Dot To Dot festival's stretch across three days will see this year's event take control over three of Britain's greatest musical hubs. With Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester named as the hosts, the developing urban music festival will present some of the most current up-and-coming artists to date, seven of which can be named today.
Mancunian duo, Hurts, will delight the crowds and add to their magnificant 2010, which saw the synth-pop act win over a number of high-profile fans including the Scissor Sisters, who they also supported on tour last year. With their debut album, 'Happiness' going Gold and peaking at number four in the Official UK charts, it came to no surprise to see this pair sell out their UK tour in October.
Fellow delight comes from the alternative quintet, The Naked and Famous, who have already seen signs of quick progression with notable tracks from their debut album, 'Passive Me, Aggressive You'. And with the New Zealanders scheduled to leave their mark at the back of their British, European and American tour, their showcase of work will no doubt see the crowds rise in awe and welcome in their offerings.
Not far off the mark comes the impressive Nashville newcomers known to us as Island Records', Mona. With the magic of this quartet's guitar-layered sounds and increasing appeal already, the succession of these 'Teddy-boy rockers' is one that may actually see what vocalist Nick Brown believes, will make them 'bigger than Bono'.
Offering an insight into diversity will come from the electro/techno sounds of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED). The work of one Orlando Higginbottom, who is the producer behind some of today's finely worked material and cutting-edge beats. And with TEED's hotly anticipated album on Greco-Roman label due later this year, his presence here at Dot to Dot is one that is sure to grasp the attention of more.
And adding to the names of these will be showcases from the UK's young singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, the Wellington-formed indie-rockers, The Phoenix Foundation and New York City's very own indie-poppers, Darwin Deez. With the latter's scheduled play in Manchester only.
As a festival renowned for working some of the freshest in music, Dot To Dot will be announcing more in the near future. But to ensure you don't miss a chance to view some early career appearances, like those of previous performers Friendly Fires, Mystery Jets and the Foals, get yourself a ticket as priced below:
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