Dot to Dot Festival 2019

Touring multi-venue festival Dot to Dot is returning to Manchester this bank holiday weekend. On Friday 24th May, numerous emerging and established artists from around the world will be playing at dozens of venues across the Northern Quarter and beyond.

After kicking off in Manchester, the festival, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, will move to Bristol on Saturday 25th and to Nottingham on Sunday 26th. Dedicated to showcasing the most exciting up-and-coming artists, Dot to Dot has been described as a stepping stone for musicians – acts of previous years have included Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, The 1975, Skepta and Florence + The Machine.

The award-winning festival has hand-picked over 100 artists of almost every genre, so whether your favourite band has announced a set or you’re just keen to find a new favourite, the line-up has something in store for everyone.

This year’s headliners include English-Spanish alternative dance band Crystal Fighters, who just released an album earlier this year, alternative R&B artist Jordan Rakei, and indie rock/pop band Swim Deep from Birmingham. They will be joined by the likes of Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys, pop punk trio Dream Wife and indie bands The Night Café and The Orielles, amongst others.

Additionally to the main line-up, which will play every city, local artists such as indie four piece Callow Youth, alternative pop band Dantevilles, and post-punk influenced indie-rockers Lynchs, and many more, will be playing sets in Manchester.

After last year having been the biggest one for Dot To Dot so far, the organisers are expecting this year to be even busier – so make sure you get to the venues early and won’t miss your favourite band.

Tickets are available from £14 (+ booking fee) and once you’ve exchanged yours for a wristband, you’ll get into all of the venues. These include bigger ones like O2 Ritz, Albert Hall and Gorilla, but also more intimate ones like AATMA, Jimmy’s or The Peer Hat.

To stay updated about changes don’t forget to check #dtdchanges on Twitter.

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Dahlia Owusu

My decision to leave Germany and move to Manchester was most definitely influenced by my love for music and going to gigs. I came here in 2018 and am now studying English and Journalism at Manchester Met. When I’m not at a gig, you’ll usually find me reading or in a café.