Dot to Dot Festival 2017: What to expect from Nottingham’s best festival for new talent

The weather is getting better and festival season is starting to get underway.

Those who are fans of new talent should already know about Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham’s biggest festival for up-and-coming talent.

The annual event, which is held in venues across Nottingham, has been around since 2005 and last year had record attendance!

Some of the previous acts included The XX, Florence + The Machine, Jake Bugg, Mystery Jets, The Japanese House and many more lesser known, yet still incredible up-and-coming artists.

Here’s a run-down of a few of the bands we are eager to check out this year when Dot to Dot comes to Nottingham on Sunday 28th May:

Sundara Karma 


According to Pop Matters, Sandura Karma are indie rock’s “next great hope” in Britain. The band, which was formed in Reading, released their first debut album ‘Youth is Only Fun in Retrospect’ earlier this year.

Their song ‘Flame’ has racked up almost 5,000,000 listens on Spotify! They have been compared to acts such as Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen, so are definitely worth checking out.

The band last performed in Nottingham at Rescue Rooms in September last year, so if you missed them, be sure to find them at the Dot to Dot festival.

Amber Run


Fly FM favourites and Nottingham locals Amber Run are an indie pop band that was formed in 2012. No strangers to Dot to Dot Festival, 2017 marks their first year as headliners.

The band has seen big success over the past few years; ‘I Found’, has amassed over 26,000,000 listens on Spotify.

Earlier this year their second album ‘For A Moment I Was Lost’ was released, and the band debuted it at Rock City in February.

Expect a lively atmosphere and big crowds – this is not one to miss!

The Growlers 


American based band The Growlers formed back in 2006. They will be bringing psychedelic rock vibes to this year’s festival, think Arctic Monkeys with synths. The band released their first album, ‘Are You in or Out’ in 2009 and released their latest album ‘City Club’ just least year. The band have not played Nottingham since 2013 which makes us even more eager to check them out.

In addition to the more established acts there are some smaller ones that need love! These are some of our favourites:

Eyre Llew

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Another Fly FM favourite – ambient rockers Eyre Llew – is back for another year at Dot to Dot Festival. Since they last played they have put up a video for their track ‘Vorfreude‘. Their debut album is set for release soon, and we are hoping to get a feel for it when they perform this year.

Night Café 

Yellow Days


Low Island 

Cherry Glazerr

These are just a few of the artists playing, be sure to visit Dot to Dot’s website for the full line up and to get tickets!

W: Patrycja Boryka

Written in association with Dot to Dot Festival.

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