Live Report: Dot To Dot Festival 2024 – Nottingham

A brilliant showcase for rising talent...

Dot to Dot festival takes places across a weekend in Bristol (Saturday) and Nottingham (Sunday) annually and has done for many years now. They have seen their acts go on to huge success, from Bastille and Jake Bugg in 2012 to, more recently, Yard Act and Ghetts.

The festival is a truly fantastic way to discover new bands and artists. It’s win-win for everybody and there is certainly no shortage of variety. The great thing about a musical festival like Dot to Dot is that it opens its arms, and subsequently its doors, to a variety of acts and genres. We felt like we’d lucked out with the number of talented acts we  managed to see in one day!

Clash started the day at Nottingham local KAP’s set at Rock City. The set was an early highlight and a sign of how the rest of the day would go when it came to the absolute stunning quality of the performers. KAP’s sound is best described as a blend of R&B and contemporary pop. She included her latest single – the sultry ‘One in a Million’ in the set. Her energy was on-point and she quickly seemed to build rapport with the ever-growing audience. A perfect show for a sunny bank holiday Sunday. 

An hour or so later, Bleach Lab had drawn a sizeable crowd and the four-piece definitely left us impressed with their melancholic tracks. An indie rock dream! Over at The Bodega, Germany-based Anna Erhard played a quirk, funky and – quite frankly – brilliant set in the bar area (with people almost fighting their way in) including the song ‘Botanical Garden’. She was super relatable and joked about having to go from train to stage very quickly to being pleased with the welcoming reception she had received and went on to speak about how that performance was “the most British” she had felt thus far. It was an overall ‘good vibes’ kind of environment for all.

Speaking of quirky, The Bug Club performed creative songs about clapping your hands together to parents (specifically, mothers) and we are pretty certain they said one of their songs was inspired by laminate flooring! The songs were great and the trio’s stage presence was something to behold with songs that really picked up the pace as they went along. They’ve had support from BBC 6 Music recently and we can fully see why.  

Jacquline’s vocals shone in the intimate setting of the Acoustic Rooms, as she belted out songs with her powerhouse vocals. Meanwhile exciting, upcoming Londoners Mary in the Junkyard (at Rescue Rooms) blew us away with their somewhat chaotic, but thoroughly enjoyable, experimental sound. Their USP of including a viola in their recordings (and live shows) really works. 

Dot to Dot is such a dream of a festival, with many options for revellers to choose from in terms of both venues and the acts they want to see. With Dot to Dot being a success year after year, we are looking forward to seeing how far the acts on the line-up will go. Who knows? Perhaps we’ll see some of them headlining Glastonbury in the years to come?

Words: Narzra Ahmed 

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