On the weekend of a thousand festivals, it was Dot to Dot‘s killer line-up that excited us most. We do love it when a roster resembles the Amazing Radio playlist so closely. We sent down a contingency of Amazing Radio-heads to the Manchester leg of the three day festival (which also takes in Nottingham and Bristol) to report back. The highlight? By unanimous approval, Bastille.
Bastille continue to impress as their live show becomes ever more compelling. Performed with such contagious excitement it is impossible not to fall in love with Dan Smith and his array of innovative pop tunes.
On the back of one of 2012′s strongest albums, Ways To Forget, Clock Opera created an incredible atmosphere during their packed-out performance at Dot to Dot. Layering gorgeous textures and building to a huge climax, Belongings was the highlight of a euphoric and powerful set.
Masters of harmonies, Dog is Dead played an exciting set of their upbeat indie-pop tracks. At their most euphoric, they floored the audience with impeccable five-part harmonies. Impressive.
Peace lived up to the promise that hype bestowed upon them. The much buzzed Birmingham band powered through a set of new indie gems. There’s hope for guitar-music yet.
Ryan Keen stunned with his mellow voice and amazing guitar skills. He used the guitar body to make percussive sounds à la Newton Faulkner and he packed the venue from front to back to a fantastic reaction.
In complete contrast to Ryan Keen, Pulled Apart By Horses tore up the stage with their raucous take on post-hardcore. This is by no means the first time we’ve seen PABH live (in fact, we’ve had them in for a session) and it won’t be the last. Always exciting, always unpredictable, the Leeds boys showed again why they’re considered one of the best live bands in the country.