Originally published for Quays News on 12/03/2014
INDIE band Catfish and the Bottlemen are the latest act to join the bill for Manchester’s annual Dot to Dot music festival.
The much-hyped Welsh group join Real Estate, Wolf Alice and headliners Peace at this year’s event, which takes place at venues across the city on May 23.
CONFIRMED: Catfish and the Bottleman will play at Dot to Dot 2014
And organisers have revealed that more names are due to be announced.
Winner of ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the 2013 UK Festival awards, Dot to Dot has built a reputation for giving the stars of tomorrow their first taste of a festival crowd, which is something that DHP Promotions’ Mark Dennis wants to continue this year.
“We’re really proud of our record of giving fresh young artists one of their first chances to prove themselves,” he said.
“It’s about unearthing the hottest new artists alongside more established acts.
“This year it’s especially pleasing to see Dot to Dot veterans Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran selling out huge arena shows!”
The festival, which sees bands play across three cities in one weekend, began in 2005 in Nottingham before expanding to Bristol and, most recently, Manchester. The decision to branch out to Manchester in 2010 came after organisers noticed a distinct gap in the city’s festival market.
“We were putting on more shows there so we had a better understanding of how the city worked,” said Mark.
“Plus there was no festival doing what we were doing, which was crazy considering the heritage of Manchester.”
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As well as hosting some of today’s most exciting British bands, Dot to Dot Festival will also see acts from across Europe and the USA jetting in to the city, which speaks volumes for the progress that the festival is making on the international stage.
“Our reputation as ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ definitely helped with booking bands this year,” said Mark.
“Our link up with Fred Perry Subculture is also attractive for bands. The site is one of the top 5 music influencers in the world, so bands want to get involved to reach an audience not just in the three cities, but a global audience.”
Tickets for the festival are priced at £20, with over 100 acts playing across the city. The chosen venues are still to be finalised, but Mark confirms that Dot to Dot are determined to make this year better than ever.
“We’re planning to introduce a few new venues which should improve the flow of the festival,” he said.
“We promise 14 hours of fantastic live music- no wellies needed!”
For more information and to purchase tickets, see Dot to Dot’s website: