With the ever so slight build up of sunny weather, the faint glow of warmth in the air and of course the quick swap of scarves to sunglasses... all signals are beginning to point to festival season. Excitingly, Manchester is ready to kick start festival season 2013 in style, with the annual Dot To Dot Festival on Friday 24th May 2013.
Since forming in 2008 in Nottingham, the festival has now stretched its wings to both Bristol and Manchester. Presenting music enthusiasts with a rare chance to catch a glimpse of this year's most promising artists, Dot To Dot is a brilliant day to seek out your favourite new acts before everyone else. Staged right across the city, the festival takes in a host of popular Manchester music venues including The Deaf Institute, Joshua Brookes, Sound Control, The Ritz, The Attic, Zoo, Gorilla and The Thirsty Scholar. This year is set to be the biggest yet, creating an eclectic buzz amongst the gig-goers of Manchester. Past bookings include Florence and The Machine, The xx, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran and Marina and The Diamonds.
This year's headliners include folk collective Dry The River, Brits Critic award winner Tom Odell and acoustic-folk songstress Lucy Rose. Other highlights include up and coming garage, dance singer Syron (who has enjoyed collaborative success with Rudimental), hotly tipped indie-pop darling Chlöe Howl and scuzzy rock trio Skaters. We'd also recommend checking out Irish folk singer Gavin James or Newcastle alternative pop group, Mausi.
It's going to be a great day, and the perfect way to kick start the May Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester.