A snapshot of Dot-To-Dot

2nd June 2013

On Sunday 26th May, Nottingham was lucky enough to host the third instalment of the Dot-to-Dot festival 2013, in association with Fred Perry Subculture. With a wide range of acts across eight venues, Dot to Dot brought an electric atmosphere to Nottingham and kicked off the the festival season with an incredibly worthy bang.

Swim Deep, Rock City, 5pm
These Birmingham based boys have crashed onto the music scene causing a stir with their light grungy-pop influenced sound. With an early slot on the Rock City main stage, they received a relatively large crowd who unexpectedly took to their dancing shoes. The crowd went wild to the instantly recognisable, chilled-out anthem that is ‘Honey’. Swim Deep’s youthful mellow sound was fittingly reflective of the sunny festival weather outside, which they maintained throughout their unfortunately short set. Swim Deep showcased their future album tracks, ‘King City’ and ‘Simmer’, tracks which stick to their distinguishably rich sound, along with ‘She Changes The Weather’ and fan favourite ‘The Sea’. With an already loyal fan base, these boys continue to gain popularity and Dot-To-Dot has will have only added to that.

Leo Stannard // Indiana, Rescue Rooms, 6.30pm
Stopping off for a drink at the Rescue Rooms Acoustic Bar midway through the day, Leo Stannard was taking the stage. His husky vocals and jazzy sound were a great contrast to the craziness that is Dot-To-Dot. Next door on the Fred Perry Subculture Stage, Nottingham’s own Indiana captured the supporting crowd with her enchanting vocals and lyricism. Recent track ‘Bound’ was well received, whilst her exploration of electronica complimented her gentle yet striking vocals, creating a haunting sound, which you couldn’t help but to be attracted to. Certain tracks lacked slight variation, but Indiana proved to live up to Nottingham’s expectation as its next big thing.

Little Green Cars Rescue Rooms, 7.30pm
Irish five piece, Little Green Cars came out and launched into their half an hour set, barely putting a foot wrong. The male-female unison clearly worked well on songs such as ‘Red’ and ‘Harper Lee’ with the only female member of the band, Faye O’Rourke, carrying the band with her impressive stage presence and strong range of vocals. However, at times her loud, almost shouty voice took over in songs, in ‘John Wayne’ for example, that you could barely hear Stevie Appleby, the lead singer, who leads the record. It felt that there were too many voices on stage, which took away from the performance. Nevertheless, Little Green Cars received a great response and played good set, whether it was memorable begs to differ.

The 1975 Rock City, 10:15pm
The hotly tipped The 1975 have had a successful year so far and after their performance, it was understandable why. Taking stage to a packed out Rock City, The 1975 dived straight into the bassy new single ‘The City’, with Matthew Healey’s unique vocals sounding just as they do on record. The band have already gained much attention due to their successful single ‘Chocolate’, which sparked the ultimate sing-a-long from the lively DTD crowd. With an electric and enthusiastic atmosphere, The 1975 were in their element. Having admitted to having been “slightly unprepared”, it certainly did not show. Energy erupted as the opening chords of ‘Sex’ resonated around the overflowing Rock City, with the atmosphere increasing for what was the highlight of their set. Considering The 1975 had played Radio 1’s Big Weekend the night before, they remain animated and even declared the crowd to be better than the previous Dot-To-Dot crowds. The 1975 deservedly ended the festival and left the crowd excitedly hankering for more. Headlining Dot-To-Dot? Check. Releasing their debut album next month? Check. Things can only get better for The 1975.

Jess Salter