Gigslutz are heading to Dot to Dot Manchester at the end of the month, and with so many great acts on this year’s bill we thought we’d pick out our faves for you to check out beforehand!
The full line-up has just been revealed, so to see what else might be for you click here.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas thinks they’re one of the coolest, and most interesting bands around and we can’t disagree. Cali scuzz rockers The Growlers have been around for over a decade, and are still offering top-notch beach gothic tracks. Their latest record City Club ranges from discordant disco to Afrogroove, so there’ll be something for everyone.
Glaswegian duo Honeyblood returned late last year with their follow-up album Babes Never Die, and we’re glad these babes never died. Their angsty alt-rock is on the minimal side but Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers fill it with powerful beats and strong riffs that don’t need anything else. Be ready to move and groove during their set, you won’t have much energy left after.
The Big Moon
The most perfect gang of pals you’ll ever see (and want to be a part of). The Big Moon released their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension last month so will be showing that girls can make it, and make it good. Expect big singalong scuzzy indie hits that will leave you craving more.
Dublin two-piece Bad Sea, aka Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell, are one of the last additions, but they’ll be one to remember. With a bit of Kate Bush-esque uniqueness and darkness in Ciara’s vocals and a mixture of dream pop, country and 60s magic in the arrangements, there’s something a little different than your standard duo.
Singer songwriter Cosmo Pyke has caused a stir with his easy-going and mellow tunes, even Craig David’s a fan. You might recognise him from his cameo in Frank Ocean’s ‘Nikes’ video’ and modelling shoots, but his music’s more impressive. If you’re a fan of King Krule, then Cosmo will be your thing too.
Laid back beats matched with fresh, crisp croons that bring back the memories of King Krule and Only Real, welcome to Yellow Days. There’s some sick 80s style synths, delicate riffs, and some dark blues thrown in. You’ll be wanting to shed a tear for George van den Broek with all the heartbreak and romance in his tracks.
If you’re a fan of psychedelia but with a darker edge, Crimsons are your cup of tea. They’re post-punk and psych brought up to date, but with something new. They say they’re “melody makers, hip shakers, more flower power than your local bakers,” and they’re not far off.
Kashmere have gained support from BBC Introducing and This Feeling, and impressed crowds across Manchester, so Dot to Dot will be the time to see them impress once again. Uptempo indie pop, with its fresh-faced enthusiasm. You can’t go wrong.
The Opera Comic
They were a bit of a mystery, with spiralling posters appearing around Leeds, but The Opera Comic have exposed themselves. They bring throwback indie up to date. Cheery riffs, anthemic lyrics and new-age romanticism will cause a stir across the Pennines.
For some summery tunes with colourful riffs and energetic riffs, make sure you head to Foxglove’s set. The four-piece indie group bring tracks that will (hopefully) mirror the sun outside, and entice you into a bit of a boogie.