On the road with...

Clash hitched a lift to last weekends Dot 2 Dot Festival in the tour (or vibe as they like to call it) bus of burgeoning post-punk-soul, London based band Foreign Office. As we cruised between Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester we asked them to keep a diary of the happenings of each day, and to pick out the bands that caught their eye. Here is their report:

On Saturday afternoon we arrived in Bristol and headed with intent straight for Academy 2 to catch Fixers, after seeing them recently at London's Cargo. That show ended with frankly the most epic encore of unadulterated feedback we've ever witnessed. Stepping inside the Academy from the bright West Country sunshine, it was almost pitch black and Fixers helped create a superb atmosphere with their pyschedelic pop. They didn't disappoint the sweaty crowd who thankfully managed to stay upright despite the fact you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. We headed off to play our show at the Cooler and later ended up on the boat venue Thekla. Last time we partied on a boat was in Slovakia, so Bristol had a lot to live up to! Safe to say it stepped up to the challenge, achieving a proper first-day-of-a-festival buzz with not a tent in sight. On evidence we weren't the only ones having a fantastic time - Big Jeff was going at it hard, the only true barometer of a successful evening in Bristol.

We carried a few sore heads over to Nottingham for day two. We're massive fans of local band Swimming, so it seemed only fitting to us that they play to a packed out Rock City. We played some shows together last month and were instantly thrilled by their soundscapes and creative live show. Their tune Sun In the Island received a huge reception from a Nottingham crowd who had a glint of pride in their eyes. As soon as Swimming finished we hit the stage downstairs at Rock City, thoroughly enjoying our show and pleased to see our tunes met with some rather inventive dancing. The evening in Nottingham again had a true festival atmosphere with street performers, a Silent Disco, plus countless more bands and a lot of friendly ladies and gents.

By day three of Dot 2 Dot we were starting to appreciate how unique the travelling Festival is, and we got on the road again to Manchester. We hovered around the Academy all day, as there were 4 venues to choose from. Our show was in Academy 2, a room we played to a couple of months ago supporting Carl Barat. It was great to return and have another well received gig. Mancunians really are amazingly friendly and they seemed to be enjoying the bank holiday in good style. Paella was on the menu again post gig, after which we headed out to see some more bands. We've been fans of Wolf Gang for some time now so we headed upstairs to check out and their set at Academy 3. It was one-in-one-out and they smashed it, we can't wait for our tour together in June.

Foreign Office Tour Dates:

Sunday 12th June - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh – w/Wolf Gang
Monday 13th June - Arts Centre, Norwich - w/Wolf Gang
Tuesday 14th June - Arts Centre, Colchester - w/Wolf Gang
Friday 17th June – Academy, Oxford - w/Wolf Gang
Saturday 18th June – Audio, Brighton - w/Wolf Gang
Sunday 19th June – Joiners, Southampton - w/Wolf Gang
Friday 1st July - Delamere Forest, Cheshire - Special Guests to Erasure
Friday 22nd July - Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire

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