Peace, Willy Mason, Bastille and more
Peace - Dot To Dot 2012 - Manchester

Dot to Dot Festival returned for another year in Manchester and it hasn’t let us down yet. It’s showcased some of best in music and there’s always the chance to discover some talent you may not have noticed yet.

Milk Maid kick started the day at Zoo, which includes Nine Black Alps ex-bassist, Martin Cohen. They put on a mellow set and settled the crowd into the start of Dot to Dot Festival 2012. Such a great band to kick off any festival.

Bastille played two sets over at HMV Ritz after a cancellation from Summer Camp. A band that are about more and more frequently lately, and evidently that is with reason as they had such a large turnout for both gigs that night. They showcased a very loud and atmospheric set and left crowds wanting more creating a large turnout for two sets.

Lucy Rose played a mesmerizing set at HMV Ritz, she played her new single, ‘Lines’ and told the crowd that Radio 1 were set to debut it later that evening. Her gentle vocals and soft acoustic guitar seemed to captivate the entire room. After seeing her play with Bombay Bicycle Club on a few occasions it was great to see her perform solo and masses of people crammed themselves into the venue just to see her.

Peace played over in Sound Control Basement, an eerie venue with a lot of atmosphere. They drew in a large crowd for their much anticipated set and didn’t disappoint. There’s been a lot of buzz about them around after their demo ‘Bblood’ was released and they certainly had us dancing along.

Dog is Dead played an amazing set at HMV Ritz, which attracted a room full of screaming female fans. Another band that have attracted a large buzz, and they have an odd sense of charm about them on stage. The band burst into a surprise ‘Happy Birthday’ after their third song to which the crowd joined in for lead singer, Robert Milton’s birthday, leaving him with a very sheepish grin.

Willy Mason packed out Zoo later that evening and the crowd were all extremely excited to see him. The whole room went quiet and watched in awe as Mason played a relaxing set. It was one of those sets you could just sit and watch the artist quietly as they sing beautifully. There were however, a few moments of the entire venue singing along and dancing, which brought a sweet smile to Mason’s face.

The Drums headlined the festival at The Ritz, by which time the audience were extremely warmed up and getting very excited. Jonathan Pierce entertained the crowd with his signature dancing, which seemed to get the entire room amazingly excited. A great way to end such an amazing day filled with talent.

Overall, a very successful Dot to Dot Festival this year, showcasing some amazing talent with room to discover new artists but we’d expect nothing less from this successful group of festivals.

Words and photo by Cait Maxwell

Click here for a photo gallery of Dot To Dot, Manchester.

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