Outside, it’s still raining and windy, but it’s already time to look ahead to a time when the populus can actively wear t-shirts without sucumbing to hypothermia or even put on a pair of shorts. Yes, my friends, festival season is on the horizon and as March melts into April, this years many events are beginning to take shape. As is always the case, southern England has the majority of the attention, owing to it’s warmer climes, cosmopolitan air and friendlier local councils. However, making the trip upstream for it’s first time this year is the wonderful Dot to Dot festival, which will park itself in Manchester on the final day of May following time in Bristol and Nottingham.
The most disappointing thing is that Pieminster are no longer amongst the sponsors, with Fred Perry, Clash Music and NME radio doing the honours this time round. But whilst audiences are robbed of the chance to taste the sublime Hiedi pie, the line up, though only in it’s early stages, already looks to be one of the treats of summer. Mystery Jets are the main headliners, presumably touring in advance of their third album, which was supposedly recorded last year. Ellie Goulding has seen fit to skip the Manchester date, meaning that the eternally enthusiastic Zane Lowe is the second ‘big pull’, whilst Manchester attempts to keep up it’s own mystique by keeping Twisted Wheel in the limelight for little other reason than them being natives of the city.
It’s lower down the line-up that’s the most exciting part, however. Seemingly breaking their only playing each venue a single time in Manchester, Los Campesinos! retrun after giving the city a miss on their recent sojourn. With Rob of ‘Sparky Deathcap’ fame now a permanent fixture and yet another critically acclaimed album under their belt, LC! are pretty much ideal for any festival. Similarly, Beach House, with their unique blend of dream pop are also key to the line-up, whilst Liars can pretty much be guarenteed to entirely demolish any audience they’re put in front of. Blood Red Shoes recent bad reviews have done nothing to tamper with the beauty of ‘It’s getting boring by the sea’, so you can expect a sea of faces there, singing along, whereas Egyptian Hip Hop look set to return to their home town as kings following their forthcoming european tour and an almost incessant amount of buzz around them. To round things off, the promising Chapel Club show their faces and Washed Out brings his insane one man show to the rainy city in a performance that could either be inspired or terrible, but should be packed to the rafters with wannabe hipsters anyway.
Tickets are on sale now for the princely sum of £25 and considering the quality of bands low down the lineup from years gone by, the promise of ‘loads more’ set to be announced is a promise that will be filled in emphatic fashion.
Egyptian Hip Hop – Rad Pitt