Festival Preview: Dot To Dot 2021
Dot To Dot | 25th September - Bristol
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Dot To Dot Festival has an incredible line up of rising artists this year, from the incessantly glamorous Walt Disco to day-glo punk band Grandmas House, there’s so many unmissable acts that you’re bound to be rushed off your feet heading from venue to venue.
With many of Bristol’s most iconic music venues participating, including The Lanes, Fiddlers, and Rough Trade, there is a veritable smorgasbord of acts and vibes to choose from - whatever your taste in music. Here are our top must-see acts playing on the 25th September!
The queer, femme, punk trio have gone from strength to strength in the last year, releasing banger after chest-thumping banger and performing at some of Bristol’s biggest events, most notably supporting IDLES for their performance on The Downs. Having religiously played every venue in Bristol from 2018, the three piece are set to play further afield with their nationwide tour kicking off on the 15th October. This may be your last chance to catch them in Bristol before their homecoming show at Rough Trade on the 6th November, so make sure to head down to Rough Trade for 8.15pm for their Dot To Dot performance!
The last time I saw Walt Disco was in the sweaty basement of the Exchange. At that point they were relatively unknown, with just the odd whisper of the charismatic band being something that you should probably check out. The room was electric. Lead singer James Power commands the crowd with the energy of an 80s glam icon like a glittering time traveller. The band have rightly rocketed to success, most recently supporting Duran Duran. They’re playing the O2 Academy2 at 9pm.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more low-key but still breathtakingly beautiful, I highly recommend heading over to the Fiddlers for 9pm where Emily Isherwood will be performing. Easily one of the best vocalists on the Bristol scene, Isherwood’s sound is emotive and haunting with strong melodies interlaced with some of the finest vocal hooks around. Having been asked by Jack from Wych Elm to play the stage that they have curated at Fiddlers, it’s clear that the artist is excited to be involved. “I really wanna support everything that Wych Elm do because I love Wych Elm,” gushes Isherwood, “I'm excited to be a part of a line up he's created as I think he's got a really interesting taste in music.”
Wych Elm are cultivating a vibe that is uniquely their own. Unafraid to stand out from the crowd, the gothic four piece are in the process of releasing their new EP Rabbit Wench, which covers themes from abusive relationships to the historic silencing of women. You can find them performing at O2 Academy at 3pm.