Festival Review: Dot To Dot
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Last weekend marked it; festival season had well and truly burst to life. My first one of the season? It had to be Dot To Dot. Taking over three different cities over three days, Nottingham (the city that spawned the event back in 2005) closed the proceedings unearthing the hottest new artists around. The celebration filled the streets as eager music fanatics piled into over fifteen venues, including swanky but intimate Spanky Van Dykes, latest opening Rough Trade, and the European style Jam Cafe. My experience however, started with a delayed coach service. We all know what sort of National isn’t Express at all. Arriving just in time to catch hotly tipped (and rightly so) musical magician Rhodes in Nottingham’s gem - Rock City. Divine vocals filled the air as nobody dared to breathe a word, at fear of destroying the power accompanied by a full band. Following was the university success story Amber Run, praised for powerful ballads with delightful instrumentals. The band dusted off old favourites and introduced an electrified audience to tracks lifted from their debut album 5AM. With a Jack Black School of Rock style stage presence, the guys energised the venue with passion, and quite a bit of sweat.
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