The first Dot To Dot 2018 line-up announcement is a corker

Featuring some of the best new artists around

The first names for Dot To Dot 2018 have been confirmed.

Once again, the multi-venue city festival will take place in three locations this May. This year’s edition marks the event’s 13th year.

Festival veterans The Horrors will headline Dot To Dot, leading a bill featuring a host of promising new talent. Pale Waves, recipients of the Under The Radar Award supported by HMV at the VO5 NME Awards 2018, will join them at the event, alongside the Taylor Swift-approved Irish newcomer Dermot Kennedy, singer-songwriter Marika Hackman, and US indie rockers Turnover.


Rising stars like Connie Constance, Our Girl, Bad Sounds, Men I Trust, Sports Team, and Puma Blue will also appear across the weekend. More names are still to be confirmed.

The festival will be held in Manchester (May 25), Bristol (26), and Nottingham (27). Tickets are priced from £13 and are on sale now.

In a press release, festival organiser Anton Lockwood said: “We’re delighted to welcome The Horrors to headline 2018’s Dot To Dot Festival. Over the course of five albums, their relentless creativity has produced some of the best music the UK has to offer, and it’s great to have them at the UK’s most forward-thinking city festival. Beyond The Horrors, really the festival is about new music, and our other two main headliners are new artists destined for huge things.

“Pale Waves and Dermot Kennedy are both rising fast, and we’re very excited to bring them to you just as they reach a wider audience. Of course, as befits an event that last year was recognised as the Best Festival For Emerging Talent, we also have an array of the finest brand new artists, which will be announced very soon. We’ve seen many artists go on to huge success after playing at D2D and we can’t wait to see what this year’s bunch will go on to achieve!”


The line-up for Dot To Dot 2018 so far is as follows:

The Horrors
Dermot Kennedy

Pale Waves
Marika Hackman

Bad Sounds
Gus Dapperton
The Regrettes
Adam French
AKA George
Connie Constance
Daniel Alexander
Daniel Docherty
Easy Life
George Glew
Grand Pax
Haiku Hands
Helena Deland
Kyle Craft
Malena Zavala
Men I Trust
Noah Kahan
Our Girl
Peter Oren
Puma Blue
Soham De
Sports Team
The Kite String Tangle
The Mysterines
The Snuts
Winston Surfshirt