Santogold headlines Nottingham festival

Dirty Pretty Things also thrill at Dot To Dot

Santogold brought the Nottingham leg of the Dot To Dot festival to a dramatic close last night (May 25) as she performed to a packed Rescue Rooms.

Queues of fans eager to see the Brooklyn singer snaked around the block for an hour before she came on at midnight – and many were locked out as the venue reached capacity.

Performing with two backing dancers, who were wearing flamboyant baggy trousers and sunglasses, her choreographed dancing went down a storm with the audience as she worked through tracks including ‘L.E.S. Artistes’ and the climatic ‘Creator’.

Expanded this year to two days, Dot To Dot played host to an eclectic mix of new and established bands. Dirty Pretty Things headlined Saturday in Rock City with a set that included ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’ and ‘Blood Thirsty Bastards’.

Meanwhile, over in Rescue Rooms, Chrome Hoof brought Saturday night to a close playing the most spectacular set of the weekend. The eight-piece performed their progressive jazz/metal/dance amalgamation dressed in gold sequinned robes to loud applause. People danced one minute for ‘Spokes of Uridium’, then head-banged the next when the bassist donned a metal helmet to provide growling vocals for the death metal ‘Mad Air Punch’.

Before Santogold on Sunday, Mystery Jets played a jubilant set in Rock City runing through tracks drawn largely from their new album, including ‘Flakes’, ‘Young Love’ and ‘Two Doors Down’. They were received with mass sing-a-longs and frenetic dancing.