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Nottingham Dot-To-Dot 2013 Preview

posted 24.05.13 at 12:13pm

It is back. Do NOT miss the awesome opportunity on Sunday 26th to see some truly amazing bands. If you’re a massive music fan, or want to find a new artist to fall in love with, Dot-To-Dot is the festival for you. The variety of bands to see is fantastic, each venue has a great atmosphere plus you don’t have to crack out the wellies to get from A to B.

So what is Dot To Dot?
Basically, an awesome festival over three days; starting in Manchester on the Friday, Bristol on the Saturday and, saving best til last, ending in Nottingham on Sunday. It’s 14 hours of running from venue to venue, giving you the opportunity to see whichever great artists or bands you want. There’s literally something for EVERYONE.

Who's playing?
Last year’s stages were graced by Bastille, The Drums, To Kill A King and Jake Bugg, to name a few! DtD is the perfect opportunity to see all those fantastic artists for a ridiculous good price. Once again, Dot to Dot have got some absolute corkers for you. Headliners are

Steph VS the World - No.1

It's our first episode and our first game... URN's very own After Dark DJ Will from Beatmash joins us in the studio for a very special edition of Steph VS the World.

16:00 minutes (14.65 MB)

Two Lanes of Freedom - Reviewed

posted 12.02.13 at 2:14am

Two LanesTwo LanesTim McGraw’s newest release represents the product a wise journey into several areas of crossover Country which Tim has taken throughout the years. In this time he’s done everything from pure acoustic redneck on the likes of his earlier stuff to a more soulful and jazzy sound which he toyed with on 'Emotional Traffic', his 2012 offering. What we get with Two Lanes of Freedom is the perfect balance of all of this with Tim’s styles and skills represented in very fair measure throughout the 13 (or if you’re a REAL Tim fan and bought the Accelerated edition, like me, then 15) tracks included on the album.

The exciting title track 'Two Lanes of Freedom' sets the tone for the rest of the album. With its boldness, confidence and… well, freedom, it makes it clear that Tim has let himself take the wheel for this album and do things exactly how he wants to.

Dot-to-Dot Festival 2012 - Preview

posted 21.05.12 at 3:57pm

Dot-to-Dot 2012Dot-to-Dot 2012

This year, Dot-to-Dot Festival returns to Nottingham on Sun 3rd June. Dot-to-Dot has built up a reputation for being the place to see the very best new and upcoming artists; Previous line-ups have included Friendly Fires, Laura Marling and Simian Mobile Disco to name a few. Last years festival brought sets from SBTRKT, Ed Sheeran and Darwin Deez, each on the brink of a huge 2011/2012.

The festival takes place across Nottingham city centre, with artists playing in 5 of Nottingham's live venues - queue a mad rush across town from Rock City to The Bodega, and then back to Rescue Roooms to cram in as many acts as possible! One ticket gets you into all the venues.

If you missed our preview show on Monday, these are some of the artists we're particularly looking forward to seeing:
Jake Bugg
The Drums
Hooray for Earth
Clock Opera
Last Dinosaurs

You can find all the information on artists, venues and tickets here:

and here's the Spotify Playlist!

Long Division 2012 Preview

posted 17.05.12 at 10:41pm

Long DivisionJune 1st-3rd, Wakefield

Last year on a sunny day in June, the normally drab streets of Wakefield were surged upon by indie music lovers from near and afar for the inaugural Long Division festival. Highlights ranged between 8-piece Los Campesinos! getting intense and sweaty on a tiny stage in The Hop all the way to Emmy The Great soothing the souls of hundreds of folk sat in the pews of the historic Wakefield Cathedral. One-day city festivals are all the rage at the moment: cheap, lots of music and none of the hassles of camping, but few have got it as right as Long Division.