This Saturday, venues of Bristol host Dot to Dot Festival and it’s set to be one of the most exciting dates in the city’s gig calendar. Dot to Dot is a metropolitan feast of new talent, with bands playing in venues from Brewdog to the O2 Academy. With so much going on, it’s hard to know who to go and see. Well, here are just five of our top picks away from our very own stage at The Gryphon.
The Slow Readers Club
Purveyors of indie electro doom pop, The Slow Readers Club, seem to be unstoppable – they’ve just finished a headline tour that saw them sell out venues across the country. With two albums under their belt and an ever expanding fanbase, it’s no wonder that they’ll be headlining the Bierkeller, and it’s certain that their set will make you want to join the club.
Ardyn are a band of twins, Katy and Rob Pearson, and have recently released the single ‘Together’, a perfect follow up to last year’s EP, The Valley. Although ‘Together’ is more electronic than their usual folk-pop, it still maintains the raw poignancy that makes Ardyn so special – be sure to catch them at the O2 Academy2.
Willie J Healey
Willie J Healey will perform tracks from his upcoming album, People & Their Dogs, out on August 18th, in his slot at the Bierkeller. Hailed as Oxford’s answer to Mac DeMarco, this new king of DIY recording and laidback tracks is fresh from a support slot on Palace’s tour, and earlier this month, he played a sold-out hometown show. Dot to Dot is undoubtedly another stop on the road to success for Healey.
No, Kellogg’s haven’t brought out a new cereal. Husky Loops are a post-punk three piece from London, and if their eponymous debut EP is anything to go by, they are set for big success. Their mix of sharp basslines and biting riffs is sure to draw quite a crowd to The Island, so don’t miss out.
Top of the bill are indie darlings Sundara Karma. They kicked off this year by releasing their debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, and will fill the O2 Academy with their bright, celebratory sound. They are 2017’s sound of the summer, so with the bank holiday’s sunny weather, now is the perfect time to get into Sundara Karma if you haven’t already.