Dot to Dot has firmly established a reputation for itself over the years, always providing early access to artists set to become ‘The Next Big Thing’. Last year, for example, saw the now massive Ed Sheeran take a humble afternoon slot at the O2 Academy. Now you’ll face a major battle with the both the bank and other fans to get tickets.

The line up for 2012 is perhaps a little less ambitious than previous years, but then the ticket price has also dropped to a mere £20. In short, if you are up for discovering some brand new music for your ipod/spotify playlist – this is a great way to do it.

The festival takes place across several gig venues across Bristol, in various states of repair. This is great if you are suffering from Triangle-fatigue, as it’s a great opportunity for a night (and day) out in places you probably haven’t been to before. Having said this, some are fairly spaced out so be prepared for a walk!

Unlike open air festivals, each venue has strict capacity limits. This means that to see the most popular acts, you’ll need to get in their early as queues are more than likely. Show up for their stage time and you could be left out in the cold.

Timed for the first weekend of June however, Dot to Dot is well placed to celebrate the proper end to exams and the beginning of the summer.

The Drums, Pulled Apart By Horses
Willy Mason, Summer Camp, Lucy Rose, Dog Is Dead
Hooray for Earth, Pond, Turbowolf, Wavves, Willis Earl Beal
Admiral Fallow, Bastille, Beth Jeans Houghton,  Bondax
Broken Hand, Clock Opera, Deaf Club, Dirty Goods + many more

Emma Wood