Nottingham

Dot to Dot Festival reflects 'strong' music scene

Portrait of Nottingham band Swimming
Image caption Nottingham band Swimming will be making an appearance at Dot to Dot

The event director of the annual Dot to Dot Music Festival has said this year's line-up reflects Nottingham's strong music scene.

Anton Lockwood said local music features much more in this year's festival than it has in the past.

The Dot to Dot Festival began in 2005 and showcases new musical talent.

Swimming and Hot Horizons are two of the Nottingham bands taking part in the festival on Sunday.

"They are exciting new bands that fit in with what we're doing," said Mr Lockwood.

"We try and pick the cream of the crop of new bands and quite a few of them are from Nottingham."

This year, Hurts, We Are Scientists and Guillemots are headlining the festival but many of the bands are less well known.

Mr Lockwood said one of the aims of Dot to Dot was to introduce people to up-and-coming artists.

"Part of our job is to know what's going on," he said. "We read the press, we go to gigs, we talk to people and try to find out who's around.

"I think Dot to Dot has got the reputation where bands want to come and play."

Dot to Dot events will be held at at Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Trent University, Stealth and The Bodega.

Organisers also have permission to close off Talbot Street, outside Rock City, for stalls and acoustic performances.

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