Pulled Apart By Horses The closing day of this year’s Dot to Dot festival licensed Manchester to play host to some of the UK’s best up and coming artists and we opened with our must see act of the day; Bastille. We caught the south Londoners’ majestic set earlier on at the HMV Ritz but discovered they would in fact also go on to sub-headline the venue later on due to a mixture of Summer Camp withdrawing and of course, popular demand. Bastille The earlier set produced a ventilating positive appreciation which grew from strength to strength with tracks ‘Flaws’ & ‘Icarus’. Swiftly switching venues to the Sound Control Club, Clock Opera brought about my personal favourite performance of the day in the basement. Guy Connelly led the four piece to produce a flourishing sound between that of Metronomy and Elbow playing out tracks from latest album ‘Ways To Forget’, ‘Once And For All’ and ‘Man Made’ gaining a pleasant reception for a band whose career have been stop-start since 2009, this could be a big year for them, very impressive. Brummie favourites Peace played to a capacity Sound Control Basement and lead singer Harrison Koisser (who had a dreamcatcher dangling from his guitar frame) expressed his delight at the amount of people that turned up. Having just come off a European tour with Manic Street Preachers, Peace played a selection of tracks including crowd pleasers ‘Follow Baby’ and its b-side ‘Li’l Echo’ before closing on the toe-tappingly infectious ‘Bblood, thanking the Manchester crowd for their reception. Next up was the walk to Joshua Brooks for O Children. Playing at the venue opposite from FAC251 (where they played at Dot to Dot 2010,) O Children aired tracks from their self-titled debut album including ‘Dead Disco Dancer’ & ‘Heels’. The proceedings could most definitely be expressed as intimate, with a fiery gothic feeling. The Manchester crowd admired new single ‘PT Cruiser’ in a city where they are growing a reputable fan base, for their similarity to joy division. Forceful, loud, surf rock. San Diego’s Wavves sub-headlined to a heaving Sound Control Loft and substantially boosted the energy levels as they opened with ‘King Of The Beach’. Wavves would continue to play out the majority of two LP’s including the self-entitled ‘Wavves’. It was not far from bedlam down the front as ‘I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl’ was clearly a fan favourite. ‘Post Acid’ and ‘Green Eyes’ were notable tracks as the indie rockers jerked their hair in every dimension possible. Random Impulse played downstairs in the Sound Control Live Lounge to a huge crowd, just before joint-headliners Pulled Apart By Horses brought chaos to the Sound Control Loft with their two albums to date; 2010’s self-titled effort and 2012’s ‘Tough Love’ forming the set-list. PABH chose a tremendously crowd-pleasing set, running through nearly every single the band has produced. ‘V.E.N.O.M’, ‘Back To The Fuck Yeah’ ‘Wolf Hand’ ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’ and set opener ‘The Crapsons’ among others produced an ear-drum piercing performance. Pulled Apart By Horses Frontman (Tom Hudson) and guitarist (James Brown) were regularly getting in amongst the North-West crowd whilst performing unforgettable solo’s. PABH somehow organised a humorous dance-off amongst the mayhem before closing the set with ‘Den Horn’. Simply, this set was “awesome, radical, awesome, totally bodacious!.” Towards the end we managed to catch a very surprising performance from Lulu James. Lulu James I say that due to the pure size of the congregation turning up to see the gloomy soul singer late at night in one of the most intimate venues I have seen, hit single ‘Rope Mirage’ went down a treat. As ever, the lack of wellies and sunshine did not down hearten avid music lovers. Dot to Dot has evolved year upon year. The huge turnout and strapping line-up once again, in its eighth year, demonstrates the event was successful. Roll on next year!
About Ciaran McDermott
I'm into rock, indie, punk, alternative and all things britpop including: Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Twin Atlantic, The Stone Roses, The Strokes, The Smiths, Panic! At the Disco, The Gaslight Anthem, Nirvana, Muse, The Clash, Pulp, Springsteen, Blur, The Fray and more.