Dot To Dot at The Bodega 2018

Dot To Dot Festival is known as one of the UK’s leading festivals for discovering new artists. Here at The Bodega, we love championing those upcoming artists and showcasing some of the best new music before it blows up. With the big day fast approaching, we’ve had a look at the artists that will be entering our doors on 27th May. There may be some names on this list that you know and some that you’re not so familiar with but we’re sure your new favourite band could be here. We’ve also created a Spotify Playlist with all the artists below for you to stick on Shuffle and find those gems.

Upstairs – Doors: 13.00

00.00 – 00.30 – Secret Headliner: We can’t reveal too much about this just yet but we CAN tell you that it’ll be a huge party set to close your day in style… Keep eyes peeled for more!

23.00 – 23.30 – Slydigs: Mixing classic rock ‘n’ roll with modern blues and a fiery energy. FFO: The Who, The Strypes and Miles Kane.

22.00 – 22.30 – Dead!: Get the pits ready for this epic rock quartet with mighty riffs and giant pop-punk style singalongs. FFO: Mallory Knox, Milk Teeth and Don Broco

21.00 – 21.30 – No Hot Ashes: Swaggering funk-pop, packed with raspy vocals and disco guitars. FFO: Blossoms, The Vaccines and The Wombats.

20.00 – 20.30 – Devon: Massive indie-pop hooks, known for chaotic live shows. FFO: The Neighbourhood, Rat Boy and Declan McKenna.

19.00 – 19.30 – Vistas: Shimmering Scottish indie-rock quartet with stadium sized choruses. FFO: The Magic Gang, Circa Waves and Marsicans.

18.00 – 18.30 – KAWALA: Sun-soaked indie-folk built for Summer festival stages. FFO: Saint Raymond, Sunset Sons and Lewis Watson.

17.00 – 17.30 – Connie Constance: Chilled soulful gems with a killer voice and timeless lyrics. FFO: Yazmin Lacey, Laura Mvula and Ady Suleiman.

16.00 – 16.30 – Oscar Jerome: Soulful vocals and ridiculous guitar solos over stunning jazz compositions. FFO: Tom Misch, Ezra Collective and Rex Orange County.

15.00 – 15.30 – Westerman: Brooding, spacey electro-folk, with sprinkles of guitar flourishes. FFO: Nilufer Yanya, Soccer Mommy and Ought.

14.00 – 14.30 – Malena Zavala: Dreamy pysch-folk packed with a lush blend of wistful vocals and guitar licks. FFO: Goat Girl, Fenne Lily and The Big Moon.

13.00 – 13.30 – Puma Blue: Moody and sultry blends of hip-hop and jazz, creating atmospheric lo-fi. FFO: Cosmo Pyke, Yellow Days and Babeheaven.


Downstairs Bar – Doors 13.00

Dot To Dot DJ battle

20.00 – late – Rev. Car-Bootleg meets Heaveny Jukebox Uptown: Martin Nesbitt and Jeff Barrett DJ back to back

19.30 – 20.00 – Daniel Docherty: Serene songwriting from one of the best voices in acoustic music. FFO: Ben Howard, Luke Sital-Singh and Calum Scott.

18.30 – 19.00 – Harrison Storm: Australian singer-songwriter with millions of followers thanks to his honest and tranquil acoustic gems. FFO: Dermot Kennedy, Matt Corby and Billie Marten.

17.30 – 18.00 – Sam Johnson: Foot-stomping alt-folk anthems with soaring vocals, ending with spine-tingling heights. FFO: Bear’s Den, Dry the River and Tom Walker.

16.30 – 17.00 – Peter Oren: Indiana-born songwriter with deep and rich vocals that can silence a packed room. FFO: Lewis Capaldi, Jake Bugg and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

15.30 – 16.00 – Chappaqua Wrestling: Sweet-Americana music with an electronic swooning twist. FFO: whenyoung, Sports Team and Declan McKenna.

14.30 – 15.00 – Soham De: Husky vocals from a fine talent with delicate finger-picked guitar melodies. FFO: Benjamin Francies Leftwich, To Kill a King and Tom Walker.

13.30 – 14.00 – Joey Costello: Originally from Chicago and now residing in Notts, Joey writes personally gorgeous folk-influenced masterpieces. FFO: James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Rice and Passenger.

Listen to our Dot To Dot Spotify Playlist here...

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Bloxx Interview

Saying that this is Bloxx’s first headline tour would suggest that the band don’t have touring experience but how wrong that presumption would be. March saw them play a sold-out Alexandra Palace as support for The Wombats on their nationwide tour, following stints on the road with Sundara Karma and Pale Waves too. Now with their singles hitting the Radio 1 airwaves and festival stages set, it’s time for Bloxx to be at the top of your Summer playlists. We caught up with the quartet below ahead of their Bodega show on 8th May.

Hey Bloxx! Can’t wait to have you here but for those who may have not heard you before, what can they expect from a Bloxx show?

They can expect a really lively show, energy and a lot of fun! Maybe a bit of sweat, and the best support bands also…

‘Novocain’ is an almighty tune! How does it feel to get it out to the world?

Thank you! I think that was a tune we were all really excited to release, I reckon it’s one of our favourites. We had it ready for so long so it was hard to wait to unleash it.

Tell us briefly about the process in creating the song. Where did the inspiration come from? Did lyrics or the instrumentation come first?

Instrumentation tends to come first, we always play out a tune a few times before I figure out exactly what I feel the song is supposed to be about. We wrote ‘Novocain’ over like 3/4 times and it became what it is now and we think that went entirely better than expected the first 3 times!

You’ve toured with Pale Waves, Sundara Karma and The Wombats. Have you learnt anything from being on the road with such huge bands?

Learning how to do long tours and tips and tricks of such great artists has been such a highlight for us. We strive to be just as humble and grounded and wonderful as all of the bands we’ve toured with. I learnt loads of useful tour wardrobe tricks to extend the cleanliness of any gig outfit, and also really helpful vocal tricks that stop me from losing my voice.

Does your approach to headline shows change to support gigs?

I'd say not really, just because we try to give 100% of our energy and focus to every gig we play, support or headline. It's important that fans go away enamoured and impressed, but I think our headline tour will see a new element of fun and passion in our set.

And finally, what are you most excited to get up to on this big headline tour?

We're so excited to be able to play headline shows for the first time ever, and play the cities that we love so much again. We can't wait to visit Northern cities and have cheap pints and see friends. I think London in particular is exciting for us as it's our first ever London headline show and we're so ready for it!

Bloxx will be at The Bodega in Nottingham on 8th May - TICKETS

Funke and the Two Tone Baby Interview

If you search Funke and the Two Tone Baby online, the description of a “one man sonic explosion” keeps coming up and quite frankly, we couldn’t put it better ourselves. Funke has been taking his unique foot-stomping live show to pubs, venues and festivals across the country. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint a genre or sound, just listen for yourself, you won’t regret it. We caught up with the man himself as he prepares to release new music and take on new headline shows in April.


Hey Funke! Looking forward to having you at The Bodega but for those who haven’t seen you before, what can they expect from the show?

Alt-blues, dirty beats and a lot of groove. A lot of sweat, dancing and smiles. Songs about festivals and happiness but equally songs about your own fragile grip on reality. Plus, there’s usually a stage invasion of monkeys towards the end. That’s pretty good.

You’ve played in Nottingham before but we hear this show will be different. What have you got up your sleeve?

When I perform it’s just me on my own and a suitcase full of tricks, effects, synths, drum-machines and guitars, run through loops. My live show is slowly turning into a live DJ set but none of it’s pre-programmed. I thought I’d try to up my game this time around and bring a band with me.

I’ll be bringing an incredible jazz drummer, Mr Graham Mann (Matt Berry and the Maypoles) and Mr David Migden (and the Twisted Roots) on vocals, trumpet and synth. It’s been a long time since I’ve played with a band but to have such unbelievably talented musicians at my side is a real honour, and a lot of fun!

Your solo live set-up is a sight to behold, how did that come about?

Necessity really. When I was at college my band broke up and I started playing solo. I ended up

coming by a loop pedal and loved the freedom it gave me. Over the year I’ve added more instruments and effects to my rig as I’ve needed them and my sound output has naturally grown with it. I make a lot of noise for one man. And energy, apparently, but it’s easier to stay in time if you dance!

What’s your favourite part of the job? Touring or studio work?

I’ve been in the studio recording for the first 15 days of the year. It was great and I loved every minute of it, but I really, really miss performing. I’ve got 10 new songs and I’m so excited to get on the road and play them to everyone.

You’ve been busy away working on a new album, can you give us any details on it?

My third studio album is titled, Denizen, and will be released on May 4th, with the release tour starting April 18th in Bristol and ending at The Bodega on the 22nd.

The first single, ‘Genghis Khan’ will be released towards the end of March.

Personally, it’s the best record I’ve ever made. It’s blues with elements of punk, funk and electronica, complete with a jazz D&B track and a ban-the-bomb protest song. I’ve never stuck to a genre yet Denizen still feels like a coherent work. AND it’s got some fat beats!

What cities do you get most excited to play in the lead up to a tour?

I’m not just saying this because I’m writing this interview for The Bodega, but Nottingham. There’s a really special scene floating around the midlands at the moment, and it seems to be centred in Nottingham. The city has some stunning venues, is currently producing loads of great music and the audiences are well up for a party, and are some of the nicest people you’ll meet.

And finally, if you could just play one song on one stage for the rest of your life, what would you play and where?

Back to my jazz D&B track, Doppelgänger (incidentally the 3rd single from Denizen) at The Bimble Inn.

The track because it’s challenging and has a lot of scope to evolve over time to keep it interesting.

The stage because it’s travels to some great festivals and has a bar!

Funke and the Two Tone Baby will be at The Bodega on 22nd April - TICKETS

Carnival Club Interview

Get prepared to meet Carnival Club. This Northern quartet are ready to burst with their fresh, raspy rock ‘n’ roll. In their short time as a band, they’ve toured with Liam Fray (frontman of The Courteeners), been billed on festival line-ups, gained a legion of dedicated fans, and are just gearing up to release their second EP in March. We caught up with Kai ahead of their Bodega show which is taking place on 12th March.

Hey Carnival Club! Looking forward to having you here but for those who haven’t seen you before, what can they expect?

HEY! Yes, our live show is everything. We’ve worked hard on our songs but we have put a shift in into making the performance the best it can be. We’re no acrobats but we play good and loud.

You’re heading on a headline tour to celebrate the release of your new EP ‘Nomads & Crooks’, how excited are you to get it out there?

We’ve sat on that EP since September 2017, so we’re really ready to get it out there! These songs are really being put out for the people that have come to every single show of ours and love the first songs we wrote. So this is for them.

We hear this EP is a progression from the first, what can you tell us about the new tunes?

This new EP has two sets of recordings: tracks 2 - 5 were recorded at Radium studios with Kev Carrol (who we worked on the first EP with), that are all quite melodic but still have the feel of them being untouched and raw. Then the first track (Sin City) was recorded at Oscillate studios and produced by Joe Cross of The Courteeners. That’s our banger, we know everyone will get behind it, it’s one to dance round your room to. We can’t wait for you to hear it!

The Manchester scene seems to be buzzing at the minute, is there pressure to live up to the reputation that Manchester bands have?
To be completely honest, even though I'm from Manchester (Kai) it would be a lie to call us a Manc band because all the other guys are spread out over the north, and I can say the same about a lot of other bands here. You are right, the scene in Manchester is insane, but we are by no means feeling the pressure, because what’s in the past isn’t what’s on our minds. You do find a lot of wannabees and blatant copies of old Manchester bands, but I’d say there isn't much comparison with us and the old boys. So I can put my mind at rest with that one.

 At the end of the last year, you played shows with Liam Fray. How was it going on the road with such a legend?

That was the best thing that could have happened to us. At the time we were going through a rough patch, as a lot of problems were occurring day after day. When we got the call to do the shows we lost our minds. Everyone sacked everything they were doing, work and uni got pushed aside. We learned a lot on that tour, it made us the band we are today. To go from playing to a couple hundred in Manchester and not many elsewhere, to sold out 1-2,000 capacity venues was insane. Liam was a gentleman also and helped us along the whole way. We just can’t wait to do it again.

What’s your favourite part of being in the road?

The best part of being on the road is that you never know what you're in for. You wouldn't believe what can go on... It’s all DIY and everything can go wrong in an instant, but as long as we’re travelling, playing shows, and meeting new people all the time then what more can you want? I feel as though when you're in the tour bus around the country, you're in your own world and you forget about any problems on your mind. A ‘stressful stress release’ is probably the best way to put it.

2017 was a huge year for you with releasing your debut EP, selling out your third hometown show and getting on the bill for some big festivals too, what are you hoping for in the next 12 months?

After the EP comes out, we plan to release a new single in summer (which we’re working with Joe Cross on) and to write as much as possible. We have loads of ideas and we can't wait to show them to you. This year for us, we’re going to try and play to as many people as humanly possible to build the name and get as big as we know we can.

Carnival Club are playing The Bodega on 12th March with special guests Soft Girls & Boys Club and Brown Lion Zoo - TICKETS

The Night Café Interview

Liverpool teenagers The Night Café are indie’s newest kids on the block. Selling out headline shows and packing out festival crowds all before their debut album, this quartet are the new band you need to know thanks to their intricate guitar riffs and soaring melodies. We caught up with Sean, Carl, Josh and Arran on their upcoming shows, new music and how the Bodega crowd can ruin their equipment…

Hello The Night Café! Looking forward to having you here but for those who haven’t seen you before, what can they expect from the live show?

What’s happenin!I think people should just expect to have a good time at a heavy show with lots of good music.

Your music radiates sunny indie-pop vibes with an underlying dark edge. Where did the inspiration for your sound come from?

We all listen to lots of different music, we don't focus on a certain genre or band really. We love bands like Title Fight, Basement, Brockhampton and love artists like Jordan Rakei and Tom Misch. That just scrapes the surface, it's a very mixed bag.

You’ve spent time supporting Blaenavon, Sundara Karma and The Hunna. How do headline shows differ?
Our headline shows just go off more for us and just feel that bit more special!

Your debut EP ‘Get Away From The Feeling’ had a great response, how’s new material shaping up?
Our second EP will be out early next year. There's not much I want to give away apart from its a lot darker than the last but it’s also filled with some ruthless songs too.

You’ve played Nottingham various times at The Bodega, Rescue Rooms and at Dot to Dot. What memories do you have of playing the city previously?
Nottingham's always been boss! When we had our first headline show in The Bodega, it sold out on the night and we had a stage invasion (which we don't like ‘cause it fucks all our equipment up) but the novelty of it was worth it hahaha!

There’s a day off from tour, what’s the first thing each of you do when you get back home?
Normally we all just chill and have a day to ourselves. Or if we are off in a different city we have a day out sightseeing and that.

And finally, what’s the one thing each of you would like to achieve in 2018?
Sean - ‘happiness and positivity’

Carl - ‘the respect of every genre’

Josh - ‘We are going to figure out how to do everything we want to do, as that’s what we’ve been doing and it’s working’

Arran - 'Make even more bangers'

The Night Café will be at The Bodega on 24th January – TICKETS