Dan Roberts of Dot to Dot Festival shares his picks ahead of the three-day music event this month.

The Regrettes

One of the best things about booking Dot to Dot is that we can have a band blow our minds in Texas at SXSW, and a few months later have them playing for us on the other side of the world. Here are The Regrettes, an LA punk band with riffs and melodies of competing catchiness.

Still very much in their teens, the four-piece have already toured with the likes of Kate Nash and Deap Vally. They’ve also clocked up an impressive fanbase following the release of singles ‘Come Through’ and ‘Hey Now’, both of which feature honest, unabashed lyrics about the challenges of life so far. You can hear influences from 60s garage, such as The Sonics, and Motown artists like The Temptations, all the way to more modern references like Hinds. Backed by everyone from Noisey to Vogue, we’re indescribably excited for their trip to the UK this month.

Easy Life

In a similar vein to last year’s recommendations of Cosmo Pyke and Yellow Days, Easy Life are a hazy five-piece, this time from Leicester, who are making waves following the release of their debut mixtape Creature Habits. Hotly-tipped and rightly so, they combine hip-hop beats with jazzy guitar chords and introspective lyrics, together with the odd bit of brass. On standout track ‘Pockets’, singer, Murray, talks about the struggles of life as a musician – and it’s as honest as it is satirical. We hope they bring their sausage dog to Dot to Dot!

Men I Trust

Montreal’s Men I Trust have been releasing music since 2014, but only recently have they been getting the recognition they deserve. Clocking up over six million views across their tracks on YouTube, the band epitomise chilled out, catchy indie. They can count some impressive names amongst their fans, including Belle & Sebastian, who they are touring the US with this summer. Seminal blog Gorilla vs Bear named ‘Tailwhip’ as song of the year in 2017 and, with more releases and dates planned for 2018, we think they’ll continue their thoroughly deserved rise.

Dot to Dot is a highlight of the year for fans of new music, taking place across Bristol on Saturday 26th May.