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General Information

Dot To Dot is a metropolitan festival taking place in Bristol on Saturday and Nottingham on Sunday. We take a full line-up of the hottest performers around, on tour with us from city to city over the weekend.

Being a multi-venue metropolitan festival means that we get to make use of the best venues across 2 cities, filling their stages all day with exciting artists. To get into all these venues (age restrictions may apply) you’ll just need one wristband, which you can get at the start of the day by visiting our Wristband Exchange and swapping your ticket or e-ticket for a wristband.

As venue capacities are regulated, we advise that if you are keen to see a particular band you make sure to get to the stage with plenty of time to spare, to avoid disappointment.

Dot To Dot Festival 2025 takes place on 24th May in Bristol and 25th May in Nottingham.

The festival is a 14+ festival, however due to the nature of using many different venues with their own unique requirements, some venues are 18+.

You can see each venue's age restriction and who is playing where on our set times pages. You can find the Bristol set times HERE Nottingham set times HERE.

Wristbands & Tickets

Once you have purchased your ticket online, you’ll get an e-ticket before the festival, please have this downloaded on to your phone or printed out for the day,  your e-tickets will be scanned and exchanged for a wristband. Limited wristbands may be available to purchase on the day of the festival from Wristband Exchange, but we would always recommend buying in advance to avoid any disappointment.

The wristband exchange in Bristol will be open from 11am until 8pm and situated at Thekla, The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB.

The wristband exchange in Nottingham will be open from 11am until 6pm and situated near to Rock City on Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG. After 6pm the wristband exchange will move to Stealth.


Unfortunately not, each attendee needs to be present for a member of our team to apply their wristband.

Most tickets for this year's festival are in e-ticket form. If you haven't yet received your ticket within 5 days of the festival, you'll need to contact the ticket agent that you booked through.

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If you have misplaced your ticket, you'll need to contact the ticket agent that you booked through.

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If the festival doesn't sell out in advance, tickets will be made available on the day of the festival at our wristband exchange, however, we would always recommend buying in advance to avoid disappointment.

If not sold out, Wristbands in Bristol will be available to purchase on the day of the festival at our wristband exchange at Thekla.

If not sold out, Wristbands in Nottingham will be available to purchase on the day of the festival at our wristband exchange on Rock City.

Wristband sales on the day will be card only.


We’re a multi-venue festival, and as that names suggests, the festival takes place in multiple venues across Bristol on the Saturday and Nottingham on the Sunday. We have bands on throughout the day across many stages, and one wristband gets you into all of them! Find out more on our Locations Page.

We are proud to have many of the best venues in Bristol and Nottingham involved in Dot To Dot every year!

Bristol: O2 Academy Bristol, SWX, Rough Trade, Thekla, Dockside powered by Super Bock, The Fleece, Strange Brew, The Louisiana, Dareshack, Exchange, Mr Wolfs, The Lanes.

Nottingham: Rock City, Beta, Black Cherry Lounge, The Level (NTSU), Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Stealth, The Bodega, Rough Trade, Metronome, The Carousel, 31K, Jamcafe, Malt Cross, The Angel, The Old Bus Depot, Fox & Grapes.

Find out more about these venues on our Venues page.

On The Day

In Bristol and Nottingham, our Wristband Exchange will open at 11am.

In both cities, live music will be on in all of our venues until 11pm, with some venues open later for DJs and after-parties.

For full details of individual stage/venue start and end times, check out our Set Times.

You can find out all of our times on the Set Times pages (Bristol, Nottingham), as well as via the Woov app where you will find stage times, a personal scheduler, clashfinder, D2D maps and more.

There will also be posters in our venues on the day of the event, and if anything changes on the day, we'll post about it on our Instagram stories and Twitter with the tag #d2dchanges.

#d2dchanges will be the official hashtag we’ll be using to notify customers of any changes to set times and venues throughout the day. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram pages throughout the day to keep informed.

Each stage is in a unique venue and so has a specific capacity, all of which differ from one another. When this is reached, entry to that stage will be limited. If you want to see a specific band please arrive early so you don’t miss out!

As Dot To Dot is spread across venues around the city centre in each of its locations, you can of course drop in and out of venues throughout the day with your wristband - be careful not to lose it! Capacities of venues will be monitored and when rooms are full entrance will be restricted, but provided there is capacity in the room you will be able to enter.

Security checks including bag searches will take place during the day, so please leave yourself plenty of time to allow for this. These will take place at Wristband Exchange and on the doors of individual venues.

Large rucksacks and holdalls will not be permitted. It is advised that if you must bring a bag, it is smaller than A4. We would encourage people to leave bags at home.

Cloakrooms at Thekla and Rock City will not be open for the duration of Dot To Dot.

Dot To Dot operates a zero-tolerance policy on underage drinking. If anyone under the age of 18 is found drinking alcohol or attempting to purchase alcohol, or if anyone over the age of 18 is found to be purchasing alcohol for anyone underage they will be ejected from the festival and have their wristband removed.

Getting Involved

To apply to play Dot To Dot please use our application form here.

To apply for a Press Pass or Photo Pass to Dot To Dot, please visit our Contact Us page where you can download a Press Accreditation form. Please fill this in, including all the information requested and send this to us at


To get in touch about sponsorship and commercial opportunities at Dot To Dot, please visit our Contact Us page and select "Commercial Sponsorship Enquiries" on the contact form.

To apply for work experience or voluntary positions in the build up to and on the day of Dot To Dot, please visit our Contact Us page and select "Festival Volunteers & Work Experience" on the contact form. Please include the city you are based in, the area you're interested in getting involved with and any relevant previous work experience in your message.

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