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 2021 takes place on 25th September 2021 in Bristol and 26th September 2021 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+.
At Dot To Dot 2021, Sports Team and Palace are guaranteed to be playing at venues with a 14+ age restriction.
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 situated at Thekla, The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB.
The wristband exchange in Nottingham will be situated near to Rock City on Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG.
Unfortunately not, each attendee needs to be present for a member of our team to apply their wristband.
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.
The safety of all of our attendees, artists and staff us is of utmost important, and as such we have the below COVID-19 entry policy in place for this year's festival.
When collecting your festival wristband, you will be asked to demonstrate your COVID status by providing either:
• Proof of a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) that has been reported online - such test to be taken within 48 hours prior to attending the event; or
• Proof of full vaccination via the NHS COVID pass - both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior); or
• Proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days (and after the 10-day self-isolation period following the result).
Please have proof ready for when you arrive. If showing a negative result or covid pass on your smartphone, we recommend taking a screenshot in advance because connectivity can be unreliable when many people in one area are trying to do the same thing. You will not need to prove your covid status every time you go into a venue.
You can order lateral flow tests free of charge here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests (make sure you order these in plenty of time). You can also pick these up for free from most local pharmacies, have a look here for ones most local to you: https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site
Note that there will be no testing facilities on site.
How to get an NHS COVID pass: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
How to report LFT results: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
If you test positive using a lateral flow test, please seek a PCR test and verify your result.
Please do not attend the event if you have a positive result, are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate. In these instances, please contact your ticket provider.
Yes, one or the other. As an event that is attracting a large crowd, we are following a responsible approach to help keep the public, our staff and artists safe.
You can either show your NHS COVID Pass or a text or email showing your negative test result on your smartphone when you arrive. If you do not have a smart phone, you can bring a printed copy of your pass, or your NHS pass letter with you instead.
Full information can be found on the following link:
No, sorry, we can only accept the NHS COVID Pass, not the card issued at your vaccination.
For young people who have not been able to get vaccinated, proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test is your option to demonstrate COVID-status.
Please do not attend the event if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate. In these instances, please contact your ticket provider.
These are not mandatory; however, we recommend wearing one when in queues and when collecting your wristband.
No, you will not be asked to socially distance. However, please be considerate of others and allow people to give themselves more personal space if they wish.
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, O2 Academy2 Bristol, Bristol Beacon. Thekla, Thekla Top Deck, Thekla Dockside, The Louisiana, The Louisiana Bar, Rough Trade, The Fleece, The Lanes Bar, The Lanes Courtyard, Mr Wolfs, Fiddlers, The Crown, Lost Horizon, Strange Brew.
Nottingham: Rock City, BETA, Black Cherry Lounge, NTSU, Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Stealth, The Bodega Bar, The Bodega Upstairs, Rough Trade, 31K, The Playwright, The Chameleon, The Angel, Jamecafe.
Find out more about these venues on our Venues page.
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 once they have been released closer to the festival date.
Once the set times are published, you will be able to find them on our official social media channels as well as on our Set Times page.
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 Twitter and Instagram with #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.
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.
To apply to play Dot To Dot please visit our Contact Us page and select "Artist Submissions" on the contact form. Please include the city you want to play, a link to your music, bio and a brief summary of previous performances in your message.
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 email@example.com.
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.