If you're heading Bristol, Nottingham or Manchester...

Festival season continues with the amazing Dot To Dot festival festival taking over the city centres of Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham this Bank Holiday Weekend. Three cities, hundreds of brilliant bands, loads of incredible venues and just one mission: join the dots.

Once again they've put together one hell of a line-up, boasting the new bands that you haven't heard of along with a few very familiar names that you definitely have. From established festival favourites Peace and Drenge to the plethora of fresh and exciting talent in the form of Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice, Darlia, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Nina Smith and Raleigh Ritchie, there's something for everyone at the cross-country critically-acclaimed musical showcase.

Here are the 18 must-see bands and artists at Dot To Dot 2014.

Dot To Dot takes place across multiple venues in Manchester on Friday 23 May, Bristol on Saturday 24 May and Nottingham on Sunday 25 May.

  • Wolf Alice: Fresh from releasing their excellent Creature Songs EP, a hybrid of grunge, indie and folk, this North London four-piece are hot property at the moment. Be sure to catch them before they get any bigger.

  • Peace: The indie rockers may give us a preview of their forthcoming, untitled second album, which remains shrouded in mystery. What we've heard so far, however - 'Money' and 'World Peace' - we very much like.

  • We Are Evergreen: This Parisian trio do a spectacular line in pop-tinged indietronica.

  • Catfish and the Bottlemen: This four-piece deliver straight up, bloody great indie rock and have been steadily garnering a great deal of hype and acclaim in the past year.

  • Courtney Barnett: The Melbourne singer-songwriter's sharp, observational lyrics combined with blissed out indie instrumentals and big hooks have seen her rise spectacularly in the past few months. 'Avant Gardener' is the best track about an asthma attack we've ever heard.

  • Darlia: All these indie bands are nice and everything, but what if you fancy something a bit more loud? Head on down to see Darlia, a three piece spearheading the recent 'new rock' revival.

  • Drenge: Possibly the only band to rise to prominence after being championed by a politician (former Labour MP Tom Watson), alt-rockers Drenge absolutely brim with energy and talent. Just check out 'Bloodsports' if you don't believe us.

  • Josh Record: The Brixton-based singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Ben Howard and Tom Odell, but we think he's much better than that. Expect an intimate, uplifting show that'll leave you with a smile on your face.

  • Luke Sital-Singh: Lovely folk-pop is the order of the day from this South London singer-songwriter.

  • sivu: Steady amassing buzz since the release of his brilliant track 'Better Man Than Me' in 2013, sivu merges grandiose, biblical imagery with a rich tapestry of instrumentation. He's no James Blunt.

  • Southern: Crafting gritty, bluesy rock for 2014, brother-sister duo Southern are another rock act reviving the 90s strain of the genre for the 21st century.

  • Nina Smith: We love Nottingham singer-songwriter Nina Smith's soulful, mellow brand of R&B. Mature, introspective lyrics and stunning vocals top it all off nicely.

  • Saint Raymond: 2014 has been a big year for Nottingham indie pop singer-songwriter Saint Raymond. He's released two EPs, has been championed by Zane Lowe and will be supporting Ed Sheeran on his massive forthcoming Multiply tour.

  • Real Estate: Five ordinary chaps who make extraordinary dreamy alt-rock pop. Lovely stuff.

  • Indiana: The Nottingham-born future star's new single 'Solo Dancing' lit up the airwaves and breezed into the top 20 effortlessly. Could we be looking at the new queen of the dancefloor? Find out at Dot To Dot

  • Years & Years: We dare you not to fall in love with the devastatingly catchy electronic soul of Years & Years. The band's recent single 'Real' is one of the best tracks we've heard in a while, and they have the potential to be MASSIVE. As anyone who caught them at The Great Escape will testify, you know when you get to say 'I saw them before they were huge' - that will be you after Dot To Dot

  • Raleigh Ritchie: Yes, he plays Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones - but he's also an incredible singer and rapper.

  • Drowners: Fresh from supporting Arctic Monkeys in the US, these noisey young upstarts will be hitting Dot To Dot to show that rock n' roll is very much alive and well.

Photo: Press