Dot to Dot Festival 2016: Nottingham: The Good Review
By Guest Reporter Matt
Third Outing want to introduce you to Matt. Now Matt isn't really that big into his music. He knows what's good and he knows what's bad. Does he care that much? Nah. But what Matt portrays is something most other music fans can't...his reviews are completely and utterly honest. So we thought we'd let Matt take over Third Outing for the review of this year's Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham. With no specific bands in my mind or favourite venues to choose from, here's what Matt thought of Dot to Dot Nottingham by ways of the "Matt-ometer" (Pro. Mattomet-er), a reliable and accurate score given for each experience out of eight. But how will the (un)lucky bands fare? Here's what Matt's day looked like...
Chappo, Spanky Van Dykes, 2.15pm
"Chappo are a decent band. A good start to the day. However I didn't like the mics squealing". The score on the Matt-ometer is a solid 6/8.
Hudson Scott, The Bodega, 3pm
"Hudson Scott did not show up. Apparently, according to the barman, the van broke down on the way up and they didn't have a valid MOT. It's therefore quite difficult to give them a score, but I will anyway". The very fair Matt-ometer reading is a certain 0/8.
©Little Green Cars by 3rd
Mirror Furies, The Bodega Bar, 3.30pm
"Mirror Furies have got a great band name. The female vocalist has a good voice, that's the positive. The negative is that it was all a bit mopey and you couldn't hear what she was saying. I became disinterested". The scoring on the Matt-ometer is 3/8.
*At around about this point Matt took a break from the music reviewing to sit in a few bars and soak in the atmosphere. Both Suede Bar and The Orange Tree provided excellent lager shandy and cocktail refreshments, with a good selection of live background music*. But the show must go on...
Little Green Cars, Nottingham Trent Uni, 6.15pm
"I wasn't very impressed by Little Green Cars. They sound too much like a band from the late 90's. Again the female vocalist had a very good voice. But I must say they were a little dull". Matt-ometer reads at 2/8.
©Rat Boy by 3rd
Rat Boy, Rock City, 7pm
"Rat Boy I liked. In fact it was most enjoyable. If it didn't remind me of early 00's Rock Hip Hop and Smash Mouth so much it would have been a perfect score". A very high Matt-ometer of 7/8. *A few Jägers from the back of the Jäger-van were then enjoyed outside during the break due to top post-gig spirits*.
Augustines, Rock City, 8.15pm
"That was definitely a 6/8. As a whole I enjoyed Augustines. However there are a few points I'd like to bring up here. First of all, you should never head bang on a keyboard. Ever. Secondly, the front man acted like he was headlining Glastonbury and addressing individuals in the crowd. That is far too arrogant when it actually isn't even dark outside yet. The Matt-ometer says 6/8.
Rough Trade, Lacey, 9pm
"Who's Lacey? This band? I actually didn't notice they were playing live until I saw them. It was background". The Matt-ometer reads only 1/8.
©Night Beats by 3rd
April Towers, Rough Trade, 10pm
"April Towers have a very good stage presence. In fact, some of the audience were a bit nuts too. Rumours have it that a stage invasion took place, and a member of AT was shredding guitar whilst sitting on the audience's shoulders. Has Rough Trade ever seen anything like it?" The Matt-ometer says 7/8.
Night Beats, The Bodega, 11pm
"I really, really enjoyed this. The stage presence was very good. I like how Night Beats have got this Southern Gothic Rock thing going on. They are a little bit like Kyuss. But I liked it very much". The highest scoring band of the night, the Matt-ometer gives this a smash hit 8/8.