A beach baby, bouncy, feel to the Academy was a pleasant surprise and I don’t mean in a Bon Iver kind of way. The Crookes were the band that were on at five and we had just arrived from an overcrowded and very hot Thekla. The only band playing at the Thekla was in the bar and we weren’t allowed in because it was too crowded.
I was looking forward to the unknown bands at Dot to Dot most of all and the Crookes fit well into this category. They are a four piece Indie band from Sheffield although none of them are originally from there. Their sound was half ska, half Grease Lightning and were a fun way to start off the festival.