First band up on the Atticus Stage at the mighty Slam Dunk Festival was pop-punk quartet Straight Lines.


 After the success of last year Merthyr Rock, the 3 day alt/rock festival in Cyfarthfa Park, Wales, is back for a second year. This year the fest will run from 31st August – 2nd September, with a number of acts already announced:

Razorlight | Kids In Glass Houses | Deaf Havana | Saves The Day | Yashin | Arcane Roots 

and many more to come!

Festival director Rhodri Jones said “We had an incredible response to the festival last year, and this year’s event is going to be bigger, better, bolder and an awesome way to end this Summer”

Special earlybird tickets are now on sale for £55 (available until 2nd July) through See and Ticketline UK, with day ticket prices to be announced soon. Camping is available at Grawen Farm priced at £15 per person for 3 nights (Fri-Sun).

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Everybody’s favourite band in the world and pop-punk legends Blink-182 have announced two more shows to their mammoth UK tour – and they’re pretty darn tiny, compared to the rest of the arenas they’ll be playing. The new dates are as follows:

24.07 – Manchester, Apollo
25.07 – London, Brixton Academy

Tickets are on sale this Friday at 9am from all the usual outlets.


The newest signing to LAB Records and CtrlAltRock favourites Cartel have released the deluxe edition of  their EP ‘In Stereo’. The EP, which has five new bonus tracks, is available on iTunes in the UK and Europe. The band are over in the UK supporting Forever The Sickest Kids and will be appearing at Slam Dunk Festival, so don’t forget to catch their fantastic live show while they’re here.


 So this year’s Slam Dunk Festival has crept up on us once again with the North and South based events taking place over the May bank holiday weekend. Like every year, the festival has failed to disappoint with the range of bands across the pop punk, ska and emo scene. This year’s headliners come in the shape of coming of age screamers, Taking Back Sunday and a double Welsh whammy from The Blackout and Funeral for a Friend.

Although the main bands at the festival are ones anyone would want to see, what about the smaller bands? If you’re struggling to decide who to see before the big ones then let us help you out by giving you our 5 must-see bands of the festival.

Slam Dunk 2012 seems to be providing us with even more Welsh talent as well as the aforementioned headliners. This year, we’re gifted with the presence of Save Your Breath. The Newport five-piece have already made quite a name for themselves on the scene  supporting Man Overboard on their January tour  earlier this year.  The band also gained great response from their 2011 release ‘Vices’ and have since then gained incredible press coverage as well as being picked up by the BBC and having nationwide radio play. If you’re looking for a completely gratuitous pop punk jump around, then these are the chaps for you.
Song to listen for: Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Returning to Slam Dunk for the second year running are the young Brit hopefuls, Don Broco. If you haven’t heard of them yet then heaven knows where you’ve been for the past 12 months as this Bedfordshire troupe have truly exploded into the spotlight. With a tour earlier this year with Four Year Strong, 2012 has been looking bright for the boys. If there’s one thing they’re good at it’s pulling in a crowd and making them go wild. If you want to lose yourself for half an hour be sure to check out their set!
Song to listen out for: Priorities

Returning just a mere 4 months later all the way from California, The Story So Far demand your attention with their catchy choruses. Not only content with just playing the North and South festivals (rightly so, travelling that far for 2 shows would be a silly) the group are hitting a number of cities across the UK with the ‘Slam Dunk on Tour’ shows alongside Transit, Decade and Hit the Lights. Whilst still relatively unknown on the UK scene, The Story So Far are perfect for fans of real, raw pop-punk. For honest lyrics with some fine, fresh, fierce melodies to boot, give these Cali natives a half an hour of your time.
Song to listen out for: Mt Diablo.

Decade, who coincidentally are also signed to Slam Dunks very own record label, are the one of the best-kept secrets of the UK music scene finally being let out of the bag. With their fan base shooting through the roof, it’s safe to say these are the ones to catch whilst they’re still small. Their self-titled EP released earlier this year took the UK alternative scene by storm and an impressive, packed-out performance at Hit The Deck Festival secured their live reputation.  If you fancy watching a band that’s going to take off in the next 12 months, then Decade are the ones for you.
Song to listen out for: It’s Good To Be A Vampire

The fifth and final band we recommend you check out at the festival comes in the form of Canterbury. After a string of high profile support slots, they’re taking steps towards conquering the world one show at a time. Breaking the trend of breakdowns-and-beards with their mature indie pop, Canterbury are set to offer a stunning new energy to proceedings on the day.  Whether you’re a fan of the genre or not, watch ‘em and try and tell us they’re not fantastic.
Song to listen out for: Set You Right.

Whether you’re at Leeds or Hatfield, whether you’re planning on spending your day at the Atticus mainstage or dancing outside the Red Bull truck,  there’s no doubt the festival is going to be incredible. With something for everyone, it’s sure to put past years’ festivals to shame with the mix of talents that are gracing the stages for Slam Dunk 2012.


Having been absent from the scene for the best part of three years Mindless Self Indulgence are back! After a successful US tour with a number of sold out dates the quartet have announced a small number of UK shows for this October.

25.10 –  Academy3, Manchester
26.10 – Garage, Glasgow
27.10 –  Academy2, Birmingham
28.10 –  Forum, London

Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 18th May priced at £15.00 regionally and £16.50 for London (subject to booking fee) and are available from or


Twin Atlantic have announced details for their biggest headlining tour to date. The dates are as follows:

27.10 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
29.10 – Aberdeen, Music Hall
30.10 – Edinburgh, HMV Picturehouse
1.11 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
2.11 – Manchester, Academy
3.11 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
5.11 – Norwich, UEA
6.11 – Bristol, O2 Academy
7.11 – Southampton, Guildhall
8.11 – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets are onsale at 9am on Wednesday 16th May.


Lostprophets and Bring Me The Horizon are to headline the UK leg of the legendary music festival, coming to Alexandra Palace on 10th November. Also playing are 3OH!3, A Loss For Words, A Skylit Drive, Architects, AWOLNATION, Blood On The Dance Floor, Bowling For Soup, Breathe Carolina, Bury Tomorrow, Crossfaith, Dead Sara, Family Force 5, Less Than Jake, Man Overboard, Me Vs Hero, Middle Finger Salute, New Found Glory, The Acacia Strain, The Story So Far and Yashin. More bands will be announced over four stages and the festival will play host to a skate show and a huge merch market. All of the fun of the US Warped, under one roof to keep you warm and dry! Tickets are on sale now from this link.


One year ago We Are The In Crowd were just setting their mark on the UK music scene with a slot at Slam Dunk Festival and a small fan base following.  Fast forward to April 2012 and Tay Jardine and Co have broken into the scene at record speed with an incredible reaction to their support on the All Time Low’s January tour and just 3 months later they’re back with an almost sold out UK tour all of their own read more