In what consistently proves to be one of the best weekends of the year for live music, the annual Slam Dunk Festival today descends once more on to sun-drenched Leeds. Read more…
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.
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.
Why not watch our interviews from the day too?
We caught up with Bury Tomorrow, The Defiled and Lower Than Atlantis for a few quick festival questions as they played Hit The Deck. Check out the video and, while you’re at it, see how CtrlAltRock spent their day at HTD!
As the festival draws ever closer, another wave of bands has been announced for Slam Dunk Festival. Playing only their 3rd show since being joined by new frontman Wade MacNeil, Gallows will be appearing in what is sure to be a fantastic performance. Other bands announce include Capdown, Random Hand, Sharks, Hildamay, Straight Lines, Misser, Acoda, Our Time Down Here and an acoustic set from Attack Attack / Dopamine frontman Neil Starr.
If that isn’t enough to excite you, the lovely people at Slam Dunk have made a ‘Dunkumentary’ recap of last year’s festival to get you going. You can check it out here. Who are you most excited to see at the festival this year?
Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend have been announced for Slam Dunk Festival, with Matt saying “This years’s Slam Dunk is gonna be full on. We’re beyond excited for this, we’ve been itching to play since our last shows at the end of 2011 so be prepared for some in your face FFAF action!”
Charlie Simpson has been announced as headliner for the Acoustic Stage, along with Into It Over It, Shane Henderson of former pop-punk act Valencia, and Rob Lynch. This will of course be supplemented with additional surprise acoustic performances from bands on the other stages.
Headliner for the Dance Stage will be a DJ set from the mighty Hadouken, with more acts to be announced over the coming weeks.
If you haven’t snapped up your tickets yet we advise you do it soon! More information on ticket options and prices, as well as the full line up for North/South, Scotland and Wales as well as Slam Dunk on Tour can be found here .
Slam Dunk have announced their first ever sponsored tour, ‘Slam Dunk On Tour’. This will feature bands already confirmed acts Hit The Lights, The Story So Far and Decade, and we are pleased to announce Transit on both this tour as well as the festival. This tour will hit the road around the UK for 11 dates, including sets at both festival dates.
23.05 – Trillians, Newcastle
24.05 – Moho, Manchester
25.05 – Academy 2, Liverpool
26.05 – Slam Dunk North @ Leeds Uni
27.05 – Slam Dunk South @ Hatfield
28.05 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29.05 – King Tuts, Glasgow
30.05 – Asylum, Birmingham
31.05 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
01.06 – CF10, Cardiff
02.06 – The Peel, Kingston
Slam Dunk On Tour tickets are £12 regionally and Slam Dunk Festival tickets are £32.50 per day, both are available from www.seetickets.com.
7 new bands have been announced for the mighty Slam Dunk Festival at Leeds and Hatfield this May:
Cartel | Mc Lars | No Trigger | Heartsounds | Decade | Save Your Breath | It Boys
The line-up at present can be seen on our super special Slam Dunk Festival feature post which gives details of both Slam Dunk North and South as well as Scotland, Wales and the newly announced Slam Dunk on Tour tour.
Glassjaw and Hundred Reasons are set to play their seminal albums ‘Worship and Tribute‘ and ‘Ideas Above Our Station‘ in full at this year’s Sonisphere . OMG. Also added to the bill are Skindred, Black Stone Cherry, New Model Army, Electric Wizard, Alestorm, Crowbar, Kvelertak, Seether and The Getaway Plan. Tickets for the festival, which takes place 6th-8th July, are available here.