FIVE BANDS TO SEE AT SLAM DUNK

 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.


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CANTERBURY TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM IN JULY

Canterbury, one of the most beloved UK bands are set to release their second album ‘Heavy In The Day’ through Sweet Lime Records on July 9th. The album is available for presale now here and will be celebrating its release with an intimate launch show at Camden Barfly on July 19th. Tickets will be available at this link on 25th April and are bound to go quick, so don’t miss out!

So here we are, another year has crept upon us, and what a year it’s going to be. With no time to even contemplate what’s in store this year, venues are jammed pack full of tours across the UK, with some of the biggest tours we’ve seen in a long time. It’s not just our home grown talent that’s making stops around the country, in fact, quite the opposite with a huge list of pop punk and alternative bands flying from across the pond to grace us with a visit.

First to arrive are loveable Americans, Four Year Strong, who come to the UK with the first plays of new album, In some way, shape or form which was released last November in the UK. The band will only be here for a week but are still making sure no fan is left playing from Leeds to Portsmouth. Support comes from rising British talent, Don Broco and pop punkers, A Loss for Words. They were meant to be joined by American newcomers, This Time Next Year, however due to financial issues the bands announced before Christmas they would have to pull out and apologise to any UK fan that was going to see them. Expect a whole host of crowd sing-alongs when the Four Year Strong takes to the stage. A tour not to be missed.

Next to come from across the pond are the fan girls favourite, All Time Low, no stranger to the UK, the band are followed by a great support that can rival the All Time Low themselves. We Are The In Crowd are a male and female dual vocal led group, but don’t let that put you off. If anything, they’ve started a new trend for the music scene and front lady, Tay Jardine is waving goodbye to the Paramore stereotype that every female fronted band automatically gains nowadays. The Maine are also flying over to join the tour, a band, who managed to break their way in the UK scene after a successful headline tour early last year. Although All Time Low have shot to fame on this side of the Atlantic, the band have actually been around for quite a few years – so don’t let the cheesy pop punk put you off. I assure you, between songs the guys will provide you with some laughs as, unlike many other ‘we’re good looking and we know it’ bands that seem to be ever increasing in the music world, All Time Low do not release it and if anything would rather be vulgar on stage than make the crowd of adoring fans love them anymore.

Its not just our American friends going on tour this month, Watford boys Lower Than Atlantis are touring all over the UK. Still breaking through the UK scene 2012 will no doubt be the year for these boys. After getting back from the US at the end of last year, they have took a short break before getting back on the road on the 20th. They’ve already managed to sell out the Southampton and London dates so make sure you get yourself a ticket whilst you can.

Coming back to the UK are Brand New, this is a rare opportunity so if you’re a fan, grab a ticket whilst you can because Brand New don’t stick around for long. Frontman Jesse Lacey and the boys come back to our shores this February and there’s no doubt each show will be totally unique. The bands lyrics are enough to send shivers down anybody’s spine so expect something special, and for less than £20 it’s more than worth it.

Finally, this year see’s the return of the annual Kerrang! Tour Sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, which always has some amazing headliners with rising acts that are sure to impress with past years hosting it to the likes of Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong and Alexisonfire. True to its word, this year has a cracking line-up, with pop punk veterans New Found Glory co-headling with Sum 41, a band who rarely come over to the UK, up and coming screamers, Letlive and British band, While She Sleeps. With such a varied line up you’d be mad to miss it, and the best thing about it? It’s only £20. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to yours before the tour kicks off at the beginning of February.

There you have it, just some of the tours that the UK has to offer in the coming weeks. Make sure you have yours planned out as the majority all fall over the same weeks so you don’t want to be clashing your tours!

Additional UK tours coming your way over the next month:

Panic! At The Disco | Never Shout Never |  Young Guns | Canterbury | Lights

CANTERBURY 2012 UK TOUR

Fresh from their stint supporting The Blackout [tour diary can be seen here], Canterbury have announced an early 2012 tour set to hit an impressive 14 cities throughout the UK. Main support comes from Proxies, as well as additional special guests. Tickets are on sale from the usual outlets now, and cost between £7 and £10 + booking fees.

20.01 – Academy 2, Dublin
21.01 – Speakeasy, Belfast
26.01 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
27.01 – Sin City, Swansea
28.01 – The Hydrant, Brighton
29.01 – Cavern, Exeter
31.01 – Joiners, Southampton
01.02 – Central Station, Wrexham
02.02 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
04.02 – Corporation, Sheffield
05.02 – Cockpit, Leeds
06.02 – ABC2, Glasgow
07.02 – Sound Control, Manchester
09.02 – KCLSU, London

YOU ME AT SIX LIVE REVIEW

When the original Scottish dates of You Me At Six’s latest headline tour had to be postponed due to that pesky pre-Christmas snow, the band promised that they’d reschedule as soon as possible.  Keeping to their word (and refusing to be halted by yet another covering of snow on the streets of Edinburgh) they recovered from the festivities of Hogmanay, gathered their support acts and headed North for a weekend of noise… read more

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE TAKE OVER LONDON, WE LISTEN TO THE NEW CANTERBURY, YOUNG GUNS, IN GRATITUDE AND WE ARE THE IN CROWD RELEASES

We’re super busy bees these days here at vivalascene – so busy in fact we’ve had to acquire/kidnap (delete as appropriate) new wonderful people to help us keep on top of things! You may have noticed new names popping up on our twitter feed and we can now proudly welcome them to our ranks: Francesca, Beccy and Beth! Each has given us something new this week: Beccy roadtripped the full My Chemical Romance UK tour (and is now heading off to Amsterdam to see them again!) and was kind enough to write about the London show, check it out in the live review section here. Meanwhile, Francesca has been browsing some new music from Canterbury, In Gratitude and We Are the In Crowd, and Beth has been listening to Young Guns. All these CD/single reviews can be seen in the Cd Reviews section! Check ’em out and let us know what you think xo