As festival season draws nearer, the Slam Dunk Festival is the one that everybody is talking about. This years headline acts include Enter Shikari on their highly anticipated set as they perform their 2007 release ‘Take To The Skies’ in full to celebrate the album's 10 year anniversary. Other acts include on the roster include pop punk band Neck Deep as well as nostalgic acts such as Bowling For Soup and ska punk's Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger. Additionally, the festival also features heavier bands including Memphis May Fire and Bear Tooth, as well as UK bands including Don Broco and Deaf Havana. One band in particular I am looking forward to seeing is The Movielife who got back together in 2014 and have just revealed they are releasing a new album for the first time since 2003.
The festival takes place on three different dates across three venues in the UK. Starting on May 27th in Birmingham, May 28th in Leeds and ending on May 29th in Hatfield. One of the festival's many merits is it's outstanding ability to have such a diverse collective of bands, catering to multiple audiences across all seven stages.
Having been going to Slam Dunk Festival myself since 2011, I have seen the festival expand rapidly, adding more dates and hosting an increasing number of amazing bands over the years. It is great seeing the festival getting the recognition it deserves!!
One band in particular you do not want to miss are UK pop punk band Homebound who have had a great year, fresh off their tour with previous headliners Four Year Strong and the release of their second EP "The Mould You Build Around Yourself". This year you will be able to catch them performing on the Rock Sound Breakout Stage; a great platform for up and coming bands who are yet to become household names!
Madina Lake, who are celebrating a ten year anniversary release are back after a four year hiatus, playing their 2007 release: "From Them, Through Us, To You". Due to popular demand the band have already added extra dates to the tour and Slam Dunk Festival have managed to snag three of them. The band themselves have expressed how much they cannot wait to play again!
Aside from the diverse line up, what makes Slam Dunk Festival stand apart from other festivals is the fact that you are able to see amazing acts all in one day and despite the festival expanding the prices have stayed low at £44 a ticket. Another bonus is that the stages are in close proximity of each other compared to other festivals, which means that you do not have to compromise and risk the chance of missing out on seeing the bands you want to see. On top of a non stop day of amazing music there is also an after party which goes on till 3am for those who want to keep the music going.
With Slam Dunk South (May 29th) having completely sold out and Slam Dunk North (May 28th) soon to follow in the coming weeks, this is a ticket which you do not want to sleep on. Slam Dunk Festival is showing yet again why it is in such high demand!!
For more info about the festival head over to their website and grab your ticket today!!
Article by Anthony Shaw