The biggest pop-punk party of the year returns this weekend in the form of the epic Slam Dunk Festival! Whether you’re attending the North festival at Leeds on Saturday, or the South festival in Hatfield on Sunday you are guaranteed a day full of amazing music courtesy of the highly commendable roster put together by the festival. While there are so many great attractions to entice the hordes of festivalgoers, everyone will have notched up their personal lists of which bands are top priority to see. BG has done just the same, and would like to present these seven sets you should definitely make time for:

Read our comprehensive stage-by-stage preview.

After releasing their banger-laden sophomore Greater Than in November, Shvpes have put in plenty of work across the festival syndicate and come to Slam Dunk ready to tear up the Right Key Club Stage. They’ve earned a solid reputation for the frenzied live show that packs more energy than a batch of Duracel, led by charismatic frontman Griffin Dickinson you do NOT want to miss their rage-infused brand of diverse metalcore.

Shvpes perform at 4:45 on the Right Key Club Stage at Slam Dunk.


All Time Low
If any band could take you back to a state of nostalgic, early teen pop-punk, it is All Time Low. and more specifically if any album could do it, it would DEFINITELY be their third project Nothing Personal. So don’t be surprised to see grown men and women alike acting ten years younger and looking Weightless when All Time Low headline the Monster Energy stage, celebrating the decade anniversary of Nothing Personal by playing tribute to the record!

All Time Low perform at 8:30 on the Monster Energy Stage at Slam Dunk.


Bullet For My Valentine
Fellow headliners Bullet For My Valentine are sure to bring one hell of a show, and with the somewhat polarising yet mature effort of their latest album Gravity, they now boast a wealthy back catalogue full of crowd pleasers. If nothing else, plenty will be intrigued by the mystery of what their set list is going to consist of, and of course the best way to find out is to get down front and center when they appear to lay havoc at Slam Dunk.

Bullet For My Valentine perform at 8:30 on Jagermeister Stage at Slam Dunk.


Knocked Loose
Bringing what is certain to be one of the most brutal sets of the festival, Kentucky’s Knocked Loose are a force to be reckoned with. No more common an occurrence is a Knocked Loose gig than a viral video of just how crushing their mosh pits can be – anyone planning on getting down in the mosh HAS to have their set at the top of their list. Following on from 2016 debut album Laugh Tracks, the hardcore band recently released new Mistakes Like Fractures EP and proved they only believe in one direction – HEAVIER.

Knocked Loose perform at 1:00 on the Impericon Stage.


Employed To Serve
Fresh off the recent release of their ferocious third full length album Eternal Forward Motion, the female fronted Employed To Serve will be looking to unleash their brutal new tunes on a willing Slam Dunk audience. Furthermore, The Left Key Club Stage is the ideal setting for them to wreak havoc this weekend and such a performance should absolutely not be missed!

Employed To Serve perform at 5:15 on The Left Key Club Stage.


Shaking things up a bit, the versatile grandson offers something quite different to the majority of billed acts with his genre-expansive brand of politically aware dance-mosh. Fusing slick rock’n’roll riffs with seductive dubstep drops and allsorts inbetween, you can be sure no-one will be standing still during grandson’s performance!

Grandson performs at 6:15 on The Left Key Club Stage.


Cancer Bats
Since releasing their surprise album The Spark That Moves following a couple of quieter years than the Bats are accustomed to, they’ve been firing on all cylinders with widespread acclaim for the project, and some pretty relentless touring. One thing the Bats always pack, is a tenacious live show and there isn’t many festivals more tailor made for the Canadian noise-bringers like Slam Dunk is.

Cancer Bats perform at 3:30 on the Impericon Stage.

Tickets for Slam Dunk festival are available here.

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