The wicked Slam Dunk festival returns for its 13th year this May, and BG cannot wait!
This will be the first year the festival is not taking place in Birmingham, which as a location has been sacrificed so they can redouble efforts on making the North festival at Leeds and the South festival at Hatfield Park. To sit and praise how wonderful a line-up they have put together is a regular occurence, as every year Slam Dunk comes through with a HOT roster, but this year truly looks special. Naturally the festival caters exceptionally to pop-punk fans, but it has grown to become so much more than that – this year a breath of diversity is provided, and there are so many fantastic sets to look forward to!
The Acoustic Stage provides festivalgoers with a nice breath of fresh air and the chilled vibes will be supplied aplenty with the wistful sounds of John Floreani kicking things off, before tiLLie steps in to serenade and she is to be followed by Lizzy Farrall. Chas Palmer-Williams comes with an array of tracks from his debut solo project, former We Are The Ocean singer Liam Cromby is set to entertain the Slam Dunk faithful before singer-songwriter Rob Lynch takes the stage at dinner time. Justin Pierre is scheduled to round out the day and close the stage, with two twenty minute sets.
Tasked with opening proceedings on the Dickies Stage is the formidable Bristolian punks in Milk Teeth, who are followed by US emo revivalists Tiny Moving Parts. By the time rockers Tigers Jaw take to the stage, Slam Dunk is in full swing. Saves The Day hopefully won’t need to save things, but they will have a positive effect on the day with some old school alternative, then it’s up to The Get Up Kids who are fresh off the recent release of Problems; their first album in eight years, before Touche Amore kick things up a notch or two with their post-hardcore racket, and the stage culminates with The Menzingers enticing everyone for a good ol’ singalong and dance.
Over at the Impericon Stage, indie-rock supergroup Angel Du$t are a great pick to start things off, and in a manner of going 0-100 real quick, Knocked Loose are next up and will be an early contender for craziest mosh pits of the day. Keeping up their intensity, Turnstile too are no strangers to a wild live show and with Canadian hardcore-punks Cancer Bats lighting things up after, this may be the strongest afternoon run at Slam Dunk. The Bronx are next in line to entertain with some good ol’ rock’n’roll before making way for what is sure to be an explosive set from British punks Gallows, and the pleasure of closing out the Impericon stage for the day lands at the feet of post-hardcore cult legends Glassjaw.
Melodic metallers The Plot in You are to kick things into life at the Jagermeister stage, which is then going to bear witness to the rousing Wage War, who are certain to do just that! Metalcore mob The Word Alive are celebrating a decade as a band so are sure to bring a special performance, Silverstein will then absolutely rock things before Story of the Year are set to spice things up. Veteran metalcore group Atreyu will bring exactly that and a whole load of ruthless, amping everyone up for Slam Dunk headliners Bullet For My Valentine to bring an end to the festivities and draw a solid mix of moshing and singalong.
A lot of the action is going down at the Key Club Stage, which is maximising it’s space and time as it is split into a left, and right stage. The Left Key is to be brought to life by the stomping Kublai Khan who must have the heaviest, early set of the day, up next is emo punk newcomers Hot Milk who are making their debut at the festival. Genre fusing Press to MECO move things on nicely until it is time for young pop-punkers Between You & Me to do their thing. Turning the stage into a church and their performance into a ritual is Australia’s Pagan, who are up before the brutal Employed To Serve who are buoyed by the recent release of new album Eternal Forward Motion. grandson follows with his exciting and lively expansive electro / dubstep – rock concoction, before iDKHOW pull the curtain with their brand of weird and wonderful.
The Right Key Club Stage begins courtesy of hardcore punks Cruel Hand, who make way for Wallflower. One of the most exciting and anticipation-stirring moments is then due, as a ‘secret extra special guest’ who remains unrevealed, is to perform a thirty minute set – you could be guessing the artist all day, or just get down there to see. Following on, pop punk quintet Story Untold might have a job on their hands, before UK metalcore dons Our Hollow, Our Home are set to blitz things up. Shvpes will provide a fantastic mix of sweet, soaring riffs, mosh-inducing breakdowns and charismatic singalongs. Microwave will be looking to heat things up before the arrival of alt-pop phenomenon Lights who’s closing the stage.
The Marshall Stage is home to day opener William Ryan Key who will be performing hits from his old band Yellowcard, then A Loss For Words will hope to leave audiences speechless before Aussie punks Trophy Eyes make the stage theirs! Seaway are set to whisk listeners away on an epic voyage, before Real Friends bring the pop-punk to dance around to with your friends. Hellogoodbye pull through with their pop rock goodness, and the Plain White T’s bring things to a close.
WSTR kick off the Monster Energy Stage, ensuing an Identity Crisis, before Blackpool’s Boston Manor welcome everyone to the neighbourhood. AS IT IS will hope to inspire the opposite of a great depression with their set then make way for the robust pop-punkers Waterparks, then Simple Plan are up to entertain the Slam Dunk faithful. Moving things on are Wales’ Neck Deep who are gearing up to release a new project in August, before cult legends New Found Glory tear things up. And headlining the Monster Energy Stage is none other than All Time Low, which promises to be one of the most upbeat moments of Slam Dunk 2019!
The Bombpops are tasked with opening the humorously titled Punk in Drublic stage that is host to a no holds barred, excellent selection of all things punk this year. The legendary Anti Flag are set for a momentous performance, teeing up Mad Caddies who will then crash onto the stage emphatically before being interrupted, perhaps rudely, by The Interrupters who shall not be interrupted before US punks Lagwagon step up to the plate. Swedish skate-punks Millencolin bring a slice of multiculturalism and a plethora of hits, while Less Than Jake can be expected to put on a damn fun show ramping people up for veteran punks Bad Religion and finally, the stage is to be closed by no other than NOFX!
Slam Dunk Festival takes place on Saturday, May 25 at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds, and on Sunday 26th May at Hatfield Park in Hatfield. Tickets are available now here.