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Slam Dunk Festival 2017, Leeds 28.05.2017 - Festival Review


Slam Dunk Festival has been a highlight of the year for moshers across the UK for over a decade now. Having started in 2005, just taking place at Leeds’ Millenium Square, the festival is now a city takeover with its main stage still being Millenium Square, whilst there are other stages in venues across the city, as well as having the festival take place in Birmingham and Hatfield on other days. The festival has always represented pop-punk, hardcore, metal and any kind of alternative music. We hit where the festival started and see some damn fine bands.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 - Festival Review

Kicking off the day is Puppy with tasty riff after tasty riff. Whether they’re playing it doomy and crushing or alt and sweet, Puppy’s tunes always kick some A because they just know their way around a solid groove, that won’t leave your head, at all times.

Next, things get sad but rad with Sorority Noise who’s bare, honest and often miserable lyrics give something anyone can relate to and see themselves in, whilst the breezy guitars give something anyone can dance to and unsurprisingly so, they have quite the turnout of people singing every word.

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Slam Dunk 2016 - Live Review


2016 looks set to be a sink or soar year for festivals. While the losses of Hevy Fest & Temples (RIP) and Hit The Deck - ducking quietly into the aether without ever being announced for this summer - are keenly felt, Slam Dunk has gone from strength to strength.

Slam Dunk 2016 - Live Review

Relocating the Midlands setup to Birmingham's NEC complex (the best transport links in the midlands, don't you know) seemed a statement of intent, and proved a masterstroke. Snaking queues for the wristband exchange aside, it's a well-thought out setup, and there are plenty in for Moose Blood to open the main stage. They sound great too, which helps.

Hellions fare just as well, the Kerrang! Fresh Blood stage bathed in sunshine for the Australians to open proceedings. There are plenty of eyes on Cane Hill, thanks in no small part to their statement self-titled EP. There's smattering's of KING 810 in their low end rumble and intensity, just enough Jonathan Davis in frontman Elijah Witt's erratic nature, paired with the occasional Corey Taylor-referencing roar. They're basically Slipknot's 2015 UK arena tour, but Gemini, Sunday School and Timebomb hit hard, while new addition The New Jesus looks to be a strong hint of what's to come.

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Slam Dunk 2016 Preview


Slam Dunk Festival Every Time I Die Cancer Bats Hacktivist

This year appears to be no different. Panic! At The Disco, whose early output helped soundtrack the Slam Dunk generation, as well as an infectious early 2016 release in Death of a Bachelor, and New Found Glory encapsulate the festival's ethos like no other, while Of Mice & Men - headlining the Atlas Stage - have their sights set on the stratosphere. But who goes to a festival just to see the headliners? Here are five bands you won't want to miss.

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Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die aren't just one of the best bands playing this festival, they're one of the best bands playing any festival. Southern-tinged rip-roaring hardcore laced with rock & roll flair? Yes please.
While they've never been mainstream media darlings, they've cultivated a fiercely loyal fanbase and their hour-long set crowning the Impericon Stage has show-stealer written all over it.

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Slam Dunk - The Forum, Hertfordshire - May 24th 2015 Live Review


It was all smiles at this year's Slam Dunk festival and, despite the rain, the Desperados and beer was flowing and the crowds were bouncing non-stop to 2015's incredible line-up. 

Slam Dunk - The Forum, Hertfordshire - May 24th 2015 Live Review

As more and more bands were announced over the last few months, the anticipation was high and almost every band pulled it off with finesse, proving just why Slam Dunk is one of the country's best rock festivals. 

Opening on the main stage was Set It Off. Despite all the drama that's surrounded the band over the past week with bassist Austin Kerr, the band didn't let it show when they jumped on stage and gave the performance of their life. Opening their set with 'Forever Stuck In Our Youth' and performing their other hits 'Why Worry', 'Ancient History' and more, they certainly kicked things off with a bang.

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A Slam Dunk Of A Festival Announces Latest Bands


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Slam Dunk Festival has hit a home run with its final band announcement as the May Day Bank Holiday event spans across three separate sites across the UK.

Joining You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantis and The Bronx is one of the most respected modern UK metal bands, Architects.

Playing at the festival’s original home, Millennium Square in Leeds, Slam Dunk will also travel with new announcement Architects to Hatfield and Wolverhampton.

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Slam Dunk Festival 2014 Add We Are The In Crowd, Less Than Jake And Many More!

Posted on 05 March 2014

Slam Dunk Festival 2014 Add We Are The In Crowd, Less Than Jake And Many More!

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 First Line Up Announcement Plus Now A 3 Day Festival

Posted on 06 December 2012

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 First Line Up Announcement Plus Now A 3 Day Festival

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