With spring in the air, it is time to start looking forward to the upcoming summer festival circuit. For us at Noizze, nothing starts the season off better than Slam Dunk Festival (27th-29th May). Rolling into its 11th year, it is fair to say the all-day festival has gone from strength-to-strength each year, with Slam Dunk South already being announced as a sell-out earlier this week. Spanning across three festival locations across the UK (Leeds City Centre, Birmingham NEC and Hatfield Forum) Slam Dunk is a must for music lovers this May, and if you haven’t already swooped up tickets, act fast!
Slam Dunk Festival is so brilliant due to its consistently varied lineup, which stems across all sub-genres of rock and alternative music. Whether you are a fan of ska, pop-punk, metal, indie-rock or punk-rock, there is bound to be something for you. 2017 is particularly special, with the legendary headliners Enter Shikari treating fans to a ‘Take to the Skies’ ten year celebration (ten years already?!). Shikari’s set is bound to go down as a performance to remember, with the band notorious for onstage antics, light-shows, and one hell of a good time. Frontman, Rou Reynolds highlighted his anticipation for the shows stating on the band’s website: We’ll never write another album like Take to the Skies… it’s important for us to recognize the importance of this album to us, and for the family of people who have supported us since those early days. On a purely selfish note, I cannot wait to play some of the tracks we haven’t played since 2007, or even ever!’.
If this wasn’t enough nostalgia throwing us back to 2007, We the Kings, Madina Lake and Cute is What We Aim For will also be giving fans a taste of the noughties (and their myspace days). Although performing his own material, My Chemical Romance fans will also be ecstatic with the addition of Frnk Iero and the Patience, who’s recent support slot with Taking Back Sunday has cemented the group as a dead-cert to see at the festival.
In addition Slam Dunk Festival boasts an impressive spectacle in ska this year, with the Fireball Stage set to get even the most stubborn feet skanking. Headlined by Bowling For Soup, the stage also sees veterans such as Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger stacking the lineup. If you’re into ska, you’d be absolutely mad to miss this, as it is going to be one hell of a show-stopper!
Still not sold? Well if you’re a fan of the heavy side of life, Slam Dunk has not forgotten about you. Pits are bound to start for Long Island’s Stray From the Path and Japan’s own Crossfaith with both bands promising must-see performances. Furthermore punk-rockers Against Me! and The Bronx will certainly delivering the festival’s dose of angst and high-octave energy.
Tickets for the festival are still available for Slam Dunk North and Midlands, but South has now sold out! For further details, get over to http://slamdunkmusic.com/ to purchase tickets and find out more.
Check out the full line up below: