Are you off to Slam Dunk 2017? Stuck for inspiration about who to see? Well, we may just have you sorted. This year is all about the nostalgia factor, with some up-and-coming acts you need to catch. Stevie and Kate have come together to give you their must-see top 10 to keep an eye on across the festival.
Frank Iero and the Patience
Fresh off a Taking Back Sunday UK tour with Muncie Girls and Black Foxxes, Frank Iero And The Patience returns to the UK with his slot at Slam Dunk to show off the new album Parachutes. His raw passion and energetic presence bundles up well with his punk-fuelled sound, the emotion put into every performance is just the cherry on top. With an almost die-hard following of fans that he’s acquired over the last few years with his previous album Stomachaches and also previous projects, this is a set that will surely blow up and be packed out.
Currently on tour with Green Day, Florida’s own punk-rockers Against Me! are without a doubt going to tear Slam Dunk apart. Late 2016 saw the band release Shape Shift With Me, which will sound absolutely huge in May. One thing Against! Me have perfected over the years is raw energy and bite, and will definitely show audiences one hell of a good time. We can expect a mix of old and new material, and the witty musings of lead-singer Laura Jane Grace to fuel the set. A sure-fire must see for older fans, and those yet to check Against Me! out.
After relentless touring of side-project Mariachi El Bronx, The Bronx are finally returning to the UK with a run of shows at Slam Dunk. Headlining the Impericon stage back in 2015, The Bronx stood out as a hardcore-punk outfit who’s live shows are energetic, angsty and pure chaos. Boasting a back-catalogue that holds belter after belter, the band has also claimed that they are preparing long-awaited new material. Here’s to hoping we can catch a glimpse of this at Slam Dunk 2017!
Orange county party extraordinaires return to Slam Dunk for the sixth consecutive time. As always they’re ready and willing to party like there’s no tomorrow. We can never really know what to expect from Zebrahead, from their energetic stage presence to their German merch-men causing all sorts of mayhem in the name of entertainment. There’s going to be strong sing-along worth anthems and a their annual “Drink, Drink, Oh England” drinking song… but overall we just know it’s going to be a party you’re not going to want to miss out on.
Just added to the Rocksound Breakout Stage is South Wales’ melodic-hardcore outfit, Casey. The lads in Casey have made waves within the UK rock scene with their relentless touring (set to depart for mainland Europe this April with none other than Thy Art is Murder, Being as an Ocean and Miss May I), and their 2016 well-received full length release Love is Not Enough. Perfectly crafting and performing music which is as much brooding as it is beautiful, the band will be a moving highlight of the day not just on the Breakout Stage, but across the entire festival.
What better way to kick off your debut UK appearance than at the British holy grail of Pop Punk and Metalcore? That’s what Aussie band Ocean Grove have achieved this year. Their hard work is emphasised within their 2017 release The Rhapsody Tapes, which was well received by a majority of critics. With their dirty vocals and raw passion they’re sure to take to the stage and show everyone what they’ve got.
Stray From the Path
Long Island’s own Stray From the Path will be offering one of, if not the heaviest set of the day at Slam Dunk 2017. Relentless for touring in the scene, you may have seen Stray tear venues across the UK apart supporting bands such as The Amity Affliction and Stick To Your Guns. Not afraid to shy away from political issues as seen on recent single "The House Always Wins" and 2015’s album Subliminal Criminals, the band will certainly be offering high-octave energy, passion and plenty of opportunities for crowd-surfing.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
For those familiar with Something Corporate and Jack’s Manequin, it is a must that you see Andrew McMahon’s indie-pop project Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Offering a much more mellow, and poppy feel to the festival, McMahon was a must see performer on the Panic! at the Disco and Weezer co-headliner in North America last summer, and will certainly attract massive crowds at Slam Dunk. Boasting piano-laden synth sounds, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness offers bubbly sing-alongs and a chance to get lost in the ambience of his music.
Waterparks have blown up massively since their debut appearance at Slam Dunk last year. If being backed by the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte and having Mikey Way lay down some bass tracks on their early 2016 EP Cluster wasn’t enough, they jumped on tour with Baltimore hometown heroes All Time Low, thus fuelling the fire to their success in the shape of young pop-punk fans. From Waterparks we can expect a colourful wholesome pop-punk show packed with the cliché pop punk moves and energy.
SHVPES are ready to tear it up at Slam Dunk, with the Birmingham show acting as a home-town glory performance. With their long-waited debut album, Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair released earlier this year we can expect a lot of new material from the metalcore five-piece along with their highly energetic stage presence. With an extensive list of support slots for names such as Finch, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon and Fightstar we can only expect incredible things!
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