Slam Dunk Festival happens every May Bank Holiday Weekend in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham and this year marks something like our eighth SD weekend. My favourite weekend of the year, every year. As someone who has been on the alt side of life since I was a teen, this festival is one of the places I feel at my most comfortable and content and for that reason it means an incredible amount to me! Here’s some of the bands I’m most looking forward to seeing this time around:
Trash Boat – After seeing these guys support The Wonder Years last year and absolutely smashing it, I am so excited to see them again. I didn’t know much about them when they were the support, but a lot of the crowd genuinely seemed to be there just to see them. Their debut album Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through has been playing pretty much constantly on my Spotify over the past few weeks!
Broadside – Their song Coffee Talk kept coming on when I had my Spotify on radio play and I was instantly hooked, it’s a pop punk jam and I am incredibly hyped to belt it out whilst watching them play Slam Dunk. Their second album Paradise has been a fave since it’s release last year.
State Champs – They’re one of my absolute favourite bands so that’s reason enough for me to want to see them I guess? I finally managed to catch them when they toured the UK last year and I am SO glad that I did. They’re just one of those bands that make you feel good! I laaaaav them.
Real Friends – Depressing pop punk at it’s finest, I absolutely cannot wait to be singing my little head off, probably whilst eating pizza, in what I hope will be May sunshine to these guys. Their 2016 album The Home Inside My Head addresses some pretty bleak topics but is so cathartic. Absolutely check them out if you like emo or pop punk.
Knuckle Puck – Another band I am yet to catch, so was so stoked to see that they’d been billed for Slam Dunk this year. I honestly cannot think of a better feeling than being so engrossed in live music with my best mate and knowing that everything is copacetic! That was cheesy, sorry…
Good Charlotte – WHAT a band and I’ve never ever seen them live if you can believe it. Honestly don’t think I need to sell anyone or convince you to head over to the main stage to catch them because they’re bloody Good Charlotte aren’t they!? V MUCH EXCITE.
Jimmy Eat World – Now, I’m not their biggest fan in the world or anything but you can bet your arse that if Sweetness comes on anywhere I will stop whatever I’m doing to sing and dance along so really I’m only in it for that and obviously The Middle which is also an anthem. I caught them a few years back at Leeds Fest and they were great so they’re gunna kill Slam Dunk.
Let’s all hope that none of these bands clash, although I guarantee now that some of them will. I suppose that always happens because the line up is always incredible. I thought after Enter Shikari headlined in 2017 that every line up after that would be a let down, but I am actually super stoked, fingers crossed for sunshine!
What’s your favourite festival to attend and will you be at Slam Dunk this year?