Slam Dunk is a festival I’ve wanted to go to for years now. It features some of the best bands within the alt-rock scene, with genres ranging from pop-punk to metalcore, there’s something to suit every rock lover. This year, I finally have the opportunity to go which I’m so excited about. In the run up to Slam Dunk, I’ll be releasing a series of posts that not only give you my top-picks of who to see, but also give you tips on how to prepare, what to wear, and what to bring. I’ve even compiled a little playlist to give you a taste of what to expect. Oh I do spoil you don’t I?!
To start off the series, let’s talk about who to watch. This year is a great lineup, and it seems each stage has something for everyone. The main stage features the best of the best, bringing you classic bands many of us have listened to for years. For me, I’m super stoked about the main stage, aka the Jägermeister Stage.
The Jägermeister Stage
With ‘Take to the Skies’ being released in 2007, it’s been a god 10 years since Enter Shikari released what is arguably one of their most iconic albums. To celebrate a decade of it’s release, Shikari hit the main stage as the headliner, which is bound to be a night to remember. I was actually talking to a friend earlier this week who has seen them seven times(!!) and still hasn’t seen them play ‘Take to the Skies’, so this is going to be an awesome day for all the die hard fans, as well as newer fans who love their older classics. In all honesty, if I don’t see the whole crowd clap to ‘Sorry, You’re Not a Winner’ I’m gonna be mad.
Also playing the main stage is English rock band, Don Broco. Formed a little more recently in 2008, they have rose to fame quickly in the past few years. I remember first hearing about them in 2012 as they were touring with Lower Than Atlantis, and as soon as I heard them I fell in love with them. They provide up-beat party rock that makes you wanna dance around your room playing the air guitar like an idiot. As soon as ‘Priorities’ was released, I pre-ordered the signed edition without hesitation. Since then, they’ve grown so much yet still remain true to their roots.
We Are the Ocean also play the same stage and give me major throwbacks to when I first got into rock music, just as Don Broco and Enter Shikari do. The main stage this year is the ultimate stage for old classics, with Deaf Havana also earning a well deserved place.
The Signature Stage
As well as being excited for all the acts on the main stage, I also can’t wait for the Signature stage that hosts some of my all-time favourite bands. Turnover and Citizen have been two of my favourite bands for a good few years now, and to this day I still love them both as much as I did on the release of their split EP together in 2012. Although both bands have changed sound slightly since forming, they both still produce amazing, heartfelt tracks. If you’ve never heard of them before, now is the time to listen to them, you won’t regret it.
Other bands to catch on the Signature stage include Milk Teeth, who are in the process of releasing new music so we might even get to catch some new tracks from them! Puppy are also a great band who seem to have blown up in popularity recently, as well as Sorority Noise, who are pretty under appreciated in my opinion.
The other stages consist of The Fireball Stage bringing more well known classics like Less Than Jake, Bowling for Soup and Zebrahead. The Key Club Stage brings some more recent acts such as pop punk bands Seaway and Decade, as well as Tonight Alive, Boston Manor and Set It Off. The Impericon stage brings you the more metalcore side of music with acts ranging from Memphis May Fire to Stray From the Path. The Rock Sound stage is one I’m excited for as it looks to bring lesser known bands to the stage that definitely deserve some more recognition. Acts I’ll be looking out for include The Gospel Youth, Homebound and Casey.
Who are you hoping to see at Slam Dunk this year? Let me know in the comments, and if you haven’t got tickets already, grab them quick at http://slamdunkmusic.com/