Slam Dunk Festival is one of the highlights of the year for thousands of music fans in the UK. Each year, the festival brings some of the most exciting bands in pop-punk, ska and metalcore together for a glorious day of live music.
With such a wide variety of bands playing, choosing who to watch can be tough. Clashes are going to be inevitable, but here are five bands (in no particular order) that should not be missed over the May Bank Holiday.
Real Friends well and truly emerged in 2013. A support slot on The Wonder Years’ UK tour in November incited hysteria across the country and the anticipation for the Chicago outfit’s upcoming debut album is at fever pitch. Catch them in an intimate setting this month before the pop-punkers grace larger stages.
Look forward to: Stage-dive attempts and obscure band T-shirts.
Venue: Atticus Stage
Motion City Soundtrack
12 years since their debut, I Am The Movie, Motion City Soundtrack are still one of the most entertaining live bands on the circuit. With no new album to promote, you can expect a set bursting with hits from their extensive back catalogue. Justin Pierre’s eccentric personality means every MCS show is captivating, unpredictable and fun.
Look forward to: Pop-punk greatness and moments of improvised comedy.
Venue: Main Stage
Letlive shows have gone down in folklore across the UK over recent years. In Jason Aalon Butler, the band have one of the most erratic, absorbing and downright volatile vocalists in the world today. There’s no telling what Jason could do at Slam Dunk this month, but Letlive aren’t a one-man band. The post-hardcore troupe are one of the best things to happen to music in the last 5 years. Believe the hype.
Look forward to: Spiderman-esque climbing.
Venue: Monster Energy Stage
Less Than Jake
Ska-punk has not been in vogue for years, but the popularity of Less Than Jake has never faded. The veterans are still going strong and that’s thanks to their incredible live performances. After seeing LTJ, you won’t know whether you’ve seen a ska-punk band or a bunch of musical comedians.
Look forward to: A room full of people losing their minds to All My Best Friends Are Metalheads.
Venue: Macbeth Stage
Feed The Rhino
Download, Sonisphere, Reading: all of these are festivals that Feed The Rhino have played and conquered in recent years. The hardcore mob have won legions of fans across the UK thanks to their vitriolic, uncompromising live performances. Their performance at Slam Dunk in 2011 was ruthless, but this should be absolutely chaotic.
Look forward to: Bruises.
Venue: Cheer Up Stage.
Slam Dunk Festival will take place at:
(North) Leeds University: Saturday May 24th
(South) Hatfield University: Sunday May 25th
(Midlands) Wolverhampton (various venues): Monday May 26th
To buy tickets and learn more about the festival, visit www.slamdunkmusic.com