by Ben Adsett
There is nothing that says festival fun like planning!
With a line-up as packed as this year’s Slamdunk planning will be a necessity to avoid missing something incredible. To be honest you will miss a lot of great things – there are only so many stage dashes you can make in a day. Luckily the kind folks at Slam Dunk have a solution in the form of an official app which will allow you to set up your personal line-up.
Taking place on three sites over this Bank Holiday Weekend, Slamdunk will descend on Birmingham’s NEC (Saturday 27th), Leeds City Centre (Sunday 28th) and Hatfield Forum in Hertfordshire (Monday 29th). This year, much like previous years, offers a fine array of acts ranging from old to new and combining heroes with your next favourite band.
However you look at it the festival is going to be back to back quality acts over eight stages. So with so many bands and acts to catch, Vulture Hound has put together this handy guide to make the most out of this years event.
Grab a pen or the app and get planning…
YOUR NEW FAVORITE BAND
The Gospel Youth
Through relentless touring The Gospel Youth have become one of the hottest properties in the UK underground scene, with their inclusion on the Warped Tour they have begun to take the next step towards transAtlantic domination. Expect to be blown away by emotive pop punk, full of choppy guitars and bass and heart breaking vocals.
TISSUES AT THE READY…
The Lion and the Wolf
The Lion and the Wolf is another road weathered performer and firm VH favourite. His combination of emotive songwriting and an incredible open vocal and lyrical style make him one of our singer songwriters. During a day of excitement and upbeat performances this promises to be a much needed oasis of calm.
Mad Caddies, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake
The Fireball stage will be the place to relive a simpler time a time where Tony Hawk Pro Skater and wallet chains were essential and when ska punk made live music fun. Fashion and computer technology may have evolved in the last decade but these four bands guarantee a good time. From Goldfinger’s catchy upstroke soaked pop punk, Mad Caddies brass laden ska, Less Than Jake’s infectious choruses and hooks, and Reel Big Fish’s combination of ska, punk and pop this stage is going to have summer vibes and skanking all day!
SEE AN ICON. GET INSPIRED
Laura Jane Grace is awe inspiring – even between songs everything she says holds value and is somewhat profound. Against Me! are a band that hold such importance to the punk scene so expect back to back hits and moments of reflection in between.
PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED
Quite possibly the best live band on the planet, The Bronx deliver every time with a combination of energetic performance and musical proficiency. If there is a band on this list that I implore you to prioritise it is the Bronx. The Californian hardcore/punk crossover veterans combine an incredible front man with brilliant musicianship and there is so much stage presence you will not know where to look.
END ON SOMETHING HUGE
Enter Shikari will be headlining an enormous room to celebrate 10 years of their seminal album Take to the Skies. This promises to be a memorable way to close a festival with much more than a live performance – expect pyrotechnics lights and a room full of excitement.
For tickets and info visit the SLAMDUNK website.