Although the weather was incredibly temperamental at Slam Dunk South this year, the day was incredible. With such a dynamic line up there was something for everyone whether it be Punk, Metal, Rock or Pop Punk. Every band on the bill brought something new to the festival which lead to a brilliant day.
Wiliam Ryan Key:
Former lead singer of the brilliant band Yellow Card who unfortunately called it a day after Slam Dunk 2017, opens one of the side stages today at Slam Dunk South. Despite new music being on the horizon, William is only playing Yellow Card songs, not that we were complaining at all as they helped fill the void left behind by the absence of the phenomenal band. The set is fully acoustic and the passion in Williams vocals is enticing and very impressive. It is an excellent, very relaxing way to start the day at Slam Dunk South 2019.
After recently releasing their excellent new single Stain, power punk greatness, MILK TEETH from Stroud, UK, take to Dickies stage. Despite there only being three of them, the band bring unparalleled power and an exciting dynamic to their brilliant set. Every song is unique and stands out with Em’s biting guitar riffs and Becky’s raw, grunge style vocals all whilst Oli pounds away on the drums like a mad man.
American hardcore punk band Knocked Loose play their first ever Slam Dunk Festival set and damn do they know how to get the crowd’s attention. Formed in Kentucky in 2013 they re signed to pure noise records. With a new album coming out in August the band are gearing up for an awesome year. The music was brilliant, blisteringly heavy with crunchy guitar and brutal vocals. Their live show was very impressive, the band owning the Impericon stage.
Metal band from Birmingham, SHVPES take to The Key Club stage. Straight from the start they are buzzing with electric energy. The music is a perfect contrast of melodic and heavy to create an enticing balance between the two. Lead singer Griffin Dickinson performs with formidable passion captivating Slam Dunk’s crowd as they dominate The Key Club stage. Everything about their set is impressive and they are a band who are very clearly going to go far.
LIGHTS’ vocals are enticing as she dances around The Key Club stage at Slam Dunk South this year. Traveling all the way from Canada for this afternoons show she definitely makes it worth while. Her energy is intoxicating as the crowd latch onto every word she is singing, dancing along to the Alt-Pop music. The set is eccentric and unique LIGHTS bubbly character coming across in her performance.
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me:
IDK How But They Found Me is formed of Panic! At The Disco’s former bassist Dallon Weekes playing a whole array of instruments including vocals, bass and synth while Ryan Seaman plays drums. Their songs are quirky, with a happy uplifting beat to songs with dark lyrics on topics like choking something. It is rather amusing and their live show reflects this. Dallon coming onto The Key Club stage wearing circles made from glitter on his cheeks, adding to the eccentric and quirky vibe of the set. They are definitely the most unique I have seen playing Slam Dunk festival this year, their set was incredibly intriguing and undoubtedly worth catching.
Bullet For My Valentine:
Bullet For My Valentine put on a legendary set at Slam Dunk South this year, but what else would you expect from such an iconic band? Headlining the Jagermeister stage the band put on one hell of a show. Everything about their set is epic, from Matt Tuck’s raw and uncompromising vocals to the shredding, screaming guitar solos. All finished off with an erratic light show and streamers their set is incredible. The setlist is phenomenal, opening with Don’t Need You the band riot onto stage. Other songs played are Your Betrayal, Piece of me, Scream Aim Fire as well as particular fan favourites You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War) and Tears Don’t Fall to which everything goes even more manic. The tent is so packed you can barely get into it, most people crowding around the outside attempting to get a view. Bullet For My Valentine certainly know how to close a festival, their set was full of relentless power and uncompromising passion.