With the line up to this year’s Slam Dunk nearly fully released, fans of the alternative scene are sure to be heavily anticipating this year’s event that takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on May 27th. Or, for those of you who live further afield, at Leeds City Center May 28th and Hatfield’s The Forum on May 29th. It’s a festival that has grown to phenomenal heights over the past few years, always boasting a line-up that would be hard to find anywhere else and always keeping in touch with its humble roots. And, having recently announced more acts and stage splits, it would be hard to persuade yourself not to go.
The Jagermeister Stage will be packed with the creme dela creme of the alt music scene as it sees Enter Shikari‘s debut SD headline appearance as the band celebrate a decade since their debut album. Before that, festival goers will be treated to the likes of Don Broco, Deaf Havana, Crossfaith, Andrew McMahon and We Are The Ocean‘s final farewell. There will also be a set from Beartooth who we saw in Birmingham in December and a secret special guest performance.
The Monster Stage will be providing pop-punk perfection in the form of Like Pacific, Trophy Eyes, WSTR, The Maine, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Movielife and We The Kings. That’s all before Welsh pop-punk dons Neck Deep headline the stage following the sheer success of their last album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’ that we’ve been seeing everywhere since its release.
But for those interested in a ska tinge, homage will be paid by the Fireball stage that sees my very own guilty pleasure MC Lars host one hell of a line-up. With headliners Bowling For Soup playing after Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Zebrahead, The Ataris and Fenix TX, it’s a stage that won’t let you stay on your feet for long.
The remaining five stages have line-ups that are just as good with the Key Club Stage hosting Tonight Alive, Signature Brew Stage accommodating Against Me! and The Bronx as well as Memphis May Fire leading the heavy Impericon Stage into to glory. If you’re eager to get to the new bands before they hit the mainstream, be sure to head to the Rock Sound Breakout Stage that sees Ocean Groove travel half the world from Australia and Make Out travel the Atlantic. But, if you need a reprieve, head to the Uprawr Stage that will be hosting DJs and acoustic sets.
Tickets are still available for Slam Dunk Midlands in Birmingham on Saturday, May 27 and Slam Dunk North in Leeds on Sunday, May 28 but Slam Dunk South has sold out.
Advance tickets cost £44, or £49 with after-party. Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for more details.
Enter Shikari, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Neck Deep, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Deaf Havana, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, We Are The Ocean, Crossfaith, Against Me!, The Bronx, With Confidence, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Waterparks, The Movielife, Frank Iero & The Patience, Decade, Zebrahead, Counterfeit, We The Kings, The Ataris, Fenix TX, Milk Teeth, The Maine, Cute Is What We Aim For, Memphis May Fire, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Madina Lake, Set It Off, Citizen, Black Foxxes, Turnover, Crime In Stereo, Seaway, Fort Hope, SHVPES, Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor, WSTR, Like Pacific, Puppy, Sorority Noise, The Gospel Youth, Stray From The Path, Ocean Grove, I Prevail, Vukovi, Ice Nine Kills, Area 11, Oceans Ate Alaska, Sylar, Too Close To Touch, Casey, Makeout, MC Lars.