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10 Bands You Can’t Afford To Miss At Slam Dunk

2014’s edition of Slam Dunk is creeping its way closer and closer. We’ve compiled a list that will hopefully help you plan a day filled with great bands!

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Slam Dunk Festival is almost here! Is this even right; it’s barely two weeks away?! Crazy. Now that stage splits are up, it’s time to get planning. Quite frankly, there are so many great bands on the bill that it’ll be tough to decide how to fit everything into just one short day. Well, here at HTF we’ve compiled a list that will make that decision somewhat easier for you (we hope!). We’ve decided on ten bands we think you should definitely make some time for.

Light You Up @ Atticus Stage

Come down early to catch Light You Up open the Atticus Stage at 1:55pm; we promise it will be worth it! These youngsters from Birmingham are an up and coming pop-punk band. Their upcoming debut record was recorded with Sam Pura  (The Story So Far, Basement, State Champs) in San Francisco, so keep your eyes peeled as it will be released later this year. Oh and they’re also playing a handful of shows with The Wonder Years pre- Slam Dunk. Go on, give them a listen and tell us you didn’t just fall in love with them!

Mallory Knox @ Main Stage
2013 was a great year for Mallory Knox and we have a feeling 2014 will be even better. Here’s a band that’s great on album but also a lot of fun live. With big choruses and catchy melodies, Mallory Knox are always as excited to play as fans are to see them. Not to mention, they’ve just wrapped up recording their next album, so here’s to hoping that some new tracks will be making a debut!

letlive. @ Monster Stage
To give you an idea how big a fan of letlive. we are here at HTF, we gave their latest album ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ a 10/10 and that’s not a rating we give away easily! Vocalist Jason Butler is always giving 110% on stage, making for a wild and mind-blowing show. letlive. are an exciting band who give you more than the regular formula of post-hardcore that is making its rounds these days. Multiple sources have even claimed that they are one of the best live bands these days, so naturally this list would not be complete without them.

Kids In Glass Houses @ Atticus Stage
The rock scene was hit with surprise and devastation when Kids in Glass Houses announced earlier this year that they would be calling it quits as soon as the year comes to a close. Sad as it is, Slam Dunk will be one of your last chances to catch these guys performing live. The Cardiff natives will be playing their first record ‘Smart Casual’ in full, so get your body ready for 45 minutes of sing-alongs, dancing and not to mention, full on nostalgia. We’ll be keeping our Kleenex at the ready, that’s for sure.

Modern Baseball @ Atticus Stage
Having just recently released their second album ‘Your Graduation’, this Philadelphia four-piece are beginning to get the hype they truly deserve. Their debut ‘Sports’ was recorded as a university project, and that really resonates in their sound. They dabble with different aspects of genres that it makes it difficult to classify them as just punk, or even just pop-punk. Their sound has such a DIY feel to it and speaks from a true university student’s point of view. Everything about it is raw and genuine; from the self-pitying lyrics to the songs’ sing-ability.

Chiodos @ Cheer Up! Stage
Tell all your friends, Chiodos are back, and they’re coming back strong! Four years after their highly successful ‘Illuminaudio’, the band is back with a new album that caters to long-time fans but also attracts new listeners with softer tunes like ‘3AM’ and ‘Under Your Halo’. Now that the new record is out, we’re looking forward to experience a mixture of new and older tracks. Expect high levels of energy and moshing!

Real Friends @ Atticus Stage
It’s almost hard to believe that Real Friends have attracted such a big following without even releasing an album. After a number of EPs, the band are finally releasing their debut this summer. This band is all about connecting with the audience and ensuring that all the little pop-punkers in the room are having a good time. The good vibes of summertime, high energy, fist pumping and a sweaty set; that’s what we’re expecting from Real Friends.

The All-American Rejects @ Main Stage
It’s no accident that The All-American Rejects are this year’s headliners! Throughout the years, AAR have managed to progress and grow as a band, yet not do anything too extreme that alienates their fans. These guys have not been on our side of the pond for about two years now, so we won’t be missing this set for anything! ‘Dirty Little Secrets’ and ‘Move Along’ were the soundtracks of our childhood after all (and they will forever remain classics), so you will most likely catch us singing our little hearts out!

We The Kings @ Main Stage
We think it’s about time we bring some happiness into our list in the form of pop goodness. Who better to cater to those needs than We The Kings. A guilty pleasure, this is a band that will surely bring the sunshine state of mind to cold and rainy England (excuse the pun). Not only are they a delightfully up-beat band, but We The Kings will surely also satisfy that 14-year old version of yourself who fell in love with ‘Check Yes, Juliet’. Come on, admit you didn’t just start singing along to the chorus, we dare you!

Decade @ Macbeth Stage
Decade is one of those bands whose songs are so mad catchy that it’ll stay stuck in your head for ages. Take their debut album ‘Good Luck’; full of cracking songs that leave us wanting more; something we suspect their set will do. They may be a relatively young band, but don’t underestimate them.  We see a lot of potential here, so we sense that this year will be huge for them. Keep your eyes out for Decade, starting with their Slam Dunk set.

There you have it folks, ten bands who are bound to make Slam Dunk a fun outing. This year’s line-up is so insanely good that we’re all sat here scratching our heads trying to figure out how we’ll be able to fit everything into one day. The only tip we can give to you is, make sure you’re adventurous. Go see new bands you haven’t seen before or may not easily get the chance to see anytime soon. Who will be we seeing out there this year? Let us know who you are most excited to see!

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