Slamdunk Festival is less than 4 weeks away now, and we are super excited for the weekend. If you’re heading to any of the Slam Dunk Festival dates this year, then here are just some of the bands you simply can’t miss!
These guys really hit us out of nowhere, didn’t they?! If you’d have asked people about PVRIS this time last year, hardly anyone would know who you were talking about. But since the release of their debut album White Noise in November, their huge run of live shows and massive support from musicians such as Alex Gaskarth and Hayley Williams, the American rockers are now performing on Slam Dunk’s main stage. If you want to catch these guys before they REALLY blow up, do it here!
Pop-punk is on-point this year. With bands like All Time Low topping album charts and Green Day being accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the gateway has opened for a huge wave of new pop-punk bands to break out. One of these bands is Seaway. They’ve already got the nod of approval from many and they’re leaning just on the cusp of pop-punk success. It only takes word of mouth for a band like this to get noticed, and their performance at Slam Dunk this year will definitely make you want to spread the word about Seaway.
You Me At Six
You wouldn’t think the headline act – especially ones as big as You Me At Six – would need mentioning, but there’s a very, very good reason that you should finish your festival with these guys this year. The Slam Dunk veterans are returning to celebrate the festival’s decade-long run, as well as the band’s own 10th anniversary. And, to mark the occasion, You Me At Six have let slip that they will be performing a big chunk of early songs from debut album Take Off Your Colours, which is often omitted from their current setlists. Any early You Me At Six fan NEEDS to see this!
Metalcore band Beartooth saw a huge rise in popularity last year with the release of their debut album Disgusting. They’ve since toured with bands such as Pierce the Veil, Sleeping With Sirens and Bury Tomorrow, kicking their reputation as an awesome live band up a notch. If you’re hoping to avoid the bouncy pop-punk that Slam Dunk has to offer this year in favour of something heavier, then you absolutely cannot miss Beartooth.
With legendary frontman John Feldmann taking a break from producing chart-topping records and co-writing hit songs, Goldfinger are making their long-awaited return to Slam Dunk this year. The ska-punk band were scheduled to appear last year but unfortunately had to back out – this year, however, they’ve promised to come back and kick butt even harder than ever before! Relive your ‘90s ska days and check them out this year; who knows when they’ll be back?!
Any fan of American hardcore NEEDS to check out The Bronx this year! They don’t often make an appearance on this side of the Atlantic, but they’ve decided to grace the Slam Dunk stage for the festival’s 10th anniversary and things are sure to get messy! Grab the opportunity to see one of US hardcore’s finest with both hands – and if you really want to make the most of The Bronx’s UK visit, check out their side project Mariachi El Bronx, also performing at the festival this year.
While Slam Dunk plays host to many amazing bands from overseas, it’s easy to forget that they also celebrate the best of home soil with some awesome British bands too. This year is no different, with Moose Blood being a prime example! Since touring with Mallory Knox and releasing their debut album I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time last year, Moose Blood have gained a pretty decent following – and it’s only set to bigger after their Slam Dunk appearance this year.
Reel Big Fish
Ska-punks Reel Big Fish are no strangers to the UK, having performed at Slam Dunk before and toured the country almost every single year; if you’re a ska fan, there’s really no excuse to not see Reel Big Fish! But still, if you haven’t got round to it yet then here’s your chance. One of the most fun live bands to hit the festival this year, Reel Big Fish are set to bring the party to Slam Dunk – big time!
They’re a bit of a mixed bag, but Deez Nuts are guaranteed to deliver a killer performance at this year’s festival. In an attempt to describe the Aussie band’s sound, let’s say… Hardcore-punk-meets-nu-metal? Imagine the heavy underground punk of hardcore mixed with the fast-paced rap of nu-metal, and that’s pretty much Deez Nuts. It might sound a little weird, but it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to see live – trust us!
As It Is
As It Is are at the top of their game, and they’ve barely begun! Having released their debut album Never Happy, Ever After just a handful of days ago, As It Is are touring the country to crowds of avid fans who have already decided that these guys are ‘it’ as far as pop-punk goes. And, to be honest, they’re not far off! Their cross-Atlantic brand of pop-punk has caught on fast, and if you want to catch them performing somewhere that ISN’T crammed full of screaming girls and teenage pop-punkers, you better make time for them at Slam Dunk this year.