This weekend saw the return of everyones favourite pop punk festival Slam Dunk. Returning to Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham over the bank holiday weekend, festival goers were treated to a massive line up of the best pop-punk acts around.
Kicking off the festival in style at the Signature Brew Stage were the Scottish band Woes. Performing a string of their songs including their most recently released single HLB2 the band were an instant hit with the pop punk loving crowd. Woes have also been recently announced as one of the supports on State Champs ‘Living Proof’ Uk and Europe tour later this year so be sure to check them out!
As the festival site began to fill up next up on the Signature stage were Can’t Swim. After a minor power cut delayed their set slightly the band smashed their set. The band grasped the crowds attention and with their classic rock sound and great live performance its clear to see why.
Following Can’t Swim‘s set I dashed over to the Monster Energy stage to catch the last part of The Audition‘s performance. Slam Dunk Festival played host to the bands reunion show having not played any live dates in recent years. The band went down a treat with their dedicated fanbase who filled the crowd at Millennium Square.
Changing up the usual pop-punk style that Slam Dunk is known for were King Prawn. The band immediately had the crowd at the Fireball Stage dancing to their unique punk reggae inspired songs, the ultimate feel good band for a summer festival day.
Heading back over to the Signature Brew Stage next up were our ‘ones to watch’ Roam. It was clear from the start of their set that the band were eager to make an impact and they most definitely did. With crowd surfers, circle pits and jumping at an all time high the band wowed the crowd.
Roam were joined on stage by Broadside and Stand Atlantic, who raced on inflatable pineapples over the crowd. Closing out the set with Playing Fiction from their recent album release Great Heights and Nosedives the band left the audience on a high.
Back at the Monster Energy Stage the area was fit to bursting with people eager to watch Lower Than Atlantis. The band performed hits old and new much to the delight of their fans who had been patiently waiting all day for their set.
Closing out Slam Dunk were festival headliners Jimmy Eat World on the Monster Energy Stage and Good Charlotte over at the Jagermeister Arena Main Stage. Good Charlotte filled out the 13,000 capacity venue with ease performing classics including The Anthem and Girls And Boys, alongside material of their new album Generation Rx which is set for release later this year. Going from strength to strength each year Slam Dunk Festival is definitely a festival not to be missed for all pop-punk fans.
Slam Dunk Festival // www.slamdunkmusic.com
Woes // @woesuk
Can’t Swim // @cantswim_
The Audition // @TheAuditionBand
King Prawn // @KingPrawnMusic
Broadside // @Broadside_
Stand Atlantic // @StandAtlantic
Lower Than Atlantis // @LTAmusic
Good Charlotte // @GoodCharlotte