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SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL ’18 SURVIVAL GUIDE

The bank holiday weekend festival is set to launch once again in less than three days, hitting the North (LEEDS) on Saturday, South (HATFIELD) on Sunday and Midlands (BIRMINGHAM) on Monday. With the festival running from 1pm-11pm (With afterparties till 3am), these are the things you should keep in mind before and during the festival

Set up a schedule and check out new bands.

50+ bands across 7 stages, there WILL be clashes. Be sure to set a schedule of the times and bands you wish to see. This can easily be done via the Slam Dunk Festival App. Also, don’t be afraid to check out bands you’ve never seen before. If you have free time, why not go to the Breakout Stage to check out some of the latest upcoming bands? Festivals are an easy way to discover new music quickly and easily, so make use of it if you can!

TIP: For bigger bands, give plenty of time to get to the stage before the act starts. Often, if a stage reaches full capacity there will be queues to get in, meaning you may not be let in when the band starts.

Only bring the essentials.

Security on all three venues this year is tight, meaning only one strap bags no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper are permitted into the venue. As this rule excludes backpacks, ensure to bring only the essential items for the day: Suncream, portable charger, money, ID and other essentials you may need for the day.

TIP: If you’re going to buy merch (honestly, who doesn’t) fold up a small cloth tote bag into your regular bag for later in the day

Bring enough money.

While some bars do take card payments, many merch stands and food stalls may only take cash. There are cash machines, however these often have long queues to save time, try and bring cash with you beforehand. Be sure to take enough money to suffice for the day and for travel to and from the festival grounds.

TIP: Bring coins along for quick drinks at the vending machines (venue dependant)

Keep hydrated.

Yes, water or drinks may be a bit more expensive at the festival itself, but it’s important to keep hydrated through the festival to avoid dehydration and other illness. Festivals aren’t as much fun in the medical tents. Also, food is expensive, eat before entering the festival to cut down on hunger in the grounds. Food does accommodate for vegans and non-vegans and while you can leave the festival, food areas outside the grounds (Specifically referring to MIDLANDS) may be just as expensive as inside.

TIP: If you’re desperate for water, some of the inside bars may give you glasses of tap water for free. However, this will vary from venue to venue.

Know your travel arrangements.

Over the bank holiday weekend, there are a few travel disruptions across the three dates which you can find below.

NORTH: Industrial action planned with a strike by Northern Rail train drivers. This will affect some lines in the Yorkshire Region

SOUTH: There will be limited trains leaving Hatfield station after the main festival ends (11pm) so ensure to leave promptly to fill the earlier trains. A queueing system will also be in place to avoid any overcrowding.

MIDLANDS: There will be no train service between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street. Services between the two will be replaced by a bus service.

TIP: Plan your travel arrangements beforehand and make sure you have a backup in case you miss trains.

Maps for all three dates can also be found below:

Have fun and be safe!

Most importantly have fun and be safe. Crowdsurfing/stage diving and moshing are permitted but at the participants risk. “Slam Dunk as an organisation does not condone any of these activities and will not be held accountable for injury/loss of possessions as a direct result of such activities’. If you take part in these activities and are deemed to be causing potential harm to yourself or others, you may face eviction from the festival site.

Be aware that you are banned form bringing these items into the festival and they will be confiscated upon entry.

  • Glass bottles
  • Cans
  • Flasks
  • Cool boxes and hampers
  • Flags and banners
  • Helium balloons
  • Studded belts
  • Spiked bracelets/belts/neck collars/boots or jackets
  • Trouser chains
  • Sharp/large rings
  • Flares and fireworks
  • Smoke grenades
  • Airhorns
  • Large bags
  • Laser pointers/Pens and glow Sticks
  • Sharp objects, any items that could potentially be used as weapon
  • Audio or Video recording devices such as iPads and tablets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Large umbrellas
  • Parasols
  • Tents
  • Gazebos
  • Any chairs including collapsible or any other item of furniture
  • Skate board, roller skates, bicycles, hover boards
  • Balls
  • Frisbees
  • Kites
  • Barbecues
  • Lanterns or anything that can be lit with a naked flame
  • Drones

If you see anything suspicious or need help during the festival, talk to a steward, security or official found around the site.

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THE MAINE HAVE A NEW CHRISTMAS EP

The Christmas season just got better as The Maine have just dropped a new two track Christmas EP ‘…And To All A Good Night’!

Their new EP is here just in time for Christmas so make sure to take some time out to listen to it below!

REALMS TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE TO ‘ECHO CHAMBER’

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Realms, the 5-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Yorkshire, are on the verge of releasing their debut EP ‘Echo Chamber’ on Saturday 9th December 2017! In the run-up to their new EP, we had the chance to take to Realms about each of the tracks from ‘Echo Camber’ and the true meanings behind each of the four tracks! Continue reading “REALMS TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE TO ‘ECHO CHAMBER’”

PAPER CRANES DROP NEW SINGLE ‘LIGHTS’

Paper Cranes are an Indie Folk duo hailing from the South of the Lake District. Made up of of Jon Dawes providing vocals, guitar as well as percussion alongside Beckah Lloyd lending her melodies and harmonies alongside the acoustic bass.

On the verge of releasing their next EP I’m 2018, Paper Cranes have released their second single ‘Lights’ to the world. Why not check it out below!

GIG REVIEW – COURAGE MY LOVE – BIRMINGHAM 21/11/17

Opening their tour in Birmingham are pop-rock band Courage My Love along with supports Chapter and Verse and local supports Mindstep and The Prophets. Continue reading “GIG REVIEW – COURAGE MY LOVE – BIRMINGHAM 21/11/17”

INTERVIEW – SAGES

With a new single out and much more ahead of them, we had the chance to chat with Dino from Sages about the future of Sages and their new music!

Heya! Could you please introduce yourself, what you do in the band and one instrument you would like to learn?

Dino : Hey, how’s it going, I’m Dino. I sing and play guitar in the band. Unfortunately, I’ll be the only one here today, but I’m more than happy to share as much as I can with you. One instrument I’ve always wanted to learn is the sitar, and it would be a dream come true to learn from Anoushka Shankar… Even though I’m pretty sure if I don’t faint, I’d freeze up like a deer in headlights if I ever met her in person, but hey, I’m willing to give it a shot, haha!

You’re influenced quite heavily by the likes of Deftones, Metallica and Periphery. What is it about these bands that influences you?

Dino : Well, they’re all just really great at what they do. Like, Deftones puts out the vibe better than most. You can mosh to their music or you can have sex to their music. It’s great. And I’ve always appreciated Metallica’s ability to arrange long songs without the songs getting boring. That takes some pretty serious artistry and I’ve always loved the challenge of integrating similar complex arrangements and vibes into some of our songs. But speaking of influential, just a couple nights ago I revisited the “Title of Record” album by Filter, and man, that has to be one of my all time favorite rock albums ever! Filter, in general, is a major influence.

‘Matter Of Time’, your new single, was released recently. How has the response been so far?

Dino : It’s been awesome. We’re all really happy about it. We actually just got word this morning that the music video is going to be featured in up to 4,000 gyms/clubs around the U.S. this November through December, which includes Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, and L.A. Fitness. Pretty cool! So keep your eyes and ears open for us while you’re out there making them gains, haha.

I hear you’re also planning a new album, can you give us a little information about it?

Dino : Yeah, we’re actually working on it right now. I don’t have a release date or anything like that just yet, but I think it’s safe to say that at the very least an EP will be released in the first quarter of 2018, and a full album later on in the year.

Do you feel the style and direction will be the same as ‘Matter Of Time’

Dino : So far, a lot of it is in the same ballpark. There is some heavier stuff and there is some softer ambient stuff, but it’s all generally of the same vibe so far.

You play a lot of shows locally, is there anywhere internationally in particular you would like to play?

Dino : I’d love to tour through Japan. I have friends that have toured through there with their bands and they all say it’s amazing. I also just really love Japanese culture and it would be really cool to experience a little bit of that and play shows all in the same trip. To be completely honest though, it would be a blast to tour pretty much anywhere outside of the U.S. I love to travel, and at this point, I’m not too picky about where to go because I can appreciate all of it. Well.. most of it.

What’s next for Sages? What direction do you hope to go in?

Dino : There is so much happening right now that I honestly don’t even know where to start, haha. I’ll say this though, 2018 is going to be a busy year for us. A new album, new tours, maybe even international tours. There’s a lot being discussed right now regarding all of those things so we’ll see what happens.

FIREBALL ANNOUNCE 2018’S HOTTEST BAND: LOST IN STEREO

Glasgow Pop-Punkers Lost In Stereo have been announced as ‘Fireballs Hottest Band 2018’ and will be opening on the ‘Fireball-Fuelling The Fire Tour’ 2018!

Commenting on their win, the band said: “We’re very humbled to be named Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018. To play O2 Academy Glasgow and be on the same bill as Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and last year’s winners Sweet Little Machine – who all killed it that night – was an awesome experience and one which has really kick-started what we want to achieve with the band. Big thanks to everyone on the panel who chose us, we can’t wait to work with everyone for the coming year and appreciate the vote of confidence in our music.’

Make sure to listen below!

This years winners Lost In Stereo will be taking part in three showcases alongside 2017 winners Sweet Little Machine, as well as runners up Ghouls, River Jumpers, Eat Defeat, Better Days, Last Edition and Everyone and Anyone! Make sure to check out dates below!

19 December – London – O2 Academy2 Islington *

21 December – Glasgow – O2 ABC2 #

23 December – Sheffield – O2 Academy2 Sheffield ~

* w/ Sweet Little Machine, Lost In Stereo, Ghouls, River Jumpers

# w/ Lost In Stereo, Sweet Little Machine, Eat Defeat, Better Days

~ w/ Sweet Little Machine, Lost In Stereo, Last Edition, Everyone and Anyone