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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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SLAM DUNK ANNOUNCE BANDS ON THIS YEARS BREAKOUT STAGE

Slam Dunk Festival have just released their list of bands taking over the Rocksound Breakout stage this year!

Headlining the stage are breakout rock band Palaye Royale, joined by the likes of Chapel, Sleep On It and Grayscale as well as our upcoming bandsDream State,Stand Atlantic and Milestones! You can check out the full Rocksound Breakout Stage lineup below!

CHAPEL

DREAM STATE

GRAYSCALE

HOLDING ABSENCE

MILESTONES

PALAYE ROYALE

SLEEP ON IT

STAND ATLANTIC

THE FAIM

SLAM DUNK ANNOUNCE FOUR NEW BANDS

Slam Dunk Festival has just released another announcement of 4 new bands joining the lineup!

Re-grouping for Slam Dunk are Band The Audition, who last played in 2012 before their split. Returning to the festival for another year are ska-punk legends Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger as well as the announcement of upcoming pop-punk band ROAM to the list.

Interested? So are we! Check out the full lineup below!

NINE NEW BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SLAM DUNK

With the latest Slam Dunk festival announcement comes nine new bands to next year’s awesome lineup.

Joining previously announced headliners Jimmy Eat World are long running punk rockers Continue reading “NINE NEW BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SLAM DUNK”

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

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SLAM DUNK HAVE BEEN RELEASED

Annual festival Slam Dunk is back for another year with a new lineup and a location change!

The festival will be set over three days, Leeds (Saturday 26th May), new location Hatfield Park (Sunday 27th May) and Birmingham NEC (Monday 28th May).

Making their headline Slam Dunk debut are 00’a pop rock band Jimmy Eat World along with other announced acts, returning band Taking Back Sunday as well as State Champs, Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year Strong and Trash Boat!

Make sure to check out more info at: http://slamdunkmusic.com

GIG REVIEW – YOU KNOW THE DRILL – BIRMINGHAM 31/10/17

 

Playing a special themed set in Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge were local pop-punk band You Know The Drill and their friends in Northshore and All The Rest. 

First up performing as ‘naughty noughties’ were pop-rock newcomers Northshore. With half of the band bringing their Halloween spirit coming as Mario and Luigi, they quickly understood the issues of playing in a costume. However, this wasn’t a major issue as Northshore brought their own style to well known hits such as Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ and My Chemical Romance’s ‘I’m Not Okay’ as well as some of their own. Northshore definitely know how to play a gig, and even with limited stage space, brought the energy further into their playing to make up for their lack of space.


Next up on the Halloween themed show were Coventry rockers All The Rest in the form of pop-punk legends Blink 182. While All The Rest played some well known hits and had a clear audience connection, energy lacked and the performance sadly seemed a little off in terms of playing. The energy of the set sadly didn’t match but they did have their standout set moments such as their version of ‘All The small Things’ which had the highest energy and brought the set up.


‘Pop Divas’ You Know The Drill are the final headliners to the stage, arriving as their terrifying personas Of Santa, Ali G, a lawyer/barman and Andy Murray. It’s safe to say that You Know The Drill brought out their inner divas from the start, bringing a sassy energetic kick to hits such as Avril Lavigne’s ‘Girlfriend’ and Taylor Swifts’ ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’. Even through their own tracks such as ‘411’ the diva fulled energy never halted.


Even with a smaller stage, You Know The drill used all the space they could get, moving around the space and using it it their advantage. The bands connection and involvement with the audience was clearly present, joking around (with literal jokes) and poking fun at their other friends in Northshore as well as their own band mates. Even with small tech issues such as Luke’s (Guitar) wireless running out of battery leaving the rest to improvise.


For a Halloween cover show, there was certainly a high energy and some pretty serious band covers going on. With costumes, a blow up ghost and some inner divas, this was definitely a good Halloween show.

Rating: 4/5