Slam Dunk 2018 Preview
We’re nearing the end of May which can only mean one thing: another bank holiday packed full of awesome music across three venues to mark the official start of festival season. Slam Dunk Festival brings together the worlds of rock, punk and ska into one day of non-stop music in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield; hand in hand with plenty of stage clashes. Once again we have been blessed with some top announcements and in preparation for the big event, I take a closer look at the stage splits and give you some of my highlights to look out for during the weekend.
The Jägermeister main stage is the home to some of the best acts on the entire lineup (in my opinion, of course) and will surely see some amazing sets. The first of the festival’s co-headliners, Maryland’s Good Charlotte, pay their first ever appearance to the day fest, joined by PVRIS and ex-Gallows Frank Carter and his bunch of Rattlesnakes just to name a few. There is plenty of strong characters amongst the names as well as pop-punk favourites State Champs bringing along some new tunes and emo rockers Creeper doing what they do best and will surely bring some excitement.
The renowned home of ska makes a return this year with consistent favourites Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish taking the top spots as well as Zebrahead marking their fifth consecutive appearance at the festival. No doubt will the lineups also see plenty of references to the fiery whisky that sponsors the stage and will result in a jolly good show.
Monster Energy Stage
Every stage across SD’s lineup this year is incredibly diverse with the genres of music that is included across the board and the Monster Energy stage is no exception. It features the second co-headliners of the fest Jimmy Eat World with support from the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Scottish sweethearts Twin Atlantic. In the latest announcement the ever wonderful Lower Than Atlantis were also added which just wraps the stage up with a gorgeous bow.
The Key Club Acoustic Stage
This year sees a slight alteration with the stages as The Key Club stage hosts the collection of acoustic acts that grace the SD lineup. Four Year Strong come along for their second stage appearance following their full live set on the main stage earlier in the day. Taking headline spot for this stage is State Champs‘ very own bassist Ryan Scott Graham with his solo project Speak Low If You Speak Love who is sure to bring some beautiful tranquility to the end of the night.
Signature Brew Stage
The diversified Signature stage is the place to see the rebranded As It Is, complete with their newest angsty track ‘The Wounded World’ as well as fellow pop-punkers Broadside and Roam. For a little something different, be sure to check out Can’t Swim earlier in the day.
If ska isn’t your thing and you’re bored of pop-punk then may want to look towards the heavier acts that will be turning the Impericon Stage into a constant pit throughout the day. Crown the Empire bring the melodic post-hardcore alongside the atmospheric heavy sounds from Northlane and high energy from Every Time I Die in the top spot.
Rocksound Breakout Stage
Rocksound once again hold host to a collection of new and upcoming bands that need to be heard and we are spoilt for choice in 2018. This year will showcase Australia’s very own The Faim for their first ever festival appearance; who have shown off their incredible energy during their support slots for Lower Than Atlantis earlier in the year and are bound to bring the same to their sets across the weekend. Further in the day we are greeted by the increasingly popular Palaye Royal who take the centre stage, supported by the likes of Dream State and Holding Absence. As well as all these cracking additions, we are also treated to a competition winner for each venue; This Time Last Year opening for SD North, Codename Colin for SD South and As December Falls appearing at SD Midlands.
This stage brings a bit of a mix up to the rest of the bill as it is the place to find all of the resident DJs from Uprawr and guests from across the UK. If that is your kind of thing, be sure to check out the likes of Dis-Grace, Sabotage Dublin, Hey Hey Hey and District.
Here’s the full line-up poster:
Slam Dunk takes place over May bank holiday weekend:
Sat 26th May – Leeds City Centre
Sun 27th May – Hatfield Park
Mon 28th May – Birmingham NEC
They even have released an app that showcases the bands on the lineup and can help schedule your day. Get the app here: