Slam Dunk 2018 has one of it’s biggest line-ups to date with Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World co-headlining the three day touring extravaganza. The festival is the UK’s version of the Vans Warped Tour and each year the line-up gets just as diverse as it’s American cousin and is becoming a must-play for not only the UK’s best and newest stars, but also stars from across the world! There are tonnes of incredible artists already announced for this year’s event ranging from acoustic to rock to post-hardcore, some you are sure to have heard of and others maybe not. As the festival is a one day event in each location, it’s going to be hard to decide who to watch (unless you’re a lucky one who got tickets to all three dates), so we’ve dug deep into the line-up to give you our pick of who to watch!
You’ll be forgiven for not knowing who The Faim are as the Australian quartet have come from nowhere into the UK scene with debut single Saints Of The Sinners only at the beginning of 2018. That doesn’t mean that they’re completely unheard of however, they already have a strong fanbase in their native land (affectionately called the faimily) and this is growing daily, having picked up support from everyone’s most respected radio host – Daniel P. Carter, been announced for not only Slam Dunk festival but also Camden Rocks and Download festivals and even working with the likes of legendary producer, musician, writer (you name it, he can do it) John Feldmann and fellow Aussies Five Seconds Of Summer. Their infectious pop rock, that may be likened to the lovechild of Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy, will ensure that you will not be standing still throughout their set and for a band so new, their stage presence equals that of the aforementioned veterans.
Four Year Strong
We know, Four Year Strong aren’t exactly a hidden gem as their popularity has not waned ever since they first burst onto the scene in 2001, however, their set at Slam Dunk on the acoustic stage is the one we are urging you to go see. The punk rock stalwarts are going to be performing Some Of You May Like This, Some Of You Won’t, their 2017 acoustic record, on the acoustic stage. We know that the title was very accurate and the record received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike but there’s nothing wrong with going out of your comfort zone and stripping some pretty decent tracks back and it’s not everyday we’ll get Four Year Strong unplugged.
Punk rock legends Good Charlotte will be making their debut appearance at Slam Dunk festival headlining the main stage. A band that provided the soundtrack to most of the early 00s teen generations angst, they still remain at the top of their game with their albums and singles still a hit with fans old and new almost two decades on. As they grace the main stage of the UK’s premier punk festival, you can expect a lot of the golden oldies and its a perfect chance to round off such a brilliant day with a massive throwback to one of the world’s favourite artists.
Australian metalcorers Northlane surprised fans by dropping latest album Mesmer back in March 2017. The record did divide opinions but their performance on the main stage of Download festival in 2017 wowed the doubters as well as fans. Whatever the opinions for Mesmer, however, Northlane’s entrancing brand of metalcore will be a brilliant fit for the Impericon Stage.
Milestones are one of the UK’s hottest prospects and released debut album Red Lights earlier this year to huge critical acclaim, the band have created an infectious brand of alt-rock with huge poppy hooks and anthemic sing-a-longs. Having toured across the US with Simple Plan and headlined this years Heavy Music Awards nomination party, they will be right at home at Slam Dunk Festival on the Rock Sound break out stage.
Selfish Things recently released their debut EP, jam packed full of soaring vocal melodies and top notch musicianship. Frontman Alex Biro’s vocals will be a delight to anyone who will catch them on the Acoustic stage over the festival, we know we’ll be there!
Holding Absence. (words: Bethan Jones)
Holding Absence are a rock/heavy quintet from Cardiff, South Wales. These guys have had nothing but have success after success after a short amount of time together. They’ve recently won Best Breakthrough Act 2018 at the Cardiff Music Awards which shows that they are a force to be reckoned with. These are ones to watch because they are super energetic and with a bag load of catchy songs… This is a set that you don’t wanna miss!
Palaye Royale (words: Bethan Jones)
Palaye Royale are a rock band formed in Toronto, Canada. Their genre varies from glam rock to rock. I instantly got hooked on these guys after listening to their tracks Mr Doctor Man and Don’t Feel quite right and I’m very excited to hear these tracks live!