Our second act to take on our festival A-Z challenge is Holding Absence! The South Wales based group have become rising stars over the past 12 months and are set to grace the Slam Dunk stages this year! Here frontman Lucas Woodland tackles the new and improved A-Z and tells us about his favourite things about Slam Dunk.
Personally, Orchestra Of Wolves – Gallows was the song that made me want to make the music that I do. I owe a lot to that band.
We played Nottingham a while back and got free burritos, which was pretty sick. We’re on day 2 of our EU tour with Loathe, and apparently Europeans give good riders – So I’ll hopefully have a better reply for you in a couple weeks.
Y’know, I’ve been to SO many festivals. Reading fest 4 times, Download 3 times, Slam Dunk twice and even Sonisphere, but I honestly can’t think of a good answer for this one haha. I guess the first time I ever played a fest was the craziest – Those memories stay with you forever.
Either Download or Reading for me. Having seen Paramore headline Reading a couple years back, and Avenged headline Download, two bands I grew up listening to – That really inspired me to think that the world really is there for the taking.
That’s a tough question, because even the easy Holding Absence songs to write took us a lot of thought. One of the songs we’ve written for the album springs to mind though – Lately we’ve been trying to write music in lots of different ways.
It’d have to be Download 2017 when we played. I’ll never forget that day.
Brendan Murphy or Keith Buckley. I LOVE those two vocalists, and they really inspire my heavier vocals. So those two for sure.
There’s countless frustrations when being in a touring band – Right now in the UK there’s a snowstorm and it’s -6 everywhere haha, so that’s making all the stupid little annoyances from previous tours seem like nothing. I think in the long run, it’s not the floor-sleeping or the gear-lugging, but more what touring does to your home and social lives. You leave a lot behind, and have to sacrifice a lot of normalities. All that being said, we’re more than happy with the toll this lifestyle has on us, as it’s all we want to do.
Most of our band are vegan, so that’s cool.
WAY too many to list haha. We have a garden gnome in our merch box called “Schmee”. He’s awesome.
Pack wellies, waterproofs and shorts! Super simple dress code that works in all weather.
To be fair we’ve only toured the UK as of now. I guess the longest was when we played AFTER a metal to the masses competition, at 1 in the morning, and got home at 6. Or the time we drove straight home to Cardiff from Glasgow. Both horrendous drives.
Gotta be Download! Every year it’s just a mud bath. Guess it’s a testament to how much the punters love that festival.
New band on the Slam Dunk line-up you love?
Stand Atlantic man. I love that band. Deffo worth your time.
Thrice would be a great band to headline 2nd stage at SD fest.
Probably Nirvana at Reading in 92. My parents were there, funnily enough, but I just feel like that performance was so iconic.
Well if I answer that, I’m sure more people will ask me the question in future.
I think Slam Dunk is just the perfect example of a grassroots festival. It’s gone from nothing to competing with the majors, all the while supporting UK talent and musical versatility.
I saw Green Day in a tent about 4 years ago now and it was wild. It was a secret set, and security had made like a perimeter around the tent, about a mile away stopping anyone else getting in. Every now and then somebody would run through them and I said to myself “If they play Brain Stew, Longview or St Jimmy I’m just gonna leg it over there”. Lo and behold the next song was St Jimmy. Had a bunch of security guards chasing me but it was so worth it.
This is a tough question because I’ve grown up a lot since first attending festivals. At first it was to see bands and hang with friends. It’s always going to be that deep down, but nowadays I see festivals as an escape from the real world.
I’ve had some real stinkers. This years Reading fest I got way too drunk every night and it was SO hot, every morning I’d wake up roasting and hungover in a stupidly small tent – Was no fun.
The UK comedy scene is great right now, so I think there could easily be an ever bigger comedy tent at Reading fest. Even having Bill Bailey/Tim Minchin etc doing music based comedy performances.
Honestly my worst experiences at festivals have been getting to and from the festivals. Lugging all your gear with you for miles can be so annoying.
Over the last few years Wales has had The Full Ponty, Cardiff’s Big Weekend and Merthyr Rocks. All awesome festivals. I think patriotically I’d love to play a good welsh fest someday.
I think 2 years ago was an awesome festival.
We all put SO much into shows, so I don’t think there’s a clear winner there.
Slam Dunk Festival takes place on the following dates;
Saturday 26th May – Leeds City Centre
Sunday 27th May – Hatfield Park
Monday 28th May – NEC, Birmingham