April 12, 2017 |

My Slam Dunk Experience; A Look Back

My Slam Dunk Experience; A Look Back

April 12, 2017 |

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It's nearly time to start getting excited about Slam Dunk Festival, if you aren't already! With another year of big bands and what are sure to be some exciting sets on the horizon, it's time to take a look back at previous years. Remember THAT headline set from Panic! At The Disco last year? Or Young Guns & Waterparks putting on some memorable performances?
Will Pearce takes us through some of his highlights of the last 3 years at Slam Dunk.

As a big fan of what Slam Dunk has to offer, I have had the pleasure of enjoying 3 consecutive years in a row, with this years tickets purchased and ready for a 4th!

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to have won a pair of tickets for the show, which influenced my decision to go even more. I take festival and gig going seriously, keeping my mind clear, and taking in the experience of the bands with my eyes and ears to keep the memory with me for the rest of my life. After a 2 hour wait queuing outside, and torturous wait as the bands have already started, it looked to have a very unorganised and messy entry issue. Once finally in, the list of bands I had seen during this year included Caliban, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Crown The Empire, Zebrahead, Capdown, We Are The In Crowd, The Ataris, LetLive, Less Than Jake and finally, All American Rejects. I had the honour of meeting Tyson Ritter (AAR vocalist) who was just hanging around his merch table for a while, the lads in Zebrahead and Less Than Jake.

2015, the line up looked even better, and felt the need to buy a ticket as I enjoyed the previous year, besides the organisation of entering the gates! Luckily, this year had shown much improvement with tickets and band checks being made in advance of the actual gates being opened, learning from their previous mistakes. Hard to decide which bands to see, I was lucky enough the see some of the bands do special shows around Slam Dunk, which gave me that chance to see other bands clashing. Starting with the main stage, I checked out Set It Off, which was a great festival opener to bring the mood of the sunny day ahead, followed by close friends in Patent Pending, Beartooth for the first time, Zebrahead again (because they get the party started!) the most exciting Japanese band around Crossfaith, the return of Finch, the 2 bands I'd first heard from a certain skating game Millencolin and Goldfinger (who had technical difficulties and hit the stage late) and finally the kings of ska / punk rock, Reel Big Fish. With a round up of the second year, the festival organisation have found their feet, and definitely deserved it's awards in Best Festival of the Year as I travel back happy from my experience.