As the campsite opens for five day campers, we asked one of our senior writers and festival attendee Tom Butterworth to give us his low-down of the ones to watch.
Wrestling has been a focal non-musical point at Download Festival for the past couple of years. With the evolution of the professional UK scene and the live tapings at the festival, we give a quick round-up of Download's history with NXT.
We're bringing our festival awards back! This is where we round up our favourites of a festival into a few categories. First up, deputy editor Lizi gives her opinions on the best parts of Slam Dunk South 2019.
Temple Newsam, Leeds, 25th May 2019: Never will you find a more wretched hive of snapbacks and Vans. As the fans begin entering the festival grounds, the day is bright and warm... sadly it won’t last, but rain, thunder or snow wouldn’t have kept the legions away from Leeds today.
Slam Dunk has long been seen as a predominantly pop-punk festival. Although they have often featured a smattering of heavier or more abrasive bands, much of the higher reaches of the festival bills have been dominated by relatively inoffensive bands. In the last two years we have seen a rise in truly interesting aggressive music with the likes of Employed To Serve winning Kerrang!’s album of the year award last year and groups such as Code Orange making a splash on the global stage with a Grammy nomination. As Slam Dunk has manoeuvred to keep pace with this scene change, so has it looked to widen it's vision to further encompass a generation of fans who gazed longingly over The Pond at Vans Warped Tour in the late 1990s.
It's now less than a month until Download Festival 2019! We scour through the bands in a two part series of our ones to watch! First up, I (deputy editor Lizi) take you through 10 of the artists I'm most looking forward to seeing
The first of our two-part Slam Dunk ‘Ones to Watch’ features went live as Tom Butterworth previewed the most exciting of the heavier aspect of the festival. In today’s piece, I give my own ones to watch for who I cannot wait to see this year.
Punk rockers Drug Church have announced a raft of UK and European dates for the Summer.
In this Slam Dunk special edition of our Let’s Talk About series, we discuss alternative pop starlet Lights who is gearing up for her debut appearance at the festival.
Following the release of their EP, 'Fresh Produce', we caught up with Ryan from Seaway to chat about their new music, weird fan requests, and what you can expect from their upcoming shows!
After the success of the first Ladyfuzz fest in 2018, Ladyfuzz have decided to bring it back for 2019!