Slam Dunk 2019 ones to watch part two

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.


Canadian multi-directional artist Lights is making her debut at Slam Dunk. The alternative pop-rock princess will be bringing her intense lyrical themes and latest record Skin & Earth to the masses at Slam Dunk. Be prepared to dance away on the Key Club stage to her upbeat melodies as the perfect warm up to headliners iDKHOW.

The Word Alive

US rockers The Word Alive will be returning to the festival for the fourth time following consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 and then another stellar appearance in 2016. This time, the band will be bringing material from their latest album Violent Noise. Expect a mixture of hard post-hardcore and catchy, melodic choruses.

Pagan (seems myself and Tom are both on the same page here)

Australian rockers Pagan burst onto the scene in 2018 with their debut album Black Wash, surprising the music world with their tight releases and exhilarating live performances. They became a firm favourite in the UK, performing on our shores multiple times over the past 12 months. If heavy music isn’t really your thing, you can still love Pagan as they have created a catalogue that includes standard (but brilliant) rock and roll and have taken inspiration from dancefloor tracks.

Liam Patrick Cromby

As We Are The Ocean’s frontman, Liam Patrick Cromby was part of a brilliant quartet who were revered by many in British music. Since their demise, he has decided to go solo and can be seen on the acoustic stage at this year’s Slam Dunk. Hear his dulcet tones and be prepared to be captivated.

Trophy Eyes

Trophy Eyes, the band who caused me to lose my stagediving virginity, will bring havoc to Slam Dunk as they jump their way into the hearts of those who view them. They are the second Australian act to feature in my list, showing that in my opinion, some of the most exciting acts around are from the land down under. They are energetic, hyper and will have everyone watching off their feet throughout the entire set.

Our Hollow Our Home

Southampton metalcore starlets Our Hollow Our Home have brought British metalcore to the forefront of the underground scene. They have had a stellar couple of years, showcasing their brutal yet heartfelt music, entrancing those who support them.


Check out Tom’s set of ones to watch.

Elizabeth Birt

May 8, 2019

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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