Slam Dunk Festival started in 2006 at Leeds Millennium Square and is now one of the most attended single-day festivals in the UK, featuring a combination of artists across a range of genres, including punk, pop punk, ska, hardcore and metal.
From humble beginnings with just a single stage, it now has music across seven different stages and three different locations, now taking place in Leeds, Hatfield and Wolverhampton.
Slam Dunk 2014 featured some very good up and coming acts as well as some older, more established acts – some of which were a lovely throwback to everyone’s youth (namely headline act The All American Rejects, who have been going strong since 1999). Other notable artists included Mallory Knox, Less Than Jack, Kids In Glass Houses (who were playing one of their final shows), The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Caliban and We The Kings.
The atmosphere this year was incredible, with well over 2,500 people in attendance. Personally, I didn’t get to as many acts as I would have liked this year, but I can confidently say that Slam Dunk 2014 was the best time I’ve had at Slam Dunk so far, with this being my third time attending the event.
There was one minor problem on the day though. The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside and I Killed The Prom Queen all travelled down together on a single bus which got caught in traffic along the way, which meant that stage times had to be shuffled around on the Monster Stage and two bands were made to go on an hour earlier than planned, but all still played, so there wasn’t really many issues caused by this.
I Am The Avalanche, (whose latest album, Wolverines, was reviewed by us in March), delivered an excellent performance on the Macbeth Stage in The Forum Auditorium, playing a mix of songs from Wolverines, Avalanche United and their self-titled debut album.
The All American Rejects were the headline act on the main stage this year, and delivered a killer set, performing hits like Dirty Little Secret, Swing Swing, Gives You Hell and It Ends Tonight, before closing with Move Along. They also played other fan favourites such as My Paper Heart, Somebody’s Gone and Mona Lisa, and it was evident that the band’s performance was a major highlight for the majority of Slam Dunk attendees.
However, the Slam Dunk after party was very delayed. Usually starting by 11:30, without explanation crowds were kept waiting until gone midnight, but once we were inside, it was excellent. A very good mix of old hits and newer songs were played, with the vast majority played being recorded by artists who had performed that day. The crowd were kept very happy and the after party certainly made for a very nice end to what was a long but fantastic day out – we here at HOLDUPNOW would highly recommend getting to Slam Dunk festival whenever you get the chance.
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