Hello! I wrote a blog post about Slam Dunk last year and here I am again! I ADORE this festival, it’s just a one day event but they do one in the South and one in the North. We go to the South held at Hatfield, London. I really rate the efficiency of how they run Slam Dunk, in my experience getting in has always been easy, the line of cars to get in the car park moves fast and there’s never been a que to get into the actual festival itself which is awesome, so props Slam Dunk! They changed the way they scheduled set times this year to avoid bands on different stages having the exact same slot, they staggered them out a bit more, which did definitely work for us, we managed to see a lot more than last year however sometimes we were running off before one band finished to make it to another. There’s an app you can download prior to the festival so that you can plan your day and make a list of the artists you would like to see and on the day it will send you a notification before their set so you can make your way there! Much like last year the weatherman was threatening rain, however we only got a little, all was good! The morning started off so hot, I was starting to panic that I hadn’t brought sun cream, my arms were covered so I panic bought a hat. I actually really love the hat though! Of course as soon as the hat was purchased and upon my head the sun went away for the majority of the day.. Sorry everyone!
Anyway we managed to see…
Kublai Khan – We had never heard of these but as we were strolling past the tent we could hear them playing and that drew us in! Really good!
Knocked Loose – A band my partner wanted to see, not my cup of tea but still appreciated that they were good!
Boston Manor – We saw Boston Manor supporting Good Charlotte at the beginning of the year and I have been obsessed since so I was really looking forward to seeing them again!
Wage War – Another one for the other half, once again, cool, but not my thing!
Turnstile – They came on after Wage War and my partner was intrigued as he had heard of them, at this point I was just getting excited for The Interrupters!
The Interrupters – AHHH! I LOVE THEM. I was totally loving life when they played ‘She’s Kerosene’. I remember at Slam Dunk last year they were playing them on some speakers between setting up the stage for another act and I thought how good they would be if they played at a Slam Dunk – The gods listened!
Cancer Bats – I’ve seen them before and my partner has seen them every time they play near us as he loves them! Always so much energy and a good show!
Simple Plan – Oh the nostalgia!
Employed To Serve – WHOA, the front-lady of this band is fire, you would look at her and hear the noise coming out of her and think ‘no way’ … Love love loved them!
Neck Deep – I freaking love Neck Deep, my Spotify is probably tired of me playing ‘In Bloom’ as much as I do! Was lovely to see them, we did have to quickly run off towards the end though…
Less Than Jake – Favourite of the day! There was no way I was going to miss them, we have both seen them before but they’re just so much fun. One of my all time favourite bands. There was such a cool moment whilst watching them too, the rain gave the crowd a good soaking for about 5 minutes then out came the sun, this created the most beautiful rainbow right across the entire stage, made even more magical by Less Than Jake playing ‘Whatever the weather’ at time…Amazing!
New Found Glory – Once again..Oh the nostalgia!
Plain White T’s – Admittedly I only ran towards Plain White T’s at the end of the set in the hope that they were saving ‘Hey There Delilah’ until the end! We caught it, which made me a very happy Misha, what a song, I have adored it for years and years!
My favourite picture of the day, the rainbow over Less Than Jake!
There’s no doubt that I’ll be going back to Slam Dunk next year, I highly recommend it for an easy going day festival because as you can see we managed to see so many artists! Oh and as for the food (very important subject) there’s so much choice, even for us veggies!
Thank you for reading!