by ZAK SLOMAN
On Saturday May 27, the Slam Dunk Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of all things pop-punk, will be making its first stop of 2017 at the National Exhibition Centre.
It will be the second year that the Birmingham venue has played host to this annual event, which will also take in Leeds city centre and the University of Hertfordshire’s Hatfield campus over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Starting life in 2006 as a small one-day gathering in Leeds’s Millennium Square, with Fall Out Boy headlining (I wonder what happened to them?), Slam Dunk has grown on a monumental scale ever since, now being held at three venues across the UK over three days, and attracting a real mix of both established and emerging bands from not just pop-punk, but also from a whole other host of music genres, including emo, metal and ska.
2017’s festivities promise to be the biggest yet, spread over eight stages, with headliners Enter Shikari playing a special set to mark a decade since the release of their debut album ‘Take To The Skies’.
Just a handful of the other established outfits that have been confirmed are Don Broco, Neck Deep, Bowling for Soup, recently reunited Madina Lake, and We Are the Ocean, who, sadly, are playing what they say will be their final ever live shows.
As well as all that to look forward to, Slam Dunk will continue its reputation for giving fledgling talent a platform, with Area 11, Vukovi, Ocean Grove, Homebound and others playing on the Breakout stage, which this year has been curated by Rock Sound magazine, who are also giving one lucky unknown band the opportunity to shine on a huge live platform.
With everything that will be going on, May 27 and the NEC are the date and place to be to see this year’s Slam Dunk festival kick off in style.
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW TO BUY AN ADVANCED TICKET FOR £44 (£49 WITH AFTERPARTY) AT http://slamdunkmusic.com/,WHERE YOU CAN ALSO GET MORE INFO ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.