May 20, 2014’s 10 Bands to see at Slam Dunk Festival
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.’s 10 Bands to see at Slam Dunk Festival

Slam Dunk, the alternative trifecta, where pop-punk, metal, hardcore, rock and alt rock bands unite for three huge all dayers in Leeds, Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton, happens this weekend. We’ll be there to review things, but for those heading down, here, in no particular order, are the 10 best bands to see at Slam Dunk…

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If you see one band over the course of the day, see letlive. Their music is an incredible Molotov cocktail of brutal hardcore and sizzling funk, frenetic rhythms laced with a wickedly catchy groove. Their live show is absolute incendiary too. See them at all costs.

See Them: Monster Energy Stage


We Are The In Crowd

The Poughkeepsie pop-punkers are on the crest of a wave after releasing a superb second album in Weird Kids and playing to sell out crowds all over the globe. They return to Slam Dunk as the third highest band on the festival’s main stage and are sure to be in a triumphant mood.

Read About Them Here

See Them: Main Stage


Bury Tomorrow

It's all kicking off for Bury Tomorrow right now, with their ace new album Runes hitting the shelves on Monday (May 26th), the band will be full of confidence when they bring their powerful metalcore to Slam Dunk. Their tour is pretty much sold out, so you need to catch them here...

See Them: Monster Energy Stage

Read About Them Here


The Devil Wears Prada

The Ohio metallers thundered back in view in late 2013 with the furious 8: 18 and return to the UK with the bit firmly between their teeth. Their live shows are always an absolutely frenzy, so make sure you catch them. 

See Them: Monster Energy Stage



The Brighton slacker punks are always great fun and tore it up at last weekend's Great Escape. They're currently putting their debut album together and will preview it at the festival, bringing their Weezer meets Rancid style punk tones to Slam Dunk. 

See Them: Macbeth Footwear Stage

Read About Them Here


Neck Deep               

Welsh fivesome Neck Deep have been one of 2014's breakout bands, ever since the release of their debut album Wishful Thinking, an album drenched in sunshine and sweetness of the best of East Coast pop punk, they've been selling out venues all over the place. Expect them to draw a massive crowd. 

See Them: Atticus Stage

Read About Them Here


State Champs

New Yorkers State Champs' debut album The Finer Things slipped out quietly at the end of last year, but has quickly become a favourite with its buzzsaw guitars and huge choruses. This is as good as pop punk gets. Make sure you get down to see them. 

See Them: Atticus Stage



The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Florida alternative rockers are currently putting together their new album 4, which will be the follow-up to the much loved Am I The Enemy and will be itching to show off their new songs. Always an excellent live band, this lot are not be missed. 

See Them: Cheer Up Stage


Modern Baseball

Maryland mope punks Modern Baseball put a cynical, sarky twist on the classic pop rock of Taking Back Sunday and Jimmy Eat World and are well worth a watch. 

See Them: Atticus Stage

Read About Them Here will be at Slam Dunk Festival over the weekend, providing interviews and reviews. To find out more about the festival, find more details here. 

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