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Monday, 5 June 2017

MUSIC | Slam Dunk Festival 2017

Last weekend saw the anticipated return of Slam Dunk, one of my favourite festivals in the UK. It's a personal favourite of mine because although it runs for three days over three different locations, it's more of a one day festival for most people, as the acts are always the same each day.

It's usually a full and busy day but is pretty laid back too, so it's a great first festival for music fans, but it's also quite fun for people who go to festivals all the time as it's doable in just a day.

Plus although the ticket is more expensive than your average gig (for me, anyway, rock gigs are always quite cheap), it's still pretty cheap and is super affordable when you take into account how many artists you see throughout the day.

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So even though a group of us went again this year, I actually calmed it down a lot. In previous years, I always found myself getting drunk and running around like a headless chicken, trying to see all the bands I wanted to and see all my friends (as it's such a big event so I always know so many people going from so many different circles: Twitter friends, blogging friends, old friends, friends of friends and even Myspace friends..!) but this year I decided to not drink so much and just stick with Briony, Becky and Zoe.

Anyway. As usual, the day went really quickly and I managed to see a few different artists throughout the day. Both Reel Big Fish and Zebrahead were really fun, especially Reel Big Fish who are really upbeat and ska so their sets are really fun to jump around and dance to. 

I also made sure to check out Cute Is What We Aim For, although I didn't stay for their full set once they'd played the famous Curse Of Curves! This song isn't too upbeat so I actually enjoyed the rest of their songs a little more as I could jump around to them, but it was still nice to see it performed live as it was one of my favourite songs as an emo teen.

Of course, although I didn't drink that much, I took loads of snapchats and then forgot to save them the next day, so I have next to nothing in terms of photos, do'h! I did, however, manage to create this ace look using hair chalk!

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My favourite sets of the day were of course The Maine and Bowling For Soup though. I was really excited to see The Maine, because as you all know they are one of my favourite bands and I hadn't seen them in a few years - plus it was their first time playing Slam Dunk, as well as my first time seeing them perform some of their newer material from their Little Lovely Lonely album.

Their set did not disappoint, as usual, front man John O'Callaghan had tons of energy and charisma and the whole band sounded great live. Sometimes bands don't sound as great at festivals for a manner of reasons (different stages, such a short time to set up etc) and usually people don't really care as much as it's not like they've paid to see one specific band - they're just happy to see them. But The Maine actually did impress me - as they always do.

Unfortunately I missed We The Kings and The Ataris, but I got to hear The Ataris' cover of Boys Of Summer as we were arriving so that's okay.

My other favourite performance was by Bowling For Soup, who were headlining. I actually saw these alone as my friends went to see Enter Shikari instead, which I did consider for a while. I have seen Bowling For Soup a million times and it was actually a special set from Enter Shikari as it was the tenth anniversary of their debut album. They are great live, but at the end of the day I had to go with my old favourites Bowling For Soup.

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A lot of people weren't entirely happy with their set as there was a lot of talking between songs and a lot of the songs seemed sped up to allow as many as possible into their set but if I'm honest, it didn't bother me. Anyone who is a fan of the band know that they are very banter based anyway and it's all part of their charm.

As usual, they were on point and funny. I hadn't seen them in a few years so it was nice to see them again and I think it made me appreciate their set a lot more. Even though they're older now (and fatter - but I loved that they joked about this), they still put on a hell of a show. And being that they're in the UK so often, they put on a beautiful dedication to Manchester, asking us to chant loudly towards the sky before they performed one of their slower tracks, Turbulence. 

As a whole, it was a great day and gave me the opportunity to check out a variety of different bands and spend some time with friends!

Have you ever been to Slam Dunk Festival? Let me know!

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16 comments:

  1. I've never been to Slam Dunk but I've heard so much from people who've loved it! I'm glad you had such a lovely time :) xx

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    1. Aw thank you! It's always a big success x

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  2. Your hair looks amazing! I've never used hair chalk before, glad you had a nice time

    Tasha x

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  3. Oh no! You forgot to save the photos that sucks! But atleast the memories are imprinted on your brain! aha I've never been to a festival/concert or anything like that before so when you mentioned you running around like a headless chicken in the previous years it literally made me lol! haha

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    1. I know, nightmare! I always tend to not take many photos at gigs anyway so it's a shame I lost the ones I did take haha x

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  4. Ah man slam dunk sounded so good xx

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  5. I never heard of this festival but it looks like so much fun!

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    1. Oh really? It's a really popular one on the pop punk scene x

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  6. A few of my friends went to Spam Dunk this year and I was so jealous! Had such a great line up. It looks like you really enjoyed yourself too!

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    1. Ah thanks - why did you not go? x

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  7. I've never heard of this festival, looks like you had a fab time! 💕

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  8. ooo sounds great love your makeup to!

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