FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Slam Dunk Festival 2021

This weekend Slam Dunk Festival makes its return. Now taking place in September following rescheduling due to the pandemic, the event will be in Leeds on Saturday 4th before making its way to Hatfield on Sunday 5th. We take a look at some artists on the line-up who you definitely won’t want to miss!

Blood Youth
The Jägermeister Tent
North – 11:40 / South – 11:40

Photo Credit: Olli Appleyard

Opening up the Jägermeister stage with some morning metalcore are the one and only Blood Youth. The British hardcore outfit are heavy in every aspect. They will blow people away live. Whether it be the last 30 seconds of Spineless or the brilliant melodic chorus of latest single Body Of Wire, they are a band worth getting out of bed that slight bit earlier to see. With a UK headline tour around the corner, the Harrogate boys are bound to be putting on an unforgettable show for the people of Slam Dunk.

The Jagermeister Tent
North – 12:40 / South – 12:40

Loathe are THE band people are talking about in the UK scene. Their brutal debut The Cold Sun was followed up brilliantly by the breathtakingly astonishing I Let It In and It Took Everything which catapulted the band into the ears to many metal fans – ranging from Nik Nocturnal to Deftones’ Chino Moreno. Its dreamy melodies, pure brutality, and vulnerable lyricism made it one of the releases of 2020. Coming into this gig with a ton of momentum due to their newfound following, expect one of the sets of the summer.

As It Is
Rock Scene Stage
North – 14:05 / South – 14:05

As It Is are a band that almost feel like they are making a comeback. Having three records under their belt, and with their amazing latest effort – 2018’s The Great Depression. The LP really took the band to new heights, and with a lack of live shows in the last two years, it really feels like As It Is are a band some fans have seemingly forgot about. However, rest assured, they are back with a vengeance. If latest single I Lie To Me is anything to go by, the next chapter of their career is going to be huge, do not miss this set!

The Jagermeister Tent
North – 14:25 / South – 14:25

Photo Credit: Kim Quint

These guys are arguably the UK breakthrough metal band of the summer. Having played viral sets at Download Pilot and Bloodstock Festival, the band have gained many new fans despite being in the game for over 10 years, with clips of the band’s shows being posted on social media and going viral almost instantly, everybody is talking about Malevolence. Their merciless live show will undoubtedly produce some of the biggest circle pits you will see all weekend, so if you’re into metalcore, breakdowns and huge pits, this is the band for you.

Rock Scene Stage
North – 15:05 / South – 15:05

Creeper is a band hot on the lips of every rock/emo fan. Their brand of theatrical rock has caught the attention of thousands of fans. Their ability to make huge arena-filling choruses in the style of Green Day and they produce lyrics Gerard Way would be proud of. Still at the early stages of their career with two records to their name; coming off the back off their top 20 EP American Noir, Creeper are a band you’ve got to see live and will fit in perfectly with the Slam Dunk crowd.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Punk In Drublic
North – 15:25 / South – 19:35

Frank Turner is undoubtedly one of the best live acts the United Kingdom has ever produced. The fact that he’s playing a predominantly pop-punk festival despite his music not necessarily crossing those boundaries speaks volumes to the performer he is. Having multiple books, huge singalong tracks, and a London 2012 opening ceremony performance under his belt, it’s really a wonder he isn’t headlining. So, if you’re into pits, singing along, and having a laugh, then Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls will be the best set of your summer.

Slam Dunk Festival is set to take place on 4th September at Temple Newsam in Leeds and 5th September at Hatfield Park. Head to the Slam Dunk Festival website HERE for tickets and details on the festival’s launch party and after parties.