• Adam Ruane

Slam Dunk Festival 2019.

Its festival season once again and we are back out in the field, kicking off with the brand new looking Slam Dunk Festival North.

Moving site to Temple Newsam creating a fully outdoor event the festival certainly showed its growth and has no signs of slowing down.

The festival has factored in transporting attendees from the city centre to the new site with a shuttle bus, and at first the queue did look daunting and we thought we would be stood in it for hours, however the queue moved rapidly and we were stood for maybe ten minutes max before we were sat on the coach and on our way to the new site.

The crowd control on entry was also very well controlled and didn't seem to cause any issues at all from what we saw.

The new site was also a perfect demonstration as to how far the festival has come and looked stunning.

We managed to have a quick look around and get a feel for the set out before jumping in and catching some bands.

We briefly caught Knocked Loose, Tiny Moving Parts, Hot Milk and Boston Manor whilst checking the site out before we headed over to the Key Club Stage to see who the secret (well, not so secret) set was.

Of course it was Busted, who were hotly rumoured before the event, who took to the stage surrounded with a packed out crowd.

The bands appearance seemed to cause a mixed reception amongst some attendees, some saying they did not belong on the line-up, however we have to disagree, they're the perfect band for the festival and show the diversity Slam Dunk have.

It may also be a hint at the festival growing a but more and introducing more "pop" acts in the future as the event continues to grow.

Following Busted we headed to the main stage to catch As It Is. I managed to catch up with guitarist Ronnie Ish very briefly before they took to the stage. I have known Ronnie for years now from previous bands and it was real pleasure seeing him on a stage again, especially on a main stage of such a great festival.

As It Is were massive on stage, they had some sound issues at the beginning of the set but it was soon corrected. They commanded the stage with amazing presence and energy accompanying their sound.

They accumulated a great crowd who were singing back to them none stop. 

As It Is could well fill the void in your heart that My Chemical Romance left open.

We managed to catch Silverstein briefly, who sounded amazing but we were drawn into another tent after hearing The Bronx tearing it apart.

They tore the place down, such an amazing and power packed performance, easily made them on of the best bands of the day.

Hellogoodbye were next up and gave that nostalgia feeling throughout their set. They had a modest crowd to begin with but as soon as that iconic start to their biggest hit Here In Your Arms started more and more people began to crowd around to enjoy one of the seminal hits of our growing up.

We managed to dip in and out of some more sets including Neck Deep and Gallows before taking refuge from the downpour for Atreyu.

Atreyu announced before the festival that their vocalist Alex would not be joining them due to medical issues, but that didn't stop the band from delivering an enormous set.

Drummer and clean vocalist Brandon took over front man duties with a stand in drummer allowing them to continue with their show commitments and they also had a helping hand from bands such as Wage War and Story of the Year to help deliver a set to remember.

Following Atreyu we stuck around to catch Glassjaw blare through a mind numbing and boring set whilst waiting for Bullet For My Valentine to take to the stage.

Bullet delivered an enormous performance from what we saw, hard hitting and energetic with a perfect sound to accompany. 

From start to end there were pits, crowd surfers, sing a longs and so much more all crammed into the tent.

We managed to catch a little bit of All Time Low before calling it a day.

All in all 2019 was the start of something special for Slam Dunk Festival, it has huge growth potential going forward in it's new home and who knows, maybe one day soon we will see camping and more than one day hosted in the North and South.

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