Year on year and without fail, Slam Dunk delivers. Fact. The Southern chapter of this year’s festival did not disappoint and I managed to tick off pretty much everything on my must-see list which leads us almost seamlessly into six reasons why Slam Dunk was bloody brilliant this year.
1. Kick Ass Line Up
Slam Dunk always seems to keep a line up both strong and diverse, catering to different tastes of punk, pop punk, ska, and err mariachi. It’s safe to say my pallet was left well and truly tingled.
Cartel, Fireworks, Rob Lynch, and of course the mighty mighty The Wonder Years top my list of incredible performances that day, but special mentions must be dished out to Mariachi El Bronx, Pvris, Bear Tooth, Finch and Neck Deep.
Bear Tooth taming the Monster Stage.
Don Broco show us their priorities.
2. Everyone Loves the 90’s
Between consoles and Nike Air Jordans nothing was safe and no stone left unturned in the quest for the most on-point nineties nod. For me, Shvpes lead the charge on this with their Playstation inspired pocket print.
It’s in the game!
3. All The Band Merch
The streets of Slam Dunk were quite literally paved with merch as alt-fashion and merch stalls lined the outdoor walkways and refectory.
Across the board it really felt everyone had upped the ante with their merch this offering year. It seemed like there were more stands and even more brilliant designs just waiting to get a new home. I was especially impressed with the offering from Slam Dunk Festival itself and the Lucky Cat certainly caught my eye.
Also in attendance were vendors including Fearless Records, Cheer Up, Impericon, and Macbeth all stocked up with many many tempting treats which I may or may not have indulged in slightly.
Shvpes & Bear Tooth hang loose.
4. The Wonder Years
Two things stick in my mind from The Wonder Years set. The first is how much love is reciprocated between them and their adoring fans, so much so that a dear friend of mine may have become so overcome with emotion she shed real tears and needed a cwtch. The second has to be how hoarse my voice was for at least three days following thanks in no small part to ‘Woke Up Older’. That tune is my ultimate fave!
Joy, laughter, sing-songs and tears. The Wonder Years had it all.
5. Outdoor Stages
The movement of another indoor stage outdoors was truly inspired and made festival life so much easier. Getting around to watch bands, topping up my cider and shopping for clobber was relatively pain free as more and more of the festival moves outside. AKA no more getting shoved and squashed en route to the next set – unless you’re into that kind of thing? No? Didn’t think so.
6. It’s all pretty reasonable
The prices I mean. Band T-Shirts rang in at no more than £20 which for a festival isn’t too shabby at all and meant picking up a cotton memory barely dented the beer fund. Perfect!
So be you punter or performer, no holds were barred at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival, and everyone pulled out all the stops ensuring nothing but good vibes throughout the whole day – although we hope the young lass injured during You Me At Six is fighting fit and back in the mosh pit. Until next time, Slam Dunk you slayed me and now I am Slam Done! Is it 2016 yet?