My Time At Slamdunk 2018
Leeds, 26th May 2018, Slam Dunk Festival
Having missed out on going to Slamdunk last year and missing out on bands such as Against Me, I was luckily enough to go this year and see some top bands. Here is how my day went and which bands I saw.
Four Year Strong
The first band I got to watch was Four Year Strong, who played all their favourites. It was nice way to introduce into my first Slamdunk. I sat for this, only to be looking at the people standing and thinking I want to be down there, as you could see all the people really getting into it.
The band I was most looking forward was as good as I expected it to be. Will Gould vocals were immense as he sang to the Yorkshire audience. ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Black Rain’ being my favourites. I wanted to hear his Meatloaf like vocals in person, as I’m a massive Metloaf fan, and you could really hear them when they sang ‘Suzanne’. Hopefully they come to Newcastle in the future so I can see them again.
Having saw Twin Atlantic a couple of years ago, I definitely wanted to see them again. They were good here but the weather so hot, I felt like I was burning so didn’t watch them for too long. They played there new album mostly but I did get to here some of their older songs like ‘Free’ and ‘Beast of Yourself’. However ‘Crash land’ wasn’t played this time which I was sad about as last time I saw them that was played, and it was unreal.
Sleeping with Sirens
Kellie Quinns voice is something else. Having discovered him through Peirce the Veil, ‘King for a Day’, it was great to here his voice live. It’s so unique, he can hit any highnote imaginable. Sleeping with Sirens were great to see.
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes
The craziest band of the day, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes was insane. He came out in a big fur coat and paraded round the stage like he owned. The highlight was his last song, ‘I Hate You’ which the whole crowd sang together. Also for one of his songs he dedicated the girls and encouraged them to crowd surf, so there were bodies flying over me the whole time. There was also a massive circle of death which was fun, which he complained wasn’t big enough even though it was the size of the room.
Lynn Gunn offering her great vocals and drumming skills to get the crowd pumped up for Good Charlotte. PVRIS with their electropop feel electrofying the crowd.
I had the choice between watching these or JimmyEatWorld and I think I picked right. Good Charlotte reminding me of my childhood playing ‘The Anthem’ and ‘Girls Don’t Like Boys’ while streamers came down. It was a nice way to end the night.
It was a great day overall and Leeds was a nice city also. Would recommend to everyone to at least go once, as you’ll definitely get your moneys worth if these are your kind of bands. It’s a nice mini festival before you go to somewhere like Download or Reading and Leeds.
Let me know what you thought of Slamdunk if you were there also in the comments 🙂