Slam Dunk 2013: a swish festival preview

A five point preview of who to see

Slam Dunk 2013: a swish festival preview

Photographer:Rachael Emily

Chris Eustace - 15 May 2013

Kids In Glass Houses, Mallory Knox, Pierce The Veil, Tonight Alive, Senses Fail and The Skints are just a handful of the bands on offer this year, and if you fancy a dance instead of a mosh for a bit, the likes of Caspa and Tek One are also on hand, with plenty more to explore, with seven stages and an aftershow to take in at the three main festival shows

All Time Low are doing the headlining honours in Leeds, Wolverhampton and Hatfield, and we already know if it’s choruses you want, they’ll have your back, so let’s see who else jumps out as ones to try and catch. How about…

Four Year Strong


Headlining in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, pop-punk kings FYS have been taking it easy recently, but Slam Dunk will see them back on the grind again, mixing feel-good summer anthems like ‘Wasting Time’ or ‘On A Saturday’ with more recent Foo Fighters-esque tracks such as ‘Stuck In The Middle’.

Streetlight Manifesto

This is a simple one – if you have any time whatsoever for ska-punk, go see SM. Led by ex-Catch 22 man Tomas Kalnoky, they’re pretty much the finest exponents of the much-maligned genre, with the finest horn section in the business. With new album ‘The Hands That Thieve’, much delayed due to record company wrangles, finally released, there’ll be a celebratory air to their righteous, fast and furious noise.

Deaf Havana

With new single ‘Boston Square’ premiered this week, it’s clear Deaf Havana have pressed the button marked “HUGE” for new album ‘Old Souls’. Seemingly dispatching their emo-ish early sound in favour of an epic Springsteen feel, Slam Dunk will be an ideal opportunity to find out whether this is the first taste of a dynamic new direction for the band.  

Andrew McMahon

The former frontman of piano-led punk-popsters Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, McMahon’s first solo EP, ‘The Pop Underground’ could see him break out of that very thing. With shades of Phoenix, Arcade Fire and Death Cab, it’s catchy, swirling and energetic stuff, contrasting nicely with the confessional lyrics. Definitely someone to take a chance on.  

Cancer Bats

Counterpoints to All Time Low don’t come more blatant, so if you want your punk hardcore rather than shiny then this brutal Canadian mob will be waiting with open arms. While they’re more scream-along than sing-along still, their most recent album ‘Dead Set On Living’ brought a more broad, diverse approach, with the band even referencing folkies Fleet Foxes in interviews. Who knows where they’ll head next, but it’s likely their live shows will remain as riotous as ever.  

Tickets for each Slam Dunk Festival date are £34, or £38 including the aftershow party, subject to booking fees. The shows are for ages 14+, though the aftershow is for 18's and over.

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Tickets for the Wales, Scotland and Ireland Slam Dunk Festival shows are onsale now, priced at £15 each, or 18 EUR for the Dublin show.

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