High Five: Our Slam Dunk Festival Ones to Watch

In just five days, SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL will be returning to Leeds – though the greener surroundings of Temple Newsam Park will be it’s new home this year.

The Menzingers - Slam Dunk

Main stage headline acts All Time Low and Bullet For My Valentine and other huge names in punk and rock will make certain Slam Dunkers will have an absolute blast on Saturday 25 May.

Here, we pick out our favourite five acts we’ll definitely not be missing – though there’s always a set clash or two to scupper our expertly-considered scheduling.

TINY MOVING PARTS – Dickies Stage 1.25pm-2pm

The Minnesota post-hardcore trio, made up of brothers and a cousin – an emo Beach Boys, if you will – will be back in Leeds to tear up the Dickies Stage just as the day gets into gear. They released their fourth album Swell last year and we missed their Brudenell show last autumn, so it’ll be a great start to Slam Dunk for us.

TURNSTILE – Impericon Stage 2.10pm – 2.50pm

This Baltimore hardcore lot, formed in 2010 are back with a brutal new album – Time & Space, which came out last year on Warner Brothers’ rock label Roadrunner. Last round these parts headlining the mighty Outbreak Festival last summer, the five-piece will probably whip up the messiest mosh pit of the day.

THE GET UP KIDS – Dickies Stage 5.20pm – 6pm

The band have played in Leeds a few times since they last appeared at Temple Newsam back in 2002 for a Leeds Festival set, and this set is definitely one we absolutely not miss. New album Problems, which came out earlier this month, offers up a new sound for TGUK, and we can’t wait to hear some new tunes this weekend.

GLASSJAW – Impericon Stage 7.40pm – 8.25pm

Long Island hardcore heroes Glassjaw will finally get to play in front of me after literally years of waiting for it to happen and I am rather happy about that. Now armed with three albums-worth of bangers, it’ll round off the stage’s offerings in pretty riotous fashion.

THE MENZINGERS – Dickies Stage 8pm – 8.50pm

Hailing from Scranton, Pennsylvania, the punk rock four-piece have literally just wrapped up recording their latest album, which has been given no release date as of yet. Perhaps the band will treat us to a preview of new tunes this weekend? Hoping so.

Okay, so it looks like we’ll be hanging between the Dickies and Impericon stages for most of the day. But we’re going to try and get out and about checking other pretty neat bands as well. Depends on sunshine and beers.

LESS THAN JAKE always put on a bit of a party, so we’ll head over there for a bit of pop-punk fun and games, while earlier in the day we’ll be hanging around the Key Club’s Right Key Stage to find out who the day’s special guests are going to be. Rumour has it it’ll be BRING ME THE HORIZON, which will be ace.

We’ll definitely be around for SAVES THE DAY (at the Dickies Stage, as per) and head over to catch a bit of HELLOGOODBYE, whose classic debut (13 years old, now!) Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! was waaay ahead of it’s time.

Tickets are still available for Slam Dunk Festival. You can get yours here.

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