Rachel Louise Primmer at Gunnar Mallon Portrait Studio in Sheffield on 23 May 2017 (Gunnar Mallon)


Slam Dunk have been rolling out act after act with no signs of slowing down as they continue to add to their already stellar line up. The three day festival returns to the same locations as last year, as Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield play host to the best pop-punk festival in the country.

Headlined by legendary US rock bands Good Charlotte, and Jimmy Eat World, the names beneath could easily be the top names at most other festivals this year. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, PVRIS, and Taking Back Sunday are sure to get the pack out crowds pumping with their high energy performances.

Frank Carter and The Rattle Snakes live at O2 Academy Brixton (Paul Lyme)

Welsh grime-punk Astroid Boys return for their second appearance at Slam, having appeared previously in 2016. This time they come armed with their fantastic debut album Broke. Astroid Boys says; “Slam Dunk is one of the festivals that we always tried to hit because it’s just a good time.  This is our second time playing and the first time around was next level. The bar has been set and we’re coming back to blitz the mark. We know they’ve moved the festival this year but as long as they still sell jager bombs we’re fine.”

Twin Atlantic performing at Truck Festival 2017 (Simon Reed)

Glaswegian alt-rock band Twin Atlantic’s return is likely to be a popular choice for the punters as well as a Worldwide reunion exclusive of emo-pop group The Audition. Danny Stevens of The Audition says; “We couldn’t more excited to be coming back to Slam Dunk Festival. We were part of the festival in the early years and the Slam Dunk shows and club nights in Leeds before that. To have our first show together as this group in nearly 10 years is really something special.”

Rachel Louise Primmer at Gunnar Mallon Portrait Studio in Sheffield on 23 May 2017 (Gunnar Mallon)

With the South edition of the festival becoming so popular, Slam Dunk have taken the decision to move from the Hatfield University setting so they can increase capacity. “Slam Dunk Festival South has been taking place in Hatfield since 2010 so the town has truly become our home.

Therefore, I am extremely happy we managed to find a new site still within the town. We are sad to leave the University however the event was selling out months in advance so we knew we had to move it and make it bigger due to demand from the fans.” Said festival director Ben Ray.

Rachel Louise Primmer at Gunnar Mallon Portrait Studio in Sheffield on 23 May 2017 (Gunnar Mallon)

Slam Dunk North, which we covered last year begins at its home in Leeds at Millennium Square on Saturday 26th May before heading to South to Hatfield Park on 27th May. The Midlands closes the festival in Birmingham NEC on Monday 28th May.

Tickets are on sale now: www.slamdunkmusic.com

Photography by Gunnar Mallon & Paul Lyme