Our favourite pop-punk weekender is returning to the UK this summer, and we couldn’t be happier about it. With the third line-up announcement being revealed last week, we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of what to expect from Slam Dunk Festival 2016 and it’s looking good! We’ve rounded up five bands that you might not have guessed we think make Slam Dunk ’16 one of the best.
Orchestral violins and pop-punk riffs might not be for everyone, especially since Yellowcard veered away from their more upbeat track into more a mature route in recent years. But you have to admit, 2003’s Ocean Avenue was the teenage soundtrack to a generation of young punks. Now we get to hear it all over again as Yellowcard prepare to play the whole thing for us at this year’s Slam Dunk. Aren’t we the lucky ones?!
Fronting the post-hardcore scene this year are Issues, an adorable offspring from the likes of Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil. While Issues might be babies compared to these giants, this small but mighty bunch are ready to kick-start a whole new wave of electronic post-hardcore, and we want them to do it right here in the UK.
Hit the Lights
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Hit the Lights? Are they still a thing?” Well, yes, it turns out they are! It’s been quiet at camp Hit the Lights for some years now but, ever since their name was dropped into the Slam Dunk hat, we’ve been reminding ourselves of some of their best pop-punk bangers and now we seriously can’t wait to catch them at their UK comeback.
Four Year Strong
No-one does hardcore pop-punk better than Four Year Strong. They don’t make a habit of visiting this side of the pond all too often, so the news that they’ll be popping over this May has got almost every Slam Dunk attendee excited. We just hope that they couple this visit with some new material, because we need our fix of Four Year Strong!
Young, fun and fresh, Real Friends suit this festival down to the ground; they play catchy, angsty pop-punk songs that draw in crowds of young outcasts and alternative kids who instantly fall in love with their coming-of-age tunes and light sprinkling of rebellion. With that, they make the perfect addition to the Slam Dunk line-up.