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Spotlight on 'Slam Dunk Festival What You Need To Know And Who To Check Out'

If you’re planning on attending this years festival then you need here is a break down of what you need to know and a few of the bands we recommend you check out.

Slam Dunk takes place over three days in three different cities. On Saturday the 27th of May, the festival will take place in Birmingham at The Nec. There will be a number of stages, indoors and outdoors. On Sunday the 28th the festival moves to Leeds City Centre, where bands will perform at a number of venues: the Millennium Square, First Direct Arena, O2 Academy and Leeds Beckett University. Finally on the bank holiday Monday (the 29th) the festival moves to the University of Hertfordshire campus. Each location is easily accessible by train and car and for Leeds in particular the venues are only a short walk apart from each other. Download the Slam Dunk app to get your hands on a site map. Upon purchasing your ticket you'll receive all the relevant info you'll need for wrist band collection.

With so many bands playing it is near impossible to do a full break down of exactly who you should see, but all the same here is our personal Top 10 must sees.

1. We Are The Ocean

We have a lot of love for We Are The Ocean so were of course saddened to hear their calling it a day. The type of band that needs little introduction we can simply say get to their set on the day for a chance to see them for the last time. See them on the jägermeister stage - 3:30 - 4:10

2. Madina Lake

Despite calling it a day in late 2014, Madina Lake are back! There will of course be those who attend their set for nostalgias sake but don't for one second dismiss the enormity of this bands live show. Be it an audience of 4 or 40,000 they will give you everything they have. See them on the Impericon Stage - 8:40 - 9:25

3. Vukovi

Here at 3 Songs & Out we are massive of fans of Vukovi, set to be one of this years major break outs we will let the music do the talking but will say this, you'd be a fool to miss them. See them on the Rock Sound Breakout Stage - 3:20 - 3:50

4. The Gospel Youth

The Gospel Youth will pull on your heart string then tear it clean out of your chest. These guys are responsible for incredibly heartfelt lyrics intertwined with perfect melody. With anthem inspired choruses you will fall in love again and again. See them on the Rock Sound Breakout Stage - 7:55 - 8:25

5. Crossfaith

Crossfaith have shown the world time and time again that they are the most unique and exhilarating live band, they're music will do the talking for them and it is going to go off! See them on the jägermeister stage - 2:30 - 3:05

6. Grumble Bee

Grumble Bee aka Jack Bennett is a one man band with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. With a voice to die for and lyrics to boot make sure to get down to his set early cause the place is going to be packed. See him on the UPRAWR Stage - 3:10 - 3:40

7. Lizzy Farrall

Lizzy Farrall has recently signed to Pure Noise Records so this years Slam Dunk is a big deal for Lizzy. Opening the stage is always going to be intimidating for any performer but we know Lizzy is going to own it, every show we've had the pleasure of attending we've been left captivated by her performance and we know you will too. Make sure to get down early and support this up and coming talent. See her on the UPRAWR Stage - 1:40 - 2:05

8. Tonight Alive

Despite the controversy surrounding their most recent release and its detachment from their signature sound, there is no denying Tonight Alive are still pioneers of their craft and are responsible for incredible live shows. Add to the fact you'll have the chance to grab them in a more intimate setting and you're in for something special. See them on The Key Club Stage - 9:30 - 10:30

9. Louise Distras

Louise’s path from hardship to heart-felt anthems began when she ran away from home, aged 16, armed with a guitar and the few chords she knew. Inspired by Nirvana and the Punk-Rock gateway the Seattle legends provided, Louise turned her back on the bullying that had made her life unbearable and decided to play music for anyone who’d listen. Making waves on the Punk scene for some time now Louise is quite simply a powerhouse of a performer and her set will no doubt be something special. See her on the UPRAWR stage - 2:40 - 3:05

10. Competition Winner

This stage slot is reserved for the winner of the voting competition and for whoever that may be on the day they are worthy of your support. Make sure to give them your time and watch them own what will be the quickest half hour of their lives. See them on the Rock Sound Breakout Stage - 1:30 - 2:00

When it's all said and done our top 10 is merely a spec on the landscape of incredible bands playing this year. Ultimately all bands are worthy of your time and with a line up like this there is no doubt you're going to have yourselves a great day.

Full list of stage splits and set times:


ENTER SHIKARI 9:25 - 10:45 DON BROCO 8:00 - 8:55 DEAF HAVANA 6:45 - 7:35 BEARTOOTH 5:40 - 6:20 BURY TOMORROW 4:35 - 5:15 WE ARE THE OCEAN 3:30 - 4:10 CROSSFAITH 2:30 - 3:05 ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS 1:30 - 2:05 FIREBALL STAGE

BOWLING FOR SOUP 9:45 - 10:55 LESS THAN JAKE 8:20 - 9:20 REEL BIG FISH 6:55 - 7:55 GOLDFINGER 5:45 - 6:30 MAD CADDIES 4:35 - 5:20 ZEBRAHEAD 3:30 - 4:10 THE ATARIS 2:25 - 3:05 FENIX TX 1:25 - 2:00 MONSTER STAGE

NECK DEEP 9:40 - 10:50 THE MOVIELIFE 8:20 - 9:10 WE THE KINGS 7:05 - 7:55 THE MAINE 5:50 - 6:40 CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR 4:35 - 5:25 WSTR 3:35 - 4:10 TROPHY EYES 2:35 - 3:10 LIKE PACIFIC 1:35 - 2:10 THE KEY CLUB STAGE

TONIGHT ALIVE 9:30 - 10:30 SET IT OFF 8:20 - 9:00 SEAWAY 7:20 - 7:55 WATERPARKS 6:20 - 6:55 WITH CONFIDENCE 5:20 - 5:55 BOSTON MANOR 4:20 - 4:55 BLACK FOXXES 3:25 - 3:55 DECADE 2:30 - 3:00 FORT HOPE 1:35 - 2:05 SIGNATURE BREW STAGE

AGAINST ME! 9:45 - 10:45 THE BRONX 8:25 - 9:20 FRANK IERO & THE PATIENCE 7:15 - 8:00 CITIZEN 6:10 - 6:50 TURNOVER 5:05 - 5:45 CRIME IN STEREO 4:05 - 4:40 MILK TEETH 3:10 - 3:40 SORORITY NOISE 2:15 - 2:45 PUPPY 1:20 - 1:50 IMPERICON STAGE

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE 9:50 - 10:50 MADINA LAKE 8:40 - 9:25 STRAY FROM THE PATH 7:35 - 8:15 I PREVAIL 6:30 - 7:10 COUNTERFEIT 5:30 - 6:05 ICE NINE KILLS 4:30 - 5:05 OCEANS ATE ALASKA 3:35 - 4:05 SHVPES 2:40 - 3:10 TOO CLOSE TO TOUCH 1:45 - 2:15 ROCK SOUND BREAKOUT STAGE

OCEAN GROVE 8:50 - 9:20 THE GOSPEL YOUTH 7:55 - 8:25 SYLAR 7:00 - 7:30 AREA 11 6:05 - 6:35 HOMEBOUND 5:10 - 5:40 MAKEOUT 4:15 - 4:45 VUKOVI 3:20 - 3:50 CASEY 2:25 - 2:55 COMPETITION WINNER 1:30 - 2:00 UPRAWR STAGE

UPRAWR DJS 5:00 - 11:00 I AM THE AVALANCHE 4:20 - 4:50 NIGHTMARE OF YOU 3:45 - 4:15 GRUMBLE BEE 3:10 - 3:40 LOUISE DISTRAS 2:40 - 3:05 THE LION & THE WOLF 2:10 - 2:35 LIZZY FARRALL 1:40 - 2:05

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