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Spotlight on 'Slam Dunk Festival 2019: What You Need To Know And Who To Check Out'

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

2019 sees Slam Dunk take a slightly different direction. Gone is the Midland leg of the festival. And the North has found itself relocated from Leeds City Centre over to Temple Newsam Park. This comes after the success of South's relocation last year to Hatfield House Park (where it shall remain this year) resulting in a more stream lined day event that allowed attendees to enjoy the festival and get their monies worth.

SLAM DUNK NORTH 2019 will be held on Saturday 25th May 2019.

SLAM DUNK SOUTH 2019 will be held on Sunday 26th May 2019

Each location is easily accessible by train and car. 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.

Like all large scale outdoor events there are restrictions on what you can and can't take into Slam Dunk Festival. Security checks will take place at the entrance to the festival to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Here is information on the frequently queried items.

Bags - You will be able to bring a bag to the festival if it meets the festivals bag policy requirements. The bag policy has changed from previous years, backpacks smaller than a piece of A3 paper will now be permitted into the festival.

ID - It is recommend you bring ID to the festival as all bars will require this to serve you. Cards are accepted bearing the PASS hologram, a photographic driving licence and a passport.

Food and Drink - You can't take food and drink into the festival but there is always a wide range of food stalls, bars and fresh water available across the site.

Charger Packs - You can take charger packs for your mobile device if the size fits within the sizes of the festivals bag policy.

Medication - You can take medication labelled in your name (please take ID). Please make security aware of this before entering the security checks.

Recreational Drugs - Like all festivals there is a strict anti-drugs policy. The use of illegal substances including new psychoactive substances (NPS) or similar is strictly forbidden. Any persons found in possession of illegal or illicit substances will be ejected and substances seized.

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. Gallows

Gallows are an English Hardcore Punk band from Watford, Hertfordshire. This is their first show since 2015 and it's set to be one hell of a return.

2. Cancer Bats

After the success of their 2018 album 'The Spark That Moves' , they've not stopped with tours, documentaries and a video for each track off the album. These guys have been on my bucket list to see for a long time.

3. The Bronx

An American Punk Rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally formed in 2002. Infecting the crowd with their endless energy and passion, this is not a show to be missed.

4. New Found Glory

Over 22 years later and no signs of slowing down. With new album 'From The Screen To Your Stereo' out on May 3rd, there's set to be a huge sing-a-long of covers like ' The Power Of Love' and 'Eye Of The Tiger' as well as their original classics.

5. Justin Pierre

Justin is a singer, songwriter and guitarist originally of the pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack. His new solo album ' The Drink' is out now and I'm really excited to see his set and his interactions with the audience.


A 5 piece Rock band from Birmingham, UK that's been described as one of the most exciting band in the UK right now. I've only recently been introduced to them and their album 'Greater Than' promises an absolutely action packed show and I for one cannot wait.

7. The Interrupters

The Interrupters are an American Ska Punk band formed in Los Angeles in 2011 and just finished their fight the good fight tour. I discovered these through listening to bands like Rancid and The Transplants and I've been hooked ever since.

8. Atreyu

Their debut album ' Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kisses' was a huge staple of my teenage years. Atreyu have 7 studio albums under their belt and are currently on the Spring invasion tour with Motionless In White and Wilson. They then kick off their Europe/UK tour next month with SlamDunk.

9. Bad Religion

Bad Religion is an American Punk Rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, 1980 and are often considered the godfathers of Punk. Another band that has been on the bucket list for a long time. Their new album ' Age Of Unreason' is out May 3rd.

10. HelloGoodbye

When 'Here (In Your Arms)' comes on, everyone is united in a nostalgic karaoke session. They've since released 2 more studio albums, a live album and opened for Paramore on the Self Titled Tour. Excited to see what they bring to the stage.

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