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6 Acts to See at Slam Dunk Festival 2018

The biggest pop punk extravaganza Slam Dunk Festival is set to return for its biggest year to date, bringing over 60 acts across 8 stages.

Slam Dunk Festival is taking over Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham this coming bank holiday weekend 26 – 28 May.

As we’re gearing up for this unmissable pop-punk party, we take a look at the amazing line-up and select our top 6 acts to catch.

6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Well known for their raucous  behaviour, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes will send you off on a wild journey. There’s no doubt about it. Filled with punchy in-your-face antagonistic punk and truly brutal honesty that goes straight down your spine, their music thrills and resonates with the audience. You should really check them out at Jägermeister Main Stage to see that stagediving chaos and massive mosh circle they’re famous for.

5. Palaye Royale

Well, these guys are truly unique. The fashion art rock trio is sure to deliver a vibrant and theatrical spectacle at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Their authentic style undoubtedly makes them stand out from the crowd, whilst they fuse classical influences with modern rock elements. It’s pure and it’s loud, and Palaye Royale definitely will blow you away with their headline set at Rock Sound Breakout Stage.

4. Knuckle Puck

Chicago’s pop punk rockers released their sophomore effort, Shapeshifter, last year, and since they cancelled their UK tour in December Slam Dunk will be the first place on our shores to hear those songs in a live setting. Showcasing their masterful songwriting skills driven by colossal chords and versatile vocals, Knuckle Puck truly refined their sound on this new record. Their blend of magnetic choruses and emotional lyrics deliver much deeper and reflective meaning, making Knuckle Puck a really special band. They are about to rock Jägermeister Main Stage early on the day so make sure you won’t get there too late.

3. The Faim

The hottest new name in the genre right now. The Aussie four-piece have already been making waves with just a couple of singles they’ve released, but it looks like they’re about to rise higher. Their tunes possess all things anthemic and catchy and their interactions with the crowd are simply one of a kind. The band have recently embarked on their first ever tour but you’ll be amazed by the professional level of their performance. They act as if they’ve been doing this for years. With a flair for huge singalong choruses and relatable lyrics, The Faim might easily be (and should be) your next favourite band. Catch them at Rock Sound Breakout Stage.

2. Jimmy Eat World

The legendary Jimmy Eat World will take to the Slam Dunk stage in a debut appearance and you simply can’t miss it. Thriving on their signature blend of infectious rhythmic and melodic sensibility, the Arizona’s outfit are back full force. With nine studio albums in their catalogue, and two new songs released last month, their show is destined to surprise while bringing back some great memories. There’s no doubt Jimmy Eat World are one of the most treasured bands out there and believe me, you really want to be in that mosh pit when they hit The Middle and Sweetness. They will headline Monster Energy Main Stage.

1. State Champs

Pop punk heroes State Champs are back this year with their new album Living Proof, due out on June 15th, and their Slam Dunk performance will be a great opportunity to hear some of their brand new music for the first time. Set to release their most ambitious and cohesive material to date, State Champs are sure to deliver a giant set filled with anthemic hooks and massive singalongs. Known for their authenticity and energetic stage presence, the band shape tunes that easily resonate with the crowds making them unquestionably our No. 1 act to see at this year’s fest. Catch them smash the Jägermeister Main Stage. And we’ll see you in the pit.