My guide to Slam Dunk Festival

Guide to Slam Dunk Festival | Joseph BurrowsI’m attending Slam Dunk Festival as press in return for pre and post-festival coverage. 

Slam Dunk Festival is nearly here and I literally couldn’t be more excited. Great music, (nearly always) great weather, friends and beer – what’s not to love!?

After attending Slam Dunk Festival for 10 years now, I reckon it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a mini-expert when it comes to the pop-punk bonanza, which is why I’ve put together a handy little guide to Slam Dunk Festival!

If you’re planning to hit up the festival this year, make sure you take a read of my guide to Slam Dunk Festival and all the details I think you need to know to have the best day possible.

Who to watch and when they’re playing

Slam Dunk Festival offers up upwards of 50 bands from across a range of genres, all in one day. You’ve got pop-punk. You’ve got ska. You’ve got metal, alternative, hardcore and even DJs. Which means you’ve got choices. With all those bands you choose from, it’s important that you get familiar with the bands on offer and make sure you soak up as much excellent music as physically possible.

Looking for some recommendations on who to check out? Here are the bands you need to see! 

Packing so many amazing bands into one day means there’s one problem – the dreaded clashes. You’re going to have to make some tough decisions, so it’s best to plan in advance so that you know what you’re doing on the day.

So what’s the best way to sort out your clashes? It’s easy – download the Slam Dunk app. The set times for bands went live last week (which I have to say is actually pretty early for a festival – god bless Slam Dunk), so you can work out who you want to see and at what time. Simples.

Know where you’re meant to be

You might think this sounds super obvious, but every year I see people wandering aimlessly and complaining about missing bands because they got lost.

Whatever you do, familiarise yourself with the site map for which ever festival you’re attending. Know how you’re getting there, know where your ticket exchange is, and please please please make sure you know which stages you’re meant to be and how you’re getting there to catch your favourite band.

Whilst Slam Dunk is a fairly small festival, the stages can still be a short walk away, and if you’re going from opposite ends of the sight between bands then it’ll eat up a fair amount of your time. Some stages are also indoors with a capacity cap, so give yourself a bit of extra time to get around and get where you’re meant to be.

Prepare for the weather

It is the UK after all, so who knows what the weather’s going to do! A quick check of the weather forecast the day before will let you know if you need to bring a poncho or not, but Slam Dunk is a special day where you’ll probably be graced with good weather.

Straight up – I’ve been going to Slam Dunk for around 10 years now and I swear it’s only rained once. But you know what that means? Sun burn, and lots of it. You might scoff at looking after yourself in the UK, but make sure you play it safe and apply some sun cream beforehand. Skin cancer isn’t cool, and you’ll thank me for it later.

Guide to Slam Dunk Festival | Joseph Burrows

What’s allowed?

Like all other gigs and concerts, Slam Dunk has rules on what can and can’t be brought into the festival site. Make sure you have a proper look through their FAQs on things like bags to make sure you aren’t caught out on the day.

If you’re a photo-lover like I am, it’s also worth noting that Slam Dunk (unlike most places) allow you to bring a camera with you, so bring it along if you want to get a bit snap-happy and keep some mementos of your day!

The afterparty

Remember. the party doesn’t have to end when the bands do! Slam Dunk has an afterparty after each day of the festival, you just have to buy your tickets in advance. Afterparty tickets are usually the first things to sell out and they need to be bought alongside your festival ticket, so if you do want to have a pop-punk party until the wee hours of the morning, make sure you grab your tickets ASAP.

Get listening

The perfect way to get hyped for your day (and maybe even discover a new band you NEED to see) is to get listening! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve put together a pretty sweet playlist of some of my favourite bands and songs from across the line-up that I’d highly recommend you check out.

So there it is – my guide to Slam Dunk Festival!

Are you heading to the festival this year? Who are you most excited to see? Let me know in the comments!

I’m attending Slam Dunk Festival as press in return for pre and post-festival coverage. All words and opinions are (obviously) my own.