Damn, Slam Dunk 2017, you didn’t half bring it. What. A. Day.
It breaks my heart to think that I have to wait another whole year before I get to experience the beautiful festival again.
Now, Slam Dunk is glorious every year, but Slam Dunk 2017 in Leeds was even more perfect than usual. I danced, I drank and I sang my heart out at Slam Dunk North, the festival’s true home. Here are the 8 reasons why Slam Dunk 2017 was the goddamn best day of the whole year (and it’s only May!).
1. The weather
Once again, the weather gods were kind to me and Slam Dunk 2017 was bathed in glorious sunshine. Could there be anything better than great music, cider, and sunshine? I think not. Thankfully, I planned ahead this time and used suncream, which means I will be avoiding the lobster burn this year!
2. The security
After last week’s incredibly tragic incident in Manchester, it’s unsurprising that security has been souped up. Now, security and organisation hasn’t always been the smoothest in previous years, so it’s incredible to see how well the festival has handled everything this year. I’ve never felt more comfortable and safe before, and the bag searches were done quickly and effectively. Well done, Slam Dunk!
3. We Are The Ocean
Slam Dunk 2017 marked We Are The Ocean’s last 3 shows. Honestly, I’m heart-broken. WATO were one of my favourite bands in the scene and they’ll be greatly missed. As the band who’ve played Slam Dunk the most over the years, it was perfect to see them going out on a high at the festival. WATO, you will be missed.
4. The nostalgia
Enter Shikari playing ‘Take To The Skies’ in full. We The Kings playing their debut in full. Cute Is What We Aim For playing ‘The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch’ in full. The nostalgia hype is REAL. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of some of my favourite bands playing their albums in full, so long may this nostalgia-trip continue.
On this note, can we talk about how good Cute Is What We Aim For are live? I thought it could be a bit gimmicky, but they were EXCELLENT. I’ve been waiting to see them for 10 years and it was totally worth the wait.
5. Madina Lake
I last saw Madina Lake on their farewell tour in 2013, so I was ecstatic to see them announced for Slam Dunk 2017. Evidently the band were ecstatic too, as I can’t remember seeing a band look so happy to be on stage. Madina Lake have always been one of my favourite live bands and I really hope they’re back for good now – fingers crossed they announce some more tour dates soon!
6. The atmosphere
Slam Dunk always has the most amazing atmosphere, and that’s a huge part of any festival experience. Great music, (usually) great weather, and a crowd full of people loving life makes for a great feeling. Honestly, nothing will put a smile on your face quite like a day at Slam Dunk festival.
7. Against Me!
Any festival which books Against Me! is always going to be a winner, to be honest. One of the most important bands in the modern scene, Against Me! are just perfection. Watching them storm through a 17 song set was the best way I could ever dream of finishing Slam Dunk 2017, and it’s undoubtedly going to be one of my highlights of the year.
8. All the pop-punk
Slam Dunk is a pop-punk mecca, and they totally nailed it in 2017. Not only did the festival attract some of the best names in the scene like Neck Deep and Bowling For Soup, it also had future stars like With Confidence. But there’s more. Slam Dunk 2017 also introduced the pizza van. Is there anything more pop-punk than pizza?!
All the credit for this amazing photography goes to my glamorous partner in crime, Rhianna Bowe.
Yep, no question about it, Slam Dunk 2017 has already claimed the title of ‘Best Day of the Year’. Can it be Slam Dunk 2018 now, please?
Have you ever been to Slam Dunk festival? Who would be your dream headliner for next year? Let me know in the comments!