A Weekend Of Music At Slamdunk

A Weekend Of Music At Slamdunk

Photo by Graham Berry at Slamdunk London

The weekend just gone I made my annual pilgrimage to Slamdunk Festival but this year there was a twist. Previously I’ve done two out of the three shows because there’s just far too much to see having done Leeds and London in 2013, London and Midlands in 2014, and Leeds and London again in 2015. But this year due to the shake up in day’s I decided to skip London for the first time since it became a festival and do Leeds on Saturday 28th May, and Midlands on Sunday 29th May.

The weekend itself was fantastic and it just goes to show how each and every year the festival pull out all the stops. After travelling up to Leeds Saturday morning me and a friend checked into our hotel, had a massive lunch and headed over the festival site which is right in the city centre across Millenium Square, the O2 Academy and various university rooms. I was lucky enough to grab a pass from a friend of a friend who was playing the festival which meant I could jump the queue in the venues and grab cheap drinks in the guest bar *praise the lord*

For me Leeds this year was very packed with long queues for toilets, longer queues into venues and even longer queues for the bar, and due to a bit of excessive partying *oops* I only managed to see four bands this day. I was looking forward to hearing Yellowcard play Ocean Avenue in full but they only played half a set, so half the album but I heard the album’s title track which was enough for me. I gave Creeper another go and they were really good, while New Years Day’s set was awesome. Finally Panic! At The Disco ended the night with a nostalgia-filled sing-a-long. The night didn’t end there with an alcohol-fuelled afterparty which may or may not have been a good idea.

Sunday saw a more dignified day with a 2-hour train ride to Birmingham and a day full of far more music. This year was the first time it was held at Birmingham’s NEC with stages covering the indoor arena’, other indoor areas and various outdoor stages and despite a few complaints I heard from others I was extremely impressed about the lack of queues and the ease of getting from one venue to another.

I saw one of my favourite band’s Issues, some bands I hadn’t seen before like Blood Youth and Northlane (both of which really impressed me) and saw one of the best double acts at the end of the night aka Cancer Bats and Every Time I Die. Overall my festival experience was incredible and another year that Slamdunk have managed to pull it out of the bag.

Here’s a playlist of some of the bands which I saw across the weekend



  1. May 31, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    This sounds like the most amazing festival to go to – perhaps one day I’ll make it myself. x

  2. June 1, 2016 / 6:07 am

    I would love to attend some of the festivals this year but I always fear I am getting too old lol. The music at these sounds great x

  3. June 1, 2016 / 8:28 am

    I had never heard of slamdunk before reading this but it sounds fun 🙂

  4. June 1, 2016 / 10:51 am

    I spend a lot of time in Leeds but had no idea Slam-dunk took place there. I’m not sure it is the place for a 42yo with 3 children but have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your playlist. Glad you had a fab weekend of partying even though it limited how many bands you saw x

  5. Sarahjane
    June 1, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Wow! I am so jealous! I love the song Ocean Avenue it is such a summery tune and takes me back to my school days! Great memories! Glad you got to see them!

  6. June 1, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Such a good weekend! Praise short queues to the bar! Although that was probably the reason for my headache the next morning haha.


  7. June 1, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I can’t believe you got to see Panic At The Disco I love them and oh god how much alcohol did you have ?

  8. Melanie Edjourian
    June 1, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Wow it sounds like you had a great time even though you had partied a little too hard from the sound of it 😉

  9. John Milnes
    June 2, 2016 / 12:00 am

    Yellowcard I have heard of and I have a few of their albums. This festival would have been cool to attend. Its a shame I live in Lancashire now. /cry

    Thanks for Sharing.

    John M.

  10. June 2, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Sounds like a brilliant weekend. I would love to go to something like this.

  11. June 2, 2016 / 6:38 am

    Wow sounds like a lovely weekend you had. I have never heard of Yellow Card before.

  12. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    June 2, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Sounds like a fab experience, my husband would love it! H x

  13. kitty kaos
    June 2, 2016 / 9:40 am

    I love cancer bats! Oh my gosh I didn’t know yellow card were still going I used to promote for them back in the day when I worked for record companies x

  14. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    June 2, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Slamdunk – sounds like you had a great time!

  15. Jessica
    June 3, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Great weekend indeed. One of the best trips to enjoy – Music. 🙂

  16. Talya Stone
    June 10, 2016 / 11:23 am

    That looks awesome! Nothing like an awesome festival to make the summer….

  17. June 10, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Looks like an amazing line up. Not to my taste, though, but I’m glad you had fun!

  18. Little Steps
    June 10, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Would love to see any gig. Haven’t seen one in ages and this looks fab!

  19. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    June 10, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Looks like it was good line up. I haven’t been to a gig for so long!

  20. Mum in a Nutshell
    June 10, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    All this talk of festivals is really getting me in the mood to escape to one. I just need to guarantee the weather!

  21. June 11, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I’m so jealous! looks like you had a great time and amazing gigs!

  22. One Yummy Mummy
    June 12, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    ah i love music festivals.. this one looks ace.. i bet you had an amazing time x

  23. Evelina
    June 14, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Wow this looks so much fun!

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