Live Review – Slam Dunk Festival North 2022

Less than a year has passed since the previous iteration of Slam Dunk Festival and here we are for the third time at the Temple Newsam site since switching from the city centre where just about everything is bigger and better! The stages, the food, the acts, the sound etc. It feels truly amazing to be back without the fear of coughs, covid passes and everything else in-between that would stop us from attending!

Having grown up from my teenage years to university on a steady diet of Pop-Punk, Metalcore and tonnes of more music, it almost feels as if this is a dream today and it feels as if the gap between all the shows in the last few months has passed. Also, this has to be the most diverse lineup I’ve witnessed in a long long time!

Pinkshift

Over on their festival debut, the Baltimore based Pinkshift continue to win over some new faces to the band and I’ll say this, their energy levels didn’t drop by one bit at all. They sounded up to that point in the day, the best out of every single band on the day and they continue to win over every person that watched (including myself) especially with their recently released single ‘Nothing (in my head) which has you losing your mind over that soaring guitar.

Cassyette

Kicking off the heavier side of things is the always incredible, Cassyette, an artist who hasn’t gone unnoticed over the last year and has steadily put out a consistent repertoire of banger after banger. Her oozing her anthemic liveability has the early crowd being thoroughly entertained with her glam rock attitude with her added swagger though… she lives up to the hype.. Being a staple as one to watch could lead her to falter a but but with track such as ‘Sad Summer Girl’, it makes her pleasing to watch and hopefully in a few years time, we’ll see this artist head further up the festival bill.

Yours Truly

Rising Aussie favourites take to the Temple Newsam stage for the second time in as many days, previously on You Me At Six’s 10 Years Of Sin (Sinners Never Sleep Anniversary Shows) it’s clear that they’re fan favourites in the scene at the moment the way everyone’s bouncing on the stage to show that this is Yours Truly’s world, we’re just living in it and proof that they have only gotten better with time, refining their sound over the pandemic. Sadly though production monsters have struck during their set which do plague the performance on the occasion but that doesn’t make things unenjoyable, it makes us want to watch even more.

Meet Me At The Altar

Today there’s someone we’ve been wanting to watch for a while now but sadly their set is plagued by some technical difficulties, especially on their guitar early into their set. After some momentum from May The Odds Be In Your Favour, the sounds are a little disappointing in the rhythm of their set but around their ending, they do show some motivation at what they really can do to make them a good presence where hen they do make their UK return, these problems won’t bring them down, they’ll bring the carnage to their set.

Hot Milk

‘Lets show them how we do it in the north’. says Hannah Mee, leading the charge with Hot Milk as they reach some amazing heights with their Rock Scene stage performance. The band blast through some high octane tracks, the recently released ‘Bad Influence’ as well as their previous title track off EP, ‘I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead’with every single piece of energy just dripping from the band, it’s very impressive to say the least. Hot Milk continue to go from strength to strength in the dynamic flow of their back catalogue of tracks and the atmosphere just raises things up ten times of what any band has accomplished so far today.

Magnolia Park

Another international debut, were the social media sensations, Magnolia Park. ’10 for 10′ became this full circle moment for everyone in the crowd because it was one of those songs that when you hear for the first time which has a poignant meaning and the standout on the day of the festival but made them all the more crushing and pleasing to watch. In all honesty they are ballsy to be covering ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’ (as is anyone who chooses to) and they nail it perfectly because of their modern electro-pop blend which fans have become accustomed to. The more I listen to Magnolia Park, the more interesting they become to me not only because they seem to be the future of what the genre has to offer but because when they inevitably make their Slam Dunk return, a bigger stage will be required.

Mod Sun

It’s been a while since the record ‘internet Killed The Rockstar’ dropped and he brought about a new age of Rock to our ears and when the tracks ‘Karma’, ‘Annoying’ and more hit, all you hear is the entire crowd chanting back and screaming the lyrics. What’s more is the amount of time Mod Sun interacts with the crowd, expressing how loved he feels to be there and the entire time, that love is reciprocated. Dedicating the set to his fiancé Avril Lavigne (and even a few rumours of the queen herself being there) the 2021 breakout single ‘Flames’ is one that possibly can be heard across the pond for what is a fantastic set for the first time appearance

Set It Off

It’s been three years since Set IT Off last played in the UK. Postponement after postponement meant that their latest upcoming tour has now been on the back burner for the last few years (thanks to COVID) and this is just the opening salvo of what is to expect when things come about in a few months time. Starting off with ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Projector’ it’s obvious that they’re clear fan favourites already and will continue to stay in their setlist for a good while but that doesn’t mean they won’t bust out their old hits such as ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’ as well as ‘Why Worry’, there’s more than enough charm to go around, especially with the bands colour coded outfits as well as a You’re Next style bunny mask for their touring guitar player.

As December Falls

Making their return to Slam Dunk Festival (with their previous appearance back in 2018) and after an impressive SOLD OUT headlining run of the UK, British Pop-Punk protégées As December Falls continued to impress with their lovely catalogue of tracks, especially their latest release of ‘Go Away’, we just want more and we will on their upcoming Autumn UK Tour later this year. With the entire set of crowd pleasing tunes fizzing with some personality, the sass manages to cook up more to get the crowd really going and hopefully they’re going to be firm favourites sooner rather than later.

Nova Twins

Now I Feel for Nova Twins, I really do. They’re at the end of the day just about to go on before main headliners Sum 41 but the more you watch from them, the more you’re just in their trance. With the crowd rather drained, the duo powerhouse get the crowd moving again and again to have them reignited to remind them just who the hell they’re watching. The annihilating Riffs and furious tracks make the most of their message and believe me when I say, nexttime they tour, get your butts to a show.

Sum 41

The final band to take to the stage, the kings of the festival today are sounding the absolute best from left to right all over the place, especially with a massive Red Devil looking ominously out into the crowd.

It feels so weird to be listening to tracks such as ‘The Hell Song’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Fat Lip’ but I suppose that’s always the case of people you’ve been listening to for years. They’re always welcome with the favourites in their setlist where you hear the crowd collectively chanting back and a realisation comes to you, this is the community of the entire festival singing back. The setlist is culled from more nostalgia feels of the last 20+ years but they hold up time and time again.

Picking up in between the set, covers of riffs from The White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Queens ‘We Will Rock You’ feel effortless from my standpoint. The band have always been capable of more, and the set provides it time and time again to bring Slam Dunk Festival 2022 to a triumphant end but if I may say, this is a crowd that wants more and they oozed up every last ounce of what was put out there today.

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As December Falls Release Crushing New Track, ‘Go Away’

As December Falls have dropped their first new music since the release of their ‘Happier’ record last year.

‘Go Away’ is an intense slice of Pop-Rock intensity with the attitude to match the bands sound.

Check out ‘Go Away’ below.

The band have also announced a UK tour for later this year. Below are the following dates:

OCTOBER

06 – GLASGOW  Cathouse
07 – LEEDS Stylus
08 – MANCHESTER Academy 3
10 – CARDIFF Globe
11 – BOURNEMOUTH Old Fire Station
12 – BRISTOL Fleece
14 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
15 – BRIGHTON Patterns
16 – LONDON Islington Academy
18 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Room

Live Review – As December Falls @ Fulford Arms, York

Date:19/12/22

Support:Y!kes, Heartsink

Looking back this was my most anticipated show of 2021 in York mainly because I’ve been waiting to see the headliners As December Falls for ages! On the other hand, I was so hyped for this show as it took place at a favourite venue in my hometown?! I couldn’t think of anything better.

First up were the hometown heroes themselves, Heartsink. Now due to a positive Covid case in the band, they had to go acoustic for the night within a matter of hours and bless them, it worked really well! It’s a tough thing to do in a limited timeframe but it was a really lovely mellow start to the evening, an enjoyable pallet cleanser from the day to get everything and everyone in the mood.

Seconds up were the larger than life Y!ikes. Now truth be told, I had no idea this band were playing until the night but what a surprise! A massive and fresh faced band for me to enjoy who just seemed to soak up every ounce of energy in the place and threw it back to everyone. I hardly see a band that can do this but that made them all the more impressive to watch. Everyone just built on the anticipation from the guitar riffs to the vocals, but the standout? Their very fashionable guitarist mainly because that dude was freaking crazy! if you look at the pics you can certainly feel the energy pulsating right through the pic!

Onto As December Falls, it’s safe to say they didn’t disappoint. The set is filled with loads of their Pop-Punk bangers to prove that yes the UK does have some fantastic talent but more to that, the ferocity the band contain only has them bursting at the seams of the venue especially when they culminate into some of their larger tracks. What’s more is that they’re destined for larger venues soon and with all the festivals they’re going to be a part of in 2022, it’ll only strengthen their fanbase and prepare them to get all their energy out and about! A sonic battle for the ages at this venue, the Sold Out show and tour certainly got the fans their money’s worth and more by the time things got to the end.

With the whole performance, it makes you wonder that where’s the limit for As December Falls? They’re one of the UK’s hot up and coming acts in the entirety of the genre and we can’t wait to see what comes next from the bands.

Rating: 8/10.

Photos by JackLiddPhotography.

Could You Open For As December Falls On The Upcoming UK Tour? Here’s How!

As December Falls have a UK tour coming up this year in support of their soon to be released record, ‘Happier’.

But there’s something else. You could open for them.

The band have launched a contest to find bands to open for them in every city they’re going to play in.

There’s 13 dates on the tour so there’s 13 bands that have the chance to open up for them.

The band explain:

“The last 15 months have been really tough for everyone in the live industry and most musicians have had to put their careers on hold all together. We’ve done our best to adapt to the challenges of covid and lockdown and we can’t thank our fans enough for helping us get through it – it’s been tough!

It got us thinking about all the fledgling acts that have been sitting at home, writing tons of new music, bummed out about not being able to rehearse, record or play live as regularly as we did when we first started out.

So when it came to putting our headline tour together, we knew we wanted to try and find the best new bands in each city to join us for a long overdue live show in their hometown.” 

You can submit your band via the following link.

Here are the tour dates.

2021

November

18th – Cluny 2, Newcastle

19th – Corporation, Sheffield

21st – B2, Norwich

December

15th – Audio, Glasgow

16th – Gulivers, Manchester

17th – Bodega, Nottingham

18th – Key Club, Leeds

19th – Fulford Arms, York

2022

February

17th – Fuel, Cardiff

18th – Exchange, Bristol

19th – Sin City, Swansea

24th – Black Heart, London

26th – Institute3, Birmingham

As December Falls Release New Track

“The last year has been tough. We thought we’d treat you to a new song. It’s about being sad.”

That’s the writing attached to the post on As December Falls as they dropped the video for their latest release in the form of ‘I don’t Feel Like Feeling Great’.

Not only that, there’s a brand new record on it’s way. ‘Happier’ is set to be released June 2021.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Music Video for the single, ‘I Don’t Feel Like Feeling Great’ and Pre-Order options are available below.

1) Afterglow 
2) Over It
3) You Say When 
4) I Don’t Feel Like Feeling Great 
5) Nothing On You 
6) H.N.A. 
7) Happier. 
8) Tears
9) Fake Company
10) All Of This Is Over
11) One Last So

Bonus Tracks are available on the Deluxe editions of the record, the tracklists are as follows:

12) H.N.A. (Alternative Version)
13) Tears (Alternative Version)
14) Nothing On You (Alternative Version)
15) I Don’t Feel Like Feeling Great (Alternative Version)
16) Over It (Alternative Version)
17) Afterglow (Demo) 
18) Nothing On You (Demo) 
19) One Last Song (Demo) 
20) Fake Company (Demo) 

Pre-Orders for ‘Happier’ are available via the bands Webstore.

As December Falls Announce UK Tour

Nottingham based Pop-Punks As December Falls are set to play Macmillan Fest, but they have the tour bug now as the band have announced some headlining dates for October 2019!

In July, because they were such big fans of The Umbrella Academy, they released a cover of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’.

Check it out below.

Here are the dates.

October 2019

11th – Glasgow Garage

12th – Newcastle Head Of Steam

13th – Manchester Gullivers

19th – Leeds Fox & Newt

19th – Leicester The Shed

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