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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Being As An Ocean Announce UK Touring Dates For ‘Dear G-D…’ Ten Year Anniversary Tour

Being As An Ocean have revealed that they are bringing their ‘Dear G-d’ ten-year anniversary celebrations to the UK and Europe later this year. 

And they will be bringing along some special guests. 

Acres & Hail The Sun will be the support on the UK touring dates.

Check out the touring dates below.

DECEMBER 2022
06 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
07 – GLASGOW Cathouse
08 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux
09 – LEEDS Key Club
10 – LONDON Underwolrd
11 – MANCHESTER Club Academy

Bad Omens Announce UK Tour For 2023

Bad Omens have announced that they are going to be heading over to the UK and for some huge dates!

It follows on from the release of their latest album ‘THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND’, which dropped back in February via Sumerian. 

Check out the touring dates below.

FEBRUARY 2023
23 – SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
24 – BRISTOL Exchange
25 – LEEDS Key Club
27 – GLASGOW Cathouse
28 – MANCHESTER Rebellion

MARCH 2023

01 – BIRMINGHAM Asylum
02 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
03 – LONDON Dome

Roam Announce They’re Breaking Up, Final Tour Coming In September

Okay so two things,

  1. Roam ARE BREAKING UP!
  2. They’ve announced their final headlining tour for September 2022.

The Pop-Punk quintet have announced they’re calling it a day after a decade together releasing three EP’s as well as three records.

The band have released the following statement:

“We want to keep this short because these things can easily get emotional, and we have nothing but love for the last 10 years.

We started ROAM at 18, and never imagined it would take us to the places it took us, or we’d meet the people we met. Thank you for being by our side through all our successes and multiple failures.

We’re now in a place where creatively & in life, we’re ready to move on to something new. For some of us, that might be new musical projects, for others, it’s just having the time to be home & grow outside of music.

Finals shows are booked and will be announced shortly. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you for giving us an unbelievable early 20s.

Alex, Alex, Matt, Sam & Miles

ROAM 2012 – Forever”

At least we’ve still got the tour to look forward to.

Speaking of which, here’s the final touring dates.

SEPTEMBER 2022

03 – COLOGNE Luxor
04 – EINDHOVEN Dynamo
05 – ANTWERP Kavka VZW
07 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s
08 – MANCHESTER Rebellion
10 – LONDON The Dome

Our Hollow, Our Home Announce UK Headlining Tour

UK Metalcore favourites Our Hollow, Our Home have announced a Autumn UK tour for 2022.

Fresh from supporting A Day To Remember on select dates in Europe and Scotland, Our Hollow, Our Home will play five shows on their UK headline tour for October 2022.  These shows are in addition to the rescheduled EU tour from 2021.  The dates are as follows:

October 

4th France Paris @ Le Klub

5th Switzerland Aarau @ KiFF

6th France Lyon @ Rock N Eat

7th Germany Karlsruhe @ Die Stadtmitte

8th Austria Vorchdorf @ Kitzmantelfabrik (Metalnight Outbreak Fest)

9th Austria Vienna @ Viper Room

10th Germany Munich @ Backstage

11th Germany Nuremberg @ Z-Bau

13th Czech Republic Prague @ Rock Cafe

14th Germany Essen @ Weststadthalle (Crowdsalat Festival) *

15th Germany Hamburg @ Indra

16th Germany Leipzig @ Naumanns

17th Germany Berlin @ Badehaus

18th Germany Frankfurt @ Das Bett

20th Germany Trier @ Mergener Hof

21st Belgium Antwerp @ JH Kaddish

22nd Germany Cologne @ Club Volta

23rd The Netherlands Den Bosch @ Willem Twee

25th UK Birmingham @ Space54

26th UK Bristol @ The Exchange

27th UK Manchester @ Rebellion

28th UK Nottingham @ Rock City Beta

29th UK London @ The Underworld

Vukovi Announce Headlining UK Tour

Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI have todayannounced their biggest headline tour for UK and Europe for this October. The band also recently announced details on their new album NULA, which is out the 7th October via LAB Records.

Speaking about the tour Janine said ‘Equally excited, proud and apprehensive having our biggest headline tour to date go on sale during such economically hard times but we believe in our music, our message and our fans. It is going to be an unforgettable experience’

Pre-orders for the upcoming record, ‘NULA’ can be Mae via the following link.

Check out the touring dates below.

12th – LEEDS/STYLUS
13th – MANCHESTER/ ACADEMY 3
14th – LONDON/GARAGE
16th -BRIGHTON/CHALK
17th – BRISTOL/FLEECE
19th -BIRMINGHAM / 02 INSTITUTE 2
29th -NEWCASTLE / STUDENTS UNION

30th – SWG3, GLASGOW

A Stone’s Throw Festival Adds Second Wave To Lineup

A Stone’s Throw Festival has recently revealed the second wave of acts for their inaugural event, taking place on Saturday May 28th 2022 within two buzzing towns along Newcastle’s stunning coastline. 

Amongst the names joining Island-signed Sam TompkinsNME ‘Best New Act in the UK’-voted BERWYN, and Isle of Wight slacker-pop queen Lauran Hibberd on the bill is Newcastle indie sensation Heidi Curtis, synth-pop risers Deco and indie maestros Second Thoughts, alongside a host of the North East’s finest talent

With 11 venues currently taking part, encompassing an array of independent bars, venues and unique spaces, and trusted local bus service Go North East supplying open top buses and a 7 minute round trip, A Stone’s Throw is gearing up to provide a refreshing, unique and memorable music festival experience. 

Detailing their new announcement, co-founder Anthony Thompson explained: “On May 28th, 2022, over 60 of the hottest new music acts will descend on Newcastle’s coastline, creating a trail of MUST-SEE talent spanning Tynemouth to North Shields! All ticket holders will have access to over ten venues and a bespoke double-decker bus service provided by established local bus company Go North East. We’re over the moon to be able to provide such an exciting new music event for North East music fans and we look forward to catching our favourite new artists along Newcastle’s coast this May 28th!” 

Performing at this year’s first edition will be Sam TompkinsBERWYNLauran HibberdDecoHeidi CurtisSecond ThoughtsAlex AmorAugust CharlesBalticBanditBenjamin FitzgeraldCalum BowieCandidChartreuseClub ParadiseDakota AvenueDankoDILUTEY JUICEEllurFEVAFinn ForsterFrankie BeetlestoneFrankie JoblingGeorge O’HanlonHector GannetHi SiennaHighSchoolImogenJango FlashJarki MonnoKate BondKeiran BoweLizzie Esau, Luke RoyaltyLYRASMidlightMoon WaxMotel CarnationOverpassPave The JungleRudie EdwardsScrannabisSpilt MilkSwannekTamzeneTen Eighty TreesThe Gulps, The Michaels, The Strands, TV Death, Uncanny Valley, Vice Killer, Witness Protection Programme, wych elm, ZELA and more. 

Tickets are available now via the following link.

Magnolia Park & Lil’ Lotus Announce UK Tour

Magnolia Park and Lil Lotus have announced a string of UK shows ahead of their appearance at this years Slam Dunk Festival

Support will be coming from SMRTDEATH as well.

Smrthdeath:

So that’s Magnolia Park

And Lil Lotus

And here are the dates for the tour.

June 2022

3rd – Temple Newsam Park, Leeds *SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL*

3rd – Facedown, London

4th – Hatfield Park, Hatfield *SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL*

5th – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham (NO MAGNOLIA PARK)

5th – Rebellion, Manchester

7th – Loft, Southampton

Delilah Bon (Hands Off Gretel) Announces UK Tour

Delilah Bon (Lauren Tate Of Hands Off Gretel’s Alter ego) has announced the details of her first UK for the autumn of 2022.

Bon on her music:

“The music I make is like Cardi B fronting Slipknot,” she explains, “it’s a mesh of all the styles that have influenced me up to now. I flow between two personas – sometimes I’m sweet and sassy; sometimes I’m screaming at you with an axe.”

Bon adds:

“I was touring with my punk band Hands Off Gretel and night after night I was hearing stories from young girls being harassed in the crowd,” Delilah recalls. “When I spoke out online, I was met with resistance, and it infuriated me. I had all these words flowing out of me too fast to write down, so I programmed a beat and started rapping for the first time; it was my motivation during a dark time.”

Check out Delilah Bon’s video for ‘My Family’ below.

Below are the touring dates.

2022

SEPTEMBER

Thu 15 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds

Fri 16 NOTTINGHAM Bodega

Sat 17 NEWCASTLE Cluny 2

Thu 22 LONDON Colours

Fri 23 BRIGHTON Patterns

Sat 24 BRISTOL Exchange

Thu 29 SHEFFIELD Leadmill

Fri 30 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute

OCTOBER

Sat 01 LEEDS Key Club

Thu 06 GLASGOW Nice N Sleazy

Fri 07 LIVERPOOL Arts Club

Tickets are on sale 9AM on Monday 21st 2022 via the following link.

Corey Taylor Announces Solo Band Shows

Corey Taylor has announced that he going to play in the UK for a string of shows, his first solo performances in three years. 

With his band the Morning Dudes, and support coming from the Cherry Bombs, this will be Corey’s first opportunity to play material off his debut solo album ‘CMFT’.

On the announcement Taylor says:

“It’s been too damn long since I’ve been to My Island. I miss my people. And I’m bringing the party with me. Along with my band the Morning Dudes, and Mrs. Taylor and her Bombs, we are going to make up for almost 3 years absence. See you F*@kers soon!!!!”

And Cherry Bombs’ Alicia Taylor had this to say about bringing her ensemble across:

“Crossing the pond to reach our fans in the UK has been a dream for many years, and I am ecstatic to finally have the opportunity! We will be bringing all of the daredevil arts we are known for, as well as kickass music, and a good time for all!”

Taylor will also be a guest at the ‘For The Love Of Horror’ convention on October 22 and 23.

Here are the dates:

17 – LONDON Palladium
19 – HULL Bonus Arena
21 – MANCHESTER BEC Arena *For The Love of Horror Pre-Party*
24 – SWANSEA Arena