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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Check Out What The Summer Set X Chrissy Costanza Sounds Like With ‘Teenagers’

This is the collaboration you’ve been waiting for!

In addition to announcing a new record, The Summer Set have celebrated the news with the release of a new song, the existentially nostalgic ‘Teenagers’ which features Against The Current’s Chrissy Costanza.

‘Blossom’, the bands upcoming new record which is the first of two parts is set to be released on September 9th 2022.

Check out the track, ‘Teenagers’ below.

The Summer Set Announce UK Headlining Shows

Co co-inside with their appearance at this years Slam Dunk Festival, The Summer Set have announced they’re set to play a few headlining shows.

Here are the headlining dates:

June 2022

1st – Asylum, Birmingham

2nd – G2, Glasgow

5th – Joiners, Southampton

Tickets are available via the following link.

The Summer Set Release New Track, ‘Back Together’

The Summer Set have dropped their second track since their reunion this summer and it’s emotional af.

‘Back Together’ recounts the fallout and fall in of the last few years of the band’s lives, and how they ended up together again.

A beautiful and soft track which takes the bands raw material and runs with it in a way you need to be listening to right now.

You can check it out below, alongside a video brimming with nostalgia:

The Summer Set Announce Indefinate Hiatus

The Summer Set have announced their status as a band. They’ve been off the radar for a while but have now finally told fans what’s happened. Here’s what they posted.

“We know that many of you have been wondering what has been going on with The Summer Set for some time now,”.

“We sincerely appreciate the concern, and thank you for your patience while we have taken the time to figure that out ourselves.”

“When we first started this band, our goals were simple: to make music, buy a fifteen-passenger van, and play shows anywhere we possibly could.”

“Over the years, we were fortunate enough [to] watch it grow. Shows got bigger, fans turned into friends, and together, we built something that we could have never imagined. For that, we are truly grateful.”

“Sadly, a decision has been made, and The Summer set will be going on hiatus indefinitely.”

“Over the last year, Brian has decided to leave the band in order to pursue his own aspirations. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

“We cannot thank you enough for the gift you have given us over the past ten years. This has been the adventure of a lifetime, and it is all because of you.”

“Thank you for letting us into your lives. Thank you for making our dreams come true. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

 

The Summer Set Have “No Plans To Tour Or Make Music”

All has been quiet on The Summer Set’s front for a while now but since vocalist Brian Dales launched a solo project, fans have been wondering what is happening with The Summer Set.

When asked is the band is still “a thing”, he clarified this in a tweet which he put “as of right now, not really”.

The tweet has since then been taken down but hopefully, this won’t mean an end for the band. They broke up briefly before they made their fourth album, “Stories For Monday” back in 2016.

No official word has been posted about whether the band will continue as of yet.

Here’s a track from the Stories For Monday:

Summer Set Release ‘ Jean Jacket ‘ Music Video

The Summer Set have made some very interesting and different music videos in their time of being in a band but their latest takes them even further down the spectrum. In their latest, they ram a whole film in five minutes.

Here’s the video for Jean Jacket: