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Here’s Who You Need To See At Slam Dunk Festival 2019
24 May 2019
If you still haven't planned your day at Slam Dunk Festival, here are the bands you simply cannot miss!
If you’re anything like us, you will have planned your day at Hatfield or Leeds months in advance, desperately checking the clashfinder to see who you’d be missing out on. However, if there are gaps in your day let us guide you through some of the jewels in the crown of the line-up for this years Slam Dunk Festival.
Having first graced our ears back in 2014 as lead singer of Australian hardcore punk band Trophy Eyes, John Floreani has maintained a low-key solo acoustic side project, Little Brother. With little more than a smattering of performances on YouTube and a single track on Spotify, J-Flo displayed incredible depth and beauty with his voice and songwriting, providing an outlet for his songs that didn’t quite fit in with the Trophy Eye’s sound. Following on from the 2018 release of American Dream, Trophy Eye’s critically acclaimed third album, John’s eyes and ears have been focused in on his now eponymous solo career. With his debut album out in July and having released Echoes last month and the painfully personal Oh Brother just last week, John Floreani’s set on the acoustic stage is one you will not want to miss.
John Floreani plays the Acoustic Stage 12:25 - 12:45.
Tigers Jaw have progressed tremendously over the course of their career, going from strength to strength with each record and are now cemented as one of greats in the emo/punk scene. Since putting themselves firmly on the map with their sophomore self titled record, Tigers Jaw haven’t put a foot wrong in becoming legends of the emo scene. We’re looking forward to hearing all the hits from their impressive discography, but most of all our favourite, their latest release, spin (2017) which is laced with belters such as Follows, June, Guardian and Window.
Tigers Jaw hit the Dickies Stage from 14:40 - 15:20.
For fans of hardcore, Touché Amore are one of those bands that you just have to see perform live in your lifetime. They pour every ounce of emotion and energy into everything they do that you just know they will not disappoint. We were lucky enough to be front and centre for their set at last year’s 2000 Trees festival and we went away in absolute awe of this band (more so than we already were). Their latest release, a live album celebrating 10 years and 1000 shows of this incredible band is testament to everything they have achieved and all they stand for as musicians; hard work and pure passion. Frontman Jeremy Bolm, with his poignant vocal delivery and genius lyricism, will take you on a moving journey that can only be achieved by Touché Amore. Be sure to check out Stage Four (2016), an immensely powerful and touching album that speaks for itself.
Touché Amore play the Dickies Stage from 18:40 - 19:20.
Tiny Moving Parts
Another band the emo heads will enjoy, three piece Tiny Moving Parts are seasoned professionals in this genre and have snowballed into an outstanding force. Ten years on since their debut record, making their way up through the esteemed Midwest emo scene, they unleashed Swell (2018) into the world that has arguably some of their best work to date on. Lead by Dylan Mattheisen, renowned for his intricate Midwest/math rock guitar playing and thunderous vocals, Tiny Moving Parts are a band we’re very much looking forward to seeing.
Tiny Moving Parts will be playing from 13:25 - 14:00 on the Dickies Stage.
Kentucky natives, Knocked Loose, are the jewel in the crown of the hardcore punk bands playing this years’ Slam Dunk festival. Ramping up to the release of their just-announced sophomore album, ‘A Different Shade Of Blue’, expect to hear brutal new tracks ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’ and ’...And Still I Wander South’. If you want to lose your shoes in a mosh pit, or get headbang-induced whiplash, Knocked Loose are the band for you.
Knocked Loose will be playing from 13:00-13:35 on the Impericaon Stage
Alternative Indie newcomer Lizzy Farrall, who hails from Chester in dear old blighty, brings her unique mash-up of broken bubblegum pop and emo to Slam Dunk this year. Having recently signed to Pure Noise, Lizzy has two EPs and a couple of singles to her name already. Her latest release, Barbados, is a funky blend of alternative pop and indie dance which places her as one of the brightest prospects the UK music scene has to offer. Lizzy is currently supporting Lights on her UK Tour and is playing Thekla, Bristol on the 27th and King Tuts, Galsgow on the 28th.
You can catch Lizzy’s set at 14:25 - 14:45 on the Acoustic Stage
If you enjoy Tiger’s Jaw and Tiny Moving Parts’ sets earlier on in the day, you’re not going to want to miss Microwave. Having last graced these shores supporting Boston Manor on their UK tour in 2018, Microwave bring their raspy emo/post-hardcore back to UK for a late afternoon set at Slam Dunk. With the release of their last full-length, Much Love, coming in 2016 we’re overdue new music from the Microwave boys which make this set one not to miss.
Microwave will be playing from 17:45 - 18:15 on the The Key Club Stage.