Hatfield, Hearts, Uni
27th May 2011
As we arrived at Hatfield university with
the midday sun blazing, we were greeted by the
usual lengthy line of fans waiting to get in,
enjoying the sounds of the "Straight Lines"
and later "Zebrahead" carrying the short
distance from the outside jagermeister/Atticus
Upon entering the festival we were welcomed
by stalls filled with band merchandise clothing
brands such as Honour Over Glory and Atticus,
as well as bar's and food.
Our first stop of the
day was a quick interview with "Motion City
Soundtrack" before wondering inside to the
intimate "Punktastic" stage, a small
room with a bar that was packed with fans waiting
for "Portia Conn & Friends" the
first acoustic set of the day.
We then wondered
outside to the jagermeister/Atticus stage to catch
the beginning of the heavier "Lower Than
Atlantis" set before having to rush off for
another round of interviews, with "The Audition"
With some free time it
was a good chance to wonder around the stalls
and stages catching a bit of "Of Mice &
Men" on the largest indoor "Honour over
Glory" stage and "Canterbury" on
the smaller outdoor "Red Bull Bedroom Jam"
stage. With this being the 3rd year Slam Dunk
South has been held at Hatfield university all
of the management issues from the first year have
been resolved with the addition of a second outside
stage housing some of the bigger acts such as
an incredible set from "The Audition"
involving Danny Stevens entering the crowd and
starting a circle pit. Followed by "Cartel"
and "Mayday Parade". More or the main
acts were moved to the jagermeister/Atticus Stage
including the main headliners "Taking Back
Sunday" as well as "Funeral For A Friend"
and "The Blackout".
One of the other
key changes made from 2010 was moving all of the
stalls to the outside. With the inside comprising
of three floors the downstairs was home to the
smelliest stage the "Sinstar" stage
comprised of a number of DJ sets, as well as the
reasonably sized "Vans Music Stage"
which can be also be seen from a balcony on the
2nd floor featuring bands like "Gallows",
"Capdown" and "Set Your Goals".
By spacing the bands out more Slam Dunk South
was much more peaceful in 2011 and 2012 than its
first year, with enough room to move inside and
out and large enough crowds at any stage, you
could get as involved as you want or have a relaxing
day sat by one of the outside stages having a
few drinks some food and enjoying the sun.
The second floor is home to the main indoor stage
"Honour Over Glory" stage comprising
of two floors and a bar. With Hardcore acts such
as "Cancer Bats", "Every Time I
Die" whom saw a circlepit the entire width
of the floor and fans singing along word for word,
and headlined by the "Architects".
acoustic "Punktastic" comprised of the
rest of the second floor. On the third floor was
the 7th and final stage the Macbeth stage, which
was completely inaccessible 10 minutes into "The
Story So Far" set, with the crowed packed
out about a meter out of the door. The Macbeth
Stage was also home to "Decade", "Transit",
"Hit The Lights" an several other bands.
With all the bands taking place over one day combined
with all the stalls and the relaxed staff, Slam
Dunk has many of the qualities of a day in the
arena at Reading but without the dirt, sleep deprivation
and the added bonus of actual toilets.
ways lacking some of the fun, but a bonus in others.
All in all Slam Dunk is a good festival for pop-punk,
ska and post-hardcore fans looking to have a few
drinks and see a lot of good bands, as well as
maybe discover a few new ones.
At Slam Dunk Festival 2012 - By Neil Oliver
Review By Marc Rich
Video By Neil Oliver
Slam Dunk Festival
Slam Dunk Festival
Hatfield, Hearts Uni
27th May 2011
Taking Back Sunday
Funeral For A Friend
Motion City Soundtrack
Lower Than Atlantis
Honor Over Glory Stage
Every Time I Die
While She Sleeps
Of Mice & Men
The Word Alive
For The Fallen Dreams
I See Stars
Upon A Burning Body
Vans Off The Wall Stage
Set Your Goals
Make Do And Mend
Forever The Sickest Kids
Hit The Lights
The Story So Far
Save Your Breath
Our Time Down Here
Punktastic Acoustic Stage
Into It. Over It.
Portia Conn & Friends