This post is one of the plenty of other Slam Dunk South related posts coming up on the site shortly by other people too.
I headed out to Hatfield, England to the second stop of the 3 days long Slam Dunk festival yesterday and it was awesome.
Having trees in front of the stage was quite unsual but it provided a great opportunity for circle pits.
The Summer Set opened the day on the Maine Stage. I was totally amazed of the band. I only knew one song ‘Boomerang‘ by them before but seeing them live made me want to hear more. The catchy tunes were perfect for a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoo hang outs and great choice to kick off the festival.
I ran into some awesome people during TSS too. We had a big Buzznet-meeting! Amy, Kate and Ed all showed up for a chat and posing for photos. The photo is from Buzznet`s Instagram.
Next up I saw Transit at the Machbeth Stage, hung around the venue during Tonight Alive until Mallory Knox came on stage. The British guys were amazing and no wonder they are one of the best up and coming artists this year.
Pierce The Veil brought great energy, confetti and guest appearences in the person of Jenna McDougall (Tonight Alive) and Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) on stage. Honestly, I`m happy that We Are The Ocean pulled out of the event otherwise PTV would have clashed with All Time Low and I would have missed out on them.
Sleeping With Sirens don`t belong to my personal favourites but ‘Do It Now, Remember It Later‘ stuck in my head (still at this moment as I`m writing this) so they must have done something great.
I left early from SWS to see fellow Buzzmaker – he should have been on that photo too – William Beckett (The Academy Is…) at Keep A Breast`s acoustic stage. This festival was his first time back in the UK as a solo artist. I was looking forward seeing him because his new songs are amazing. The performance was my second favourite of the day and I`m in love…but shhh! Andrew McMahon (Jack`s Mannequin), the acoustic headliner also made a quest appearance.
When I went back to the Main Stage, Kids In Glass Houses were already playing but I loved the rest of their show. The new single ‘Drive‘ sounds great live. I just wish they`ve played ‘Diamond Days‘ too because that`s my favourite song from them.
The last act before the headliner was Deaf Havana who opened with a spectacular but unexpected cover of Robbie Willams`’Let Me Entertain You‘ and I believe there was an other cover too but I forgot which one. Of course they`ve played own songs too and although leadsinger James Veck-Gilodi could hardly speak/sing due to illness they have managed to play the set and entertain every single person in the crowd.
And finally, All Time Low! I don`t have much to say…the show was perfect as always. Seriously they are funniest entertainers outthere and I just can`t get enough of them. The crowd was insane, I could hardly see them though (everyone seemed to be taller than me) but I`ve had the time of my life once again. They even made up their “first hit song” ‘Dave`s got a broken arm’ which surprisingly sounded good, haha! At one point, just as other artists did recently, Alex Gaskarth also asked the audience to put away every electronic devices to have a real live experience. I`m pretty sure everyone did it and it was better not seeing phones/cameras all around. There is no proper ATL show without the lighting which was awesome.
After the shows, friends and I went to the afterparty but that wasn`t as exciting as the day.
Stage times and Jack`s guitar pick.
Wristband aka. my bracelet for the upcoming few weeks.
Make sure to visit Amy and Ed`s blog for their perspectives and Kate`s blog for awesome photos!
Thank you Slam Dunk Festival for an amazing time and hopefully see you next year!