• Charlotte Claber

Turn It Up Louder's Guide To Slam Dunk

As Coachella kicks off the festival season, Britain’s shot at live music events kicks off very soon! One of these is the Slam Dunk festival, taking place May 27th, 28th, and 29th in 3 locations; Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, Leeds City Centre and Hatfield Forum.

One of the best things about festivals is not only seeing your favourites, but also some new faces and sounds as well! So, if you’re one of the people who’s got your tickets already, or are thinking about going, this will be a helpful guide with whom to see.

Enter Shikari

Surely needing no introduction, Enter Shikari are the headliner not to miss but in case you’ve been sleeping: This is actually in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Take to the Skies, their debut album. This, including the group’s other fantastic albums, creates a setlist that you won’t want to miss!

Don Broco

Another Jagermeister Stage band, this 4 piece Bedford group are ones to watch this festival. Since 2008, these guys have worked on 3 EPs and 2 studio albums, and have supported bands like 5 Seconds of Summer, and Bring Me The Horizon. It looks to be an exciting performance that you’ll need to schedule into your day.

Mad Caddies

The Fireball Stage are going to welcome ska band, Mad Caddies in May. Two decades under their belt with 2 EPs, and 6 studio albums, these 7 musicians will be making a setlist that is sure to make the festival that more memorable. The Mad Caddies dabble with so many genres that their set is one guaranteed to ensure enjoyment all round!

The Maine

Featuring on the MONSTER Energy Stage, this 5-piece band from Arizona are sure to excite the many people attending the festival in May. After 6 studio albums, and co-headlining with Mayday Parade twice, it’ll be interesting to see what these guys have in store for their performances in May. Coming up to their tenth anniversary as a band, The Maine are a band that promise you will be on your feet!

With Confidence

Make your way to The Key Club Stage to see this pop punk quartet from Down Under! After 2 EPs, their debut album in 2016, and touring with Motion City Soundtrack, 5 Seconds of Summer, As It Is, and State Champs, just to name a few, be sure to check these guys out at one of their first festival shows! After many sell out shows at the start of the year, With Confidence make a smashing return to the UK!

Milk Teeth

On the Signature Stage, this Gloucestershire band will be one of the highlights of the day. After their recent tour through the UK and Europe with Creeper, Milk Teeth proved they as a band are stronger than ever! Another guaranteed crowd pleaser with hits like Brain Food, Swear Jar and Kabuki! You’ll regret not seeing these guys.


Like Milk Teeth, they’ve just finished their tour with Creeper, as well as performing on the Signature Stage. Although only an EP out, their recent tour showed that they know how to perform, and should be ones to look out for once you enter the festival. Unlike the name, this band aren’t soft in the slightest!


On the Impericon Stage, you’ll find this London band, and their setlist consisting of songs from their 3 EPs and debut album, that was only released this year, but is still worth listening to. Whilst their lead singer might look…familiar…don’t let that overshadow the other fantastic members in the band, and it’ll be worth to see all of these members showing their talent to everyone in the festival this year.


Another one on the Impericon Stage, these Birmingham lads have had a strange, yet exciting year, and it only seems to get better for these guys. From supporting alongside Asking Alexandria, to touring with Press to Meco, to the release of their debut album last year, these guys don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down, so catch them at the festival this year before you seriously regret!


Arriving on this year’s RockSound Breakout stage, if their debut album is anything to go from, this is a band you should seriously catch live. Whilst small, this quartet seem on the cusp of something huge, and should be recommended to join the ride now whilst you can.


Hailing from Queens, NY, Sylar are making their UK debut at Slam Dunk 2017! 2015 saw them join Hopeless and later release their LP ‘Help’. Lead single ‘Assume’ gained praise from the scene worldwide but the band grew quickly in the states. A much anticipated set of shows for any metalcore fans, and having previously worked with Caleb Shomo this band have so much along the way for them!


Second year running for WSTR, they’re no strangers to the festival and potentially one of Turn It Up Louder’s favourite sets of the day! With songs like ‘Lonely Smiles’ and ‘Footprints’ (which features clips from the previous years festival) they promise to have the liveliest set of the day. With a great on stage persona, the Liverpool quintet constantly deliver one hell of a show!