LIVE: SLAM DUNK 2016

Okay, so Slam Dunk is over now (until next year anyway) and although many people complained about the queues and stuff this year, it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a round up of all the bands I managed to catch at the North date in Leeds.

MOOSE BLOOD (3/5) After seeing Moose Blood play the Key Club, one of Leeds tiniest venues, it was quite a surreal moment catching them on the main stage little over a year later. It’s amazing seeing what the lads have achieved in such a short space of time and you could tell that they were really humbled to be up there. However, after the super-long soundcheck they only ended up playing a 20 minute set which started with their latest track Honey and whilst Eddy’s vocals were tighter than ever, the band really lacked any sort of stage presence. If you wanna see them, then go to one of their more intimate shows.

BOSTON MANOR (5/5) The fact that Boston Manor were shoehorned into possibly the smallest corner of Beckett’s union, on the Fresh Blood stage, for their gig only made the it a hundred times better: It was sweaty, high energy, intimate and the room was completely packed out. Dan, their lead vocalist, really knew how to work the crowd and had literally everyone in the room shouting along. It was insane! Definitely the highlight of the entire thing! They also performed a new track of their album which is set of release this September.

GNARWOLVES (4.5/5) Okay, so stumbling in on this one was kind of a happy accident. Although I only managed to catch a couple of songs, these guys absolutely blew me away. The chemistry between the band and their massive crowd was amazing to watch. Going into Slam Dunk I wasn’t a massive fan of Gnarwolves but they’ve totally converted me. If you get the opportunity to see them live then jump on it.

ZEBRAHEAD (3.75/5) Utterly bizarre. Zebrahead win the award for most surprising act of the day, without a doubt. Even if your’re not a massive fan of their music, they still manage to get you up on your feet jumping along with everybody else. Plus they were joined on stage by Pikachu! What more could you want!

NEW FOUND GLORY (2.5/5) Whilst New Found Glory inviting them up on stage to sing along one of their songs may have made some fan’s day, it came off as kinda corny to us bystanders. It’s obvious they aren’t at the peak of their career, it was still great to see some real pop punk legends in the flesh and the turnout for their set proves just how much of an influence they’ve had on the music community of the years.

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