Slam Dunk Festival 2019 – Acts not to miss!

Slam Dunk Festival 2019 – Acts not to miss!

Slam Dunk Festival is back and ready to go! The festival has had some incredible updates and it’s set to be the best Slam Dunk Festival to date. With a new site and plenty of bands on the list to work through we thought we would give you the heads up on who you should check out over the bank holiday weekend!


Alt/pop artist Lights is bringing her fourth studio album Skin&Earth to the UK for the first time, and Slam Dunk is the perfect opportunity to check out her set. With only a few shows aside Slam Dunk in the UK lined up it’s no surprise they are sold out. Skin&Earth is the Canadian singer/songwriter’s most ambitious project yet, and went on to win her second consecutive JUNO Award, for Pop Album of the Year. Following the release of deadmau5 collab, Drama Free, which also features on Netflix film Polar. It has also just been announced that Lights will be heading out with deadmau5, as a featured guest on his U.S tour this Autumn.


With all the momentum possible going into Slam Dunk, Employed To Serve will be riding the highs of releasing their triumphant and stunning new album, Eternal Forward Motion. The self described “Nasty Hardcore” outfit are set to decimate the Key Club stage. With monster new anthems such as Force Fed, Harsh Truth, and Eternal Forward Motion almost certain to be in the set, prepare for monstrous riffs, brutal vocals and disgustingly heavy songs. Trust us when we say that if ETS continue to release albums like this, you’ll have bragging rights for when they inevitably headline this festival.


Nice and early on the ‘Dickies Stage’ you’ll find punk quartet Milk Teeth kicking up a fuss to get you in the mood. It’ll be a bitesize set but more than enough to have you bouncing and raring to go for the rest of the day with some belters like ‘Owning Your Okayness’ and the recent ‘Stain’.

Milk Teeth say;
“Back once again with the ill behaviour. Milk three take on Slam Dunk! We are super excited to be part of an amazing line-up. See you there”


There are 3 things that are certain in life. Death, taxes, and Cancer Bats being the best party band ever. A Cancer Bats show is a religious experience to some, as people travel far across the land to hear the hymns of Hail Destroyer, Pneumonia Hawk, and Bricks & Mortar live (I mean, at least I have before…). Releasing their seventh album, ‘The Spark That Moves’, by surprise last year, they reaffirmed that they’re one of the most criminally underrated bands of the past decade. The Canadian four-piece will without a doubt give you the early evening kick you need to carry you through to the end!


Fresh from storming across the UK’s monumental arenas with Don Broco, Neck Deep stand as one of the biggest British pop-punk bands of the 21st century. Their unapologetic twist on such a celebrated and classic sound has cemented their place as prominent movers and shakers of the scene. The Hopeless Records’ act kicked off their global tour of The Peace and The Panic at Slam Dunk Festival back in 2017 and they are returning full circle in 2019 to close the tour before they go away to start on their new album. Don’t miss them before they go into hiding!


Opening the Impericon Stage with a boogie to end all boogie’s, ANGEL DUST bring their infectious Punk/Hardcore sensibilities to Slam Dunk. After releasing AOTY contender, ‘Pretty Buff’ earlier this year, you can’t help but dance and move to songs such as Bang My Drum, Big Ass Love, and the slightly heavier, Toxic Boombox. Simply put, this is the ONLY way to start your day and frankly, any festival possible.


Making their SD debut on the ‘Punk in Drublic’ stage, are legendary Punk outfit, Bad Religion. With a career spanning nearly 40 years, 17 studio albums, and decades of touring experience, you’re guaranteed plug in and play, loud, fast punk, but with more melody than you can shake a stick at. How it should be done. With a huge, one hour slot, don’t be surprised to see classics such as You, 21st Century (Digital Boy), and Fuck You, crammed amongst at least a 20 song strong set.


With last year’s release of their ninth studio album ‘Makes Me Sick’, New Found Glory are more than equipped to tear through a sub headline set on the main stage at Slam Dunk Festival this year. The Florida Pop Punk quartet will have everyone flooding out into the sun singing and moshing to their favourite pop punk bangers over the past 20 years, and if we’re lucky even a few covers from their latest ‘From The Screen To Your Stereo’ movie covers album. They owned the day the last time they played Slam Dunk in 2016, So do yourself a favour and don’t miss them this year!


Knocked Loose are arguably one of the biggest success’s from the Hardcore world in a long time. After touring the hugely successful 2016 album, ‘Laugh Tracks’, the band are effectively grizzled veterans with their experience and are guaranteed to put on a show lift for a headline act. And, if their new single, ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’ is anything to go by, we’re in for a HEAVY start to the day.


It’s the first time All Time Low have returned to Slam Dunk Festival since headlining in 2013 and a lot has changed since then. Both Slam Dunk & All Time Low have grown rapidly over the past six years and it falls to the Baltimore boys to deliver a headline set to remember for SDF’s biggest year so far. It’s worth noting it’s 10 years since the release of their hit album ‘Nothing Personal’ which threw them into the stratosphere with hits like ‘Weightless’ and ‘Lost in Stereo’, so could we see a special set in its honour? One things for sure All Time Low always know how to put on an incredible live show and are full of fun from start to finish, so we for one will be catching them close out the day!

A Loss For Words, All Time Low, As It Is, Angel Du$t, Anti-Flag, Atreyu, Bad Religion, Between Me & You, Boston Manor, Bullet For My Valentine, Cancer Bats, Chas Palmer-Williams, Cruel Hand, Employed To Serve, Gallows, Glassjaw, Grandson, Hellogoodbye, Hot Milk, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, John Floreani, Justin Pierre, Knocked Loose, Kublai Khan, Lagwagon, Less Than Jake, Liam Cromby, Lights, Lizzy Farrall, Mad Caddies, Microwave, Millencolin, Milk Teeth, Modestep, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, NOFX, Our Hollow Our Home, Pagan, Plain White T’s, Press To Meco, Real Friends, Rob Lynch, Saves The Day, Seaway, SHVPES, Silverstein, Simple Plan, Story Of The Year, Story Untold, The Bombpops, The Bronx, The Get Up Kids, The Interrupters, The Menzingers, The Plot In You, The Word Alive, Tek One, Tigers Jaw, TiLLie, Tiny Moving Parts, Touche Amore, Trophy Eyes, Turnstile, Wage War, Wallflower, Waterparks, WSTR.

Festival tickets and afterparty tickets on sale now and are available from

Ticket Price £59. Afterparty tickets sold separately. All subject to booking fees.

Afterparty tickets are on sale separately from the main festival tickets. Slam Dunk Festival North afterparty is at Leeds University Union. At Slam Dunk South, there are 2 after parties, one at The Forum (former festival site) and one in Central London at O2 Islington Academy.

Pre-party tickets are on sale separately at the links below.
South –
North –

Festival gates and wristband exchanges will be open from 9am.
Main Arena open from 11am, with first acts on from 11.45am.
All acts will be finished by 10pm, with a 11pm festival curfew.

Tickets for car parking, coaches from other cities and shuttle busses are available from

Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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