Slam Dunk South: Trident Media’s Top 12 Bands

[Kealie Mardell & Shelby Loasby]

Slam Dunk Festival made a triumphant return to The Forum Hertfordshire, living up to its promise to be bigger and better than ever before. Seven stages spanned across the site, including the Forum Auditorium, The Attic, and three outdoor stages.

After a successful day at Leeds, Slam Dunk made its way to Hatfield on Sunday 24th May, before taking to Wolverhampton to finish off its Bank Holiday weekend tour.

Slam Dunk South was the first site to sell out, for both the day festival and highly anticipated after party. With tickets in hands, fans were queuing on site over three hours before the gates opened in an attempt to guarantee prime spots at the front of the stage.

Our team from Trident Media were lucky enough to gain coverage of the event, and we’re proud to present our top 12 bands of the day. It would be impossible to rate these in an order of preference, so we’ve gone with the order they performed!

1) The Color Morale

Kicking things off on the Monster stage, located in the outside piazza, we had American hardcore-rockers; The Color Morale. Setting the tone for the stage early on, they opened up a worthy circle pit to ‘Prey for Me’ along with other hits from their fourth album Hold On Pain Ends. They closed their set with ‘Strange Comfort’ from their 2013 release Know Hope. Slam Dunk is their final UK performance before taking to mainland Europe with Scream Your Name and Ash is a Robot.

Monster Stage - The Color Morale  Credit: Bill Ahmed

Monster Stage – The Color Morale Credit: Bill Ahmed

2) Beartooth

Sticking with the Monster stage special guests Beartooth took to the stage and drew in an impressive crowd with their metalcore prowess. Going all out in spite of their early set time it was easy to see where the allegiances of the Slam Dunk fans lie. Beartooth have been touring with fellow Slam Dunk-ers The Color Moral and Dead Harts, and will soon be making their Download Festival debut.

Monster Stage - Beartooth Credit: Bill Ahmed

Monster Stage – Beartooth Credit: Bill Ahmed

3) Deez Nuts

We can truthfully say that the name of this band drew us to the Impericon stage (located within the refectory). Alongside the newcomers there were clearly plenty of devoted fans in the crowd, judging from the eager screams singing back to the band. Whilst not the heaviest set of the day, Deez Nuts managed to get some movement going and put on a performance that could definitely convince you to go looking for more Nuts.

Impericon Stage - Deez Nuts Credit: Bill Ahmed

Impericon Stage – Deez Nuts Credit: Bill Ahmed

4) Lightyear

Slam Dunk is one of the few festivals that promise a mix of rock, metal, punk and ska, which might seem like an interesting combination, but they did just this with the Desperados stage in the Forum Auditorium. Boasting headliners Reel Big Fish and other ska-punk stars, we headed inside for 7-piece British ska band Lightyear. While the most memorable part of their performance is probably the hand-drawn penis flashing across the backdrop, they also proved that ska is still going strong and got in an endearing shout out to the singer’s mum who was seen dancing away at the back of the crowd.

Desperados Stage - Lightyear Credit: Bill Ahmed