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TicketWeb @ Slam Dunk Festival 2016

Slam Dunk Festival is officially ten years old! What started as a one day celebration of punk, pop-punk, emo, hardcore and anything in between in Leeds city centre is now a fully grown up 3-day festival, touring the country across the May bank holiday weekend.  It is also bloody good fun. It’s not a festival that takes itself too seriously, and the heady mix of nostalgia (Yellowcard playing Ocean Avenue in full) and the focus on upcoming UK talent (we’re looking at you, New Blood Stage) make it a much anticipated weekend in the festival calendar.

We went along to the final date in Hatfield on Monday. Here are the best things we saw!

Moose Blood look at ease on the main stage

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The Canterbury rockers kicked off the day on the main stage and did not disappoint. A big crowd gathered early to catch their set, and they looked unfazed in front of such a large audience. A band to keep an eye on for sure.

ROAM get the people going

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A band I’ve never seen before, ROAM shocked me at how much energy they have. Frontman Alex bounced all over stage and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. ROAM win the accolade of having the biggest circle pit of the day.

Ocean Avenue is a pop-punk classic

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Playing a full album to a festival crowd is a risk. Luckily for Yellowcard, their seminal record Ocean Avenue is filled with mega-tunes. The title track is the standout of the set.

The Starting Line are having a blast

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It’s a joyous thing to watch a band that are just having fun doing what they’re doing. A product of the much respected Drive Thru Records days, The Starting Line rocked The Key Club stage with crowd pleaser “The Best Of Me” providing a massive sing-along moment.

New Found Glory

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Now entering their 20th year as a band, NFG have pretty much seen and done it all. You can tell they’ve played thousands of shows and their experience is there for all to see in a hit-laden set. Time to call it a day? Unlikely judging by how much they and their fans enjoyed their main-stage performance.

Panic! At The Disco prove their headliner status

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Can Panic! At The Disco headline festivals? Based on the evidence on the main stage the answer would be a resounding yes! “Nine in the Afternoon” and “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” were highlights of the closing set of the weekend.

Roll on Slam Dunk 2017!

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