Slam Dunk Preview
Slam Dunk have announced the final line up poster with all the stage splits for this year’s festival and here is the low down on each of the headliners for all the 8 stages.
Enter Shikari are tearing up the main Jägermeister stage, in celebrating their debut album ‘Take To The Skies’ turning ten years old this year. The band are set to give festival goers a phenomenal show to remember; they have an established reputation as a high energy, heavy and brilliantly interactive stage presence at their shows. For those of you who are wondering what style of music to expect they take elements from post-hardcore, electronicore and alternative/experimental rock; while the band themselves state that they have been “abusing music’s worthless genre boundaries since 2003”. When asked about this year’s festival vocalist Rou, has said: “Slam Dunk is a festival that we’ve been attending from the very start! It’s grown into one of the most important festivals in alternative music, and it will be an absolute honour to headline it in 2017.”
The Fireball Stage will be headlined by pop punkers Bowling For Soup. The band are coming off the back of the headline “Drunk Dynasty” US tour named after the title of their most recent album. They originally reached alternative stardom with their hit singles ‘Girl All the Bad Guys Want’, ‘1985’, and ‘High School Never Ends’ so be prepared for some early noughties punk rock nostalgia.
Pop punk’s Neck Deep will be headlining the Monster Energy Stage, their singer Ben has been nominated for Best Vocalist at this year’s Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fuelled by Monster Energy! The band have an action-packed summer of touring, first in Australia from May 12th – 19th and then a mammoth US tour throughout June until August. Their new album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’ is out now so check it out to see what they have in store.
Australian rockers Tonight Alive, led by Jenna’s powerhouse vocals, are set to be headlining The Key Club Stage. Rock Sound have described their latest album ‘Limitless’ as: “taking a wrecking ball to their pop-punk roots and moving on, TA have embraced electronics, soaring arena-rock and a ’90s pop sensibility only hinted at on previous records. At times, they sound like an entirely different band.” The album also has just been nominated for Album of the year 2017 in the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards fuelled by Monster Energy! If you want a taste of their most recent music, their new single ‘World Away’ is out now.
This year Signature Brew Stage will be headlined by the American punk rock band Against Me! Singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace formed the band in 1997, and she was recently named by Kerrang! as their 2017 Greatest Rock Star in World! The band has just announced their North American Fall Headline tour of 38 shows in September and October, with Bleached and The Dirty Nil, tickets are going on sale on May 12th.
Memphis May Fire are bringing their carefully crafted take on metalcore to headline the Impericon Stage. The band describe their music as “the sound of hope and compassion”. Their latest album ‘This Light I Hold’ was released late last year; and the music video for the feature track was nominated for the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards fuelled by Monster Energy.
Ocean Grove, one of the most in demand acts on Australian Stages, are headlining the Rock Sound Breakout Stage. Their debut album ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’ was released this year and demonstrates their own invented genre of music called “Odd World Music”. The band describe Odd World Music as “a space where what is real and what is perceived to be real blend together, a creation of six united misfits to explain the experience of being Ocean Grove”.