This years Slam Dunk Festival was packed full of amazing acts with the main head-liner being You Me At Six and I was in Leeds to join the action. Although with there being seven stages it was hard to catch every incredible act I wanted to see.
I arrived at the main stage for the first act of the day, the talented ‘Set It Off’ as they performed their hit song ‘Why Worry’ to an enthusiastic audience mixed with hardcore and new-found fans. Their set made a good start to the festival, as the audience got warmed up by dancing and singing along to their songs. What a great way to start the day!
On the main stage next was ‘Pvris’, it was their first festival in the UK so they put their all into their set with ‘Smoke’ and ‘Mirrors’ being stand out tracks. We then headed over to see ‘ROAM’ perform on the Macbeth stage, with their 90’s esque punk rock sound and armed with songs such as ‘Over Your Head’ they had the crowd energised and ready to rock.
I got to the New Blood stage in time to see ‘Fort Hope’ who put in an extreme effort into their set with songs like ‘Crosses’ and ‘New Life’. I can see them making it to the main stage in the near future. I then made sure I caught ‘Lower Than Atlantis’ on the main stage. The crowd loved every minute of their set, but were especially engaged when the band played ‘English Kids in America’ and the whole area sung the song back at them instantly.
I decided to stay at the main stage to watch ‘Don Broco’ and with the crowd thoroughly warmed up from the previous acts they took part in every song in the whole set, even starting a mosh pit that everyone got involved in. As the festival was coming to a close the penultimate act ‘Taking Back Sunday’ took their place and performed a flawless set of songs such as ‘MakeDamnSure’ and ‘Liar’ and I was left wondering how ‘You Me At Six’ we’re going to top it.
But sure enough as soon as ‘You Me At Six’ hit the stage, the crowd went mental and with everyone singing so loudly sometimes it was hard to hear the band perform hit singles like ‘Underdog’ and “The Consequence” in between which lead singer, Josh Franceschi asked the crowd for “fucking mayhem” and they sure delivered. I had a blast at Slam Dunk North 2015 and I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring.
Words by Alexandra Watt