On Wednesday, the second wave of bands were announced for this years Slam Dunk festival. Mallory Knox, The Starting Line, The Story So Far, Set Your Goals, Zebrahead, Capdown, We Came As Romans and Miss May I were the new bands added to the bill. These all join Panic At The Disco, Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory & Every Time I Die.
As expected, the announcement seemed to divide opinion. But, you can't please everyone, and it seems to me that the organisers are trying to celebrate reaching their 10th anniversary by putting on a rose-tinted retrospective of all the bands that have played the festival over the years. There are still plenty of bands to announce yet, so surely there will be something for most people. I was particularly impressed with the ‘Hardcore’ stage last year that saw the likes of Bane, Comeback Kid, Trash Talk and Stick To Your Guns all play blinding sets.
And at the end of the day, Slam Dunk is a great festival because it is loads of fun, particularly the Northern leg in Leeds city centre. Even if there are only a couple of bands that you want to see, it's still a great party! So far, I'm only really interested in seeing Every Time I Die, but after a few pints I'm sure the idea of seeing Panic At The Disco will seem like the best thing ever!
Tickets are already on sale for all three legs of Slam Dunk 2016 here