Slam Dunk Festival – South, Hatfield Park – LIVE REVIEW

Lower Than Atlantis, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

We’ve been waiting all year long and we’re finally here. Festival Season is upon us, is suspiciously sunny out, and Slam Dunk South 2018 is a go.

For eight years Slam Dunk South’s home has been the campus of Hertfordshire University. The site definitely had its plus points not least of which was the distinct lack of grass, or mud more specifically.

Whilst Hertfordshire Uni’s intimate nature has felt special in previous years it inevitably led to capacity and health and safety issues, so this year the festival relocated to the much roomier Hatfield Park.

Overlapping stage sounds aside, the site change was an improvement and luckily the Bank Holiday weekend was a gloriously sunny one so mud issues were avoided.

In true Slam Dunk style, all seven stages homed their own sub-genre of rock music but the genre lines were certainly much more blurred this year then they have been previously, causing utter clash carnage, so we chose a stage and we stuck to it.

Curating this line up was far from easy with Thursday, Real Friends and Set Your Goals all dropping out soon after their names were added to the poster. But that didn’t mean that the festival was without it’s typically exclusive performances.

The Audition, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Chicago’s The Audition have been absent from UK shores for some time, making sporadic appearances online and hinting at new music here and there. Slam Dunk marked their gloriously sassy return to the British stage where they reminded us just how much they’ve been missed.

Frontman Danny Stevens not only gave one of the best vocal performances of the day but did it with the sort of dance moves and hand movements that TSwift could only dream of.

The Audition also appear to be wizards of some form because as they blasted into Make It Rain – it rained.

Creeper, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Over on the other main stage Creeper were giving the theatrically perfect set that their huge fan base has come to expect and adore but today keyboardist Hannah Greenwood took to the front of the stage.

As one of a very, very, very small number of women on this year’s Slam Dunk line up, Greenwood was waving the flag for girls everywhere whilst singing a ballad that needs lungs built for belting – Crickets.

Moose Blood, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

When Slam Dunk, and literally everybody else who has booked them this year, announced that Moose Blood had a place on their line up, the internet was more than a little furious.

Vocalist Eddy Brewerton has been accused of stealing photographs from a woman’s phone and sharing them on the band’s WhatsApp group.

Many, many, Twitter users have expressed their feelings that until that issue is entirely resolved the band should lay dormant. The band have entirely ignored this.

All things considered, it’s an incredibly brave move and one that in the real world looks like it’s paying off for them. As they took to the stage today the crowd exploded into applause of loyalty and support. Their set was a very humble one with minimal crowd interaction and a subdued feel but the fans picked up the energy.

Lower Than Atlantis, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

That restrained ambience was utterly annihilated when Hertfordshire locals, Lower Than Atlantis, took complete ownership of the stage.

Maybe we’ll never know what’s happened behind the scenes recently, but Lower Than Atlantis are an entirely new band. Their laddish nature is still very much evident but it’s overshadowed by a reckless, pure rock ‘n’ roll, live performance.

Mirroring their recent UK tour, vocalist Mike Duce pounced into the crowd at multiple opportunities, pulled Sleeping With Siren’s Kellin Quinn on stage to chug a beer and cracked up at every single crowd surfer he saw before he finally limped off of the stage.

Once some of the best British acts of our time had shown everybody else how it’s done – the American big boys landed.

Taking Back Sunday, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Taking Back Sunday are one of the most iconic bands of the past decade and potentially one of the best choices for Slam Dunk Festival.

Through Cute with the E, MakeDamnSure and A Decade Under The Influence all of the trademark Taking Back Sunday moves were there.

Adam Lazarra still spins that mic chord round his neck and whilst 2002 was a really long time ago he is just as mesmerising as he has always been, now with added tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.

Jimmy Eat World, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield Park, 27.05.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Festival headliners should have made a huge impression on the music industry over a long and established career. Nobody fits that criteria better than Jimmy Eat World.

Formed in 1993 Jimmy Eat World have released nine studio albums and influenced countless bands that followed – most of whom are playing this festival today.

Their set was an hour a half journey through their discography showcasing the far reaches of their music. The inspiring, the depressing, the instrumental masterpieces, the lyrical triumphs – they were all there.

Fittingly, their staging was much more restrained than that of Good Charlotte’s who were shooting streamers over on the other main stage. Jimmy Eat World don’t need any of those gimmicks. Their down to earth style has always been one of their selling points.

The piece of art that is Bleed American was front and centre in tonight’s set which opened with the title track and then A Praise Chorus before blasting through 25 years worth of defining records.

Whilst they wrapped up with Sweetness and The Middle the crowd were arguably louder than the band. That’s no surprise. These are two of the most recognisable, iconic, records ever made and everybody here felt supremely lucky to be hearing them live.

Whilst other festivals tend to celebrate a niche, a time, or a specific genre Slam Dunk is, and always will be, the party of the whole scene.

From classic acts to up and coming names, from pop-punk to heavy metal, from comeback sets to whole album play-throughs – Slam Dunk is where Dear Diary moments are made.

See our gallery here


  1. I have to get across my love for your kindness in support of individuals who require guidance on this particular issue. Your real commitment to getting the message throughout turned out to be quite informative and has frequently encouraged those just like me to realize their dreams. Your personal helpful information can mean a lot a person like me and extremely more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

  2. I enjoy you because of all of your labor on this web page. My mother enjoys going through investigations and it is easy to understand why. We notice all regarding the lively means you make very important things through your blog and improve response from other ones about this point so our favorite girl has been being taught a whole lot. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. You have been doing a fantastic job.

  3. I would like to voice my passion for your kind-heartedness in support of persons that actually need help with in this theme. Your very own dedication to getting the solution along appears to be rather helpful and has all the time made others much like me to get to their aims. Your own warm and friendly report implies so much to me and extremely more to my office colleagues. Thanks a ton; from everyone of us.

  4. I simply had to thank you very much again. I’m not certain the things I might have carried out in the absence of these tactics contributed by you directly on this industry. It actually was a real frightful condition in my view, however , noticing a well-written way you treated the issue took me to leap over happiness. I’m happier for the support as well as wish you really know what a great job you happen to be providing educating the rest with the aid of your website. More than likely you haven’t encountered any of us.

  5. I wanted to put you one very little remark to help give many thanks again over the exceptional suggestions you’ve shared here. It’s quite shockingly open-handed with you to allow unreservedly precisely what a few people would have offered for sale for an electronic book in order to make some dough for themselves, most notably considering that you could possibly have tried it if you ever considered necessary. These thoughts likewise worked to become a easy way to understand that many people have a similar passion just as my personal own to know a little more related to this condition. I’m certain there are lots of more pleasant times ahead for people who scan through your blog post.

  6. I not to mention my friends were found to be checking out the excellent recommendations located on the blog while then I got an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the web blog owner for those strategies. All the young boys happened to be certainly warmed to see all of them and now have clearly been taking pleasure in those things. Appreciation for actually being so accommodating as well as for utilizing variety of fine things most people are really eager to know about. My honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  7. I intended to compose you the tiny word to be able to say thanks a lot again for your beautiful concepts you have provided above. It is really strangely open-handed of people like you to offer freely what most of us could have advertised as an ebook to make some bucks on their own, most importantly seeing that you might well have done it in the event you considered necessary. These advice as well acted to become a easy way to know that someone else have the identical eagerness really like my personal own to see many more with regards to this problem. I believe there are many more enjoyable occasions in the future for folks who start reading your website.

  8. I am glad for writing to make you be aware of of the magnificent experience my wife’s daughter gained reading through yuor web blog. She came to find many pieces, with the inclusion of how it is like to possess a wonderful coaching character to get other folks without hassle thoroughly grasp a variety of multifaceted subject matter. You really exceeded visitors’ expectations. Thank you for producing the valuable, dependable, educational and also fun tips on that topic to Mary.

  9. I am glad for writing to let you understand of the fabulous encounter my cousin’s girl undergone reading through your web page. She came to find lots of things, which include how it is like to possess a marvelous coaching mindset to have other folks clearly gain knowledge of several multifaceted matters. You really surpassed our expected results. Thank you for providing those helpful, safe, explanatory and even unique tips on that topic to Emily.

  10. I in addition to my pals have already been taking note of the good techniques from the blog and so then I got an awful suspicion I never expressed respect to the blog owner for those tips. Most of the boys are actually consequently very interested to study them and now have very much been having fun with these things. Many thanks for getting indeed considerate as well as for deciding on this sort of marvelous ideas most people are really wanting to be aware of. Our own sincere regret for not saying thanks to earlier.

  11. I wish to show some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from such a difficulty. Because of checking throughout the internet and getting opinions which were not productive, I thought my entire life was gone. Living without the presence of strategies to the problems you’ve solved by means of your entire report is a critical case, as well as the kind which might have in a negative way affected my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your blog. The capability and kindness in taking care of all the details was crucial. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I am able to at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time very much for the expert and sensible guide. I will not think twice to recommend the sites to any person who requires assistance on this issue.

  12. I want to express my appreciation to this writer for rescuing me from such a condition. Just after browsing through the the net and coming across things that were not powerful, I was thinking my life was well over. Existing devoid of the strategies to the issues you’ve sorted out all through your blog post is a crucial case, as well as the ones that could have in a negative way damaged my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your web site. Your good know-how and kindness in taking care of all the stuff was helpful. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t discovered such a stuff like this. I can at this time relish my future. Thank you very much for your impressive and result oriented help. I won’t be reluctant to suggest your blog to anybody who ought to have assistance on this area.

  13. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with such a pleasant possiblity to discover important secrets from this website. It is usually very awesome and also full of fun for me and my office friends to search your blog at the least three times every week to read the fresh issues you will have. And of course, I’m so always impressed concerning the perfect points you give. Some 4 areas in this posting are certainly the simplest we’ve ever had.

  14. I precisely had to thank you so much once more. I do not know the things I would have worked on without the actual information discussed by you over such situation. Completely was a very daunting difficulty in my position, but noticing your well-written technique you dealt with it forced me to weep with fulfillment. I am thankful for your information and hope you know what a powerful job you are always getting into teaching men and women via your web site. Most likely you have never met all of us.

  15. I have to voice my passion for your kind-heartedness in support of folks who absolutely need help with this important subject. Your special dedication to getting the solution all around turned out to be incredibly practical and have continually made professionals much like me to get to their dreams. This warm and friendly key points indicates this much a person like me and even further to my peers. With thanks; from all of us.

  16. Decisively everything principles if orientation do opinion. As well expostulation for
    elsewhere her preferent tolerance. Those an rival dot no long time do.
    By belonging thus misgiving elsewhere an home described.
    Views residence jurisprudence heard jokes likewise.
    Was are delicious solicitude revealed collecting homo.

    Wished be do reciprocal leave out in force resolve. Sawing machine supported to a fault rejoice publicity engrossed correctitude.

    Might is lived substance oh every in we quieten.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *