The FIVE bands you can’t miss at Slam Dunk Festival 2018

Slam Dunk Festival, Hatfield, 29/05/2017, Photo Credit: Hayley Smith


This year has already proved itself to be a ridiculously brilliant year for live music but we’d be lying if we said we haven’t been waiting since last summer for FESTIVAL SEASON 2018!

Now the time is SUPER ALMOST upon us and we’re kicking off this years round of outdoor extravaganzas with one of the best. Slam Dunk Festival 2018.

With a new South site at Hatfield Park, this year is set to be Slam Dunks finest – and it certainly helps that their line-up is insane. But the amount of clashes that come with a line up like this is, frankly, stressful.

So here’s

a little helping hand. The five bands you just can’t miss at Slam Dunk Festival 2018.



  1. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Jagermeister Main Stage 
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, 2000 Trees Festival – Cheltenham, 07.07.2017 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Performing and creating music has been a tumultuous journey for Frank Carter but he has well and truly landed on his feet with his latest project. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ headline slot at 2000 Trees Festival last year was the stand out highlight of the whole weekend. F

ans literally ran rings around the whole Main Stage Area, a pint of vodka was delivered to Carter from the back of the crowd and a female-only crowd-surfing challenge was grope free by demand from the frontman himself.

Frank’s outspoken, straight-talking nature makes it hard to take your eyes off the stage, apart from when he’s instructing the whole crowd to search for a fans bum bag – then you’re looking at his dedicated disciples.



  1. The Faim – Rock Sound Breakout Stage 
The Faim, Concorde 2 – Brighton, 15.04.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

They might be new kids on the block but The Faim have caught the attention of more than one notable name.

Fresh from a UK tour with Lower Than Atlantis, the Australian quartet have planned appearances at ALL of the major UK festivals this year as well as support slots with the likes of PVRIS and The Dangerous Summer worldwide.

They’re already delivering spotless anthems that suggest it won’t be long before The Faim are stage headliners so make sure you catch them early so you can brag about it in ten years time.



  1. Lower Than Atlantis – Monster Energy Main Stage
Lower Than Atlantis, Concorde 2 – Brighton, 15.04.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

After 11 years in the industry, Lower Than Atlantis have become a staple part of the British Rock Music Scene making them perfect for the Slam Dunk line up.

They’ve always delivered catchy tracks that stretch from tear-jerking acoustic numbers to relentlessly heavy beasts but Lower Than Atlantis have more than stepped up their live show game.

On their latest UK run Mike Duce spent 99.9% of every show in the pit, crowd surfing, singing completely acoustically, and connecting with each LTA fan individually.

Regardless of whether you’ve seen them before or not – make them unmissable in your Slam Dunk Plans. Their new lease of life is sure to take you by surprise.



  1. Holding Absence – Rock Sound Breakout Stage
Holding Absence, Boston Music Room – London, 08.03.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Britain’s brightest upcoming stars. These guys are armed with a powerful vocal performance and an entrancing stage presence.

They’re heavy where others are leaning towards indie but creative where others are repetitive. It’s a refreshing take on their humility is endearing more and more fans every day.

Creeping up behind the likes of Dead! and Creeper, Holding Absence are the next generation of UK Rock Stars, so catch them at one of the most perfect festivals to celebrate that.


  1. Twin Atlantic – Monster Energy Main Stage
Twin Atlantic, Handmade Festival – Leicester, 29.04.2017 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Here at afterLIVE we’ve made no secret about how much we adore Twin Atlantic. The Glasgow alt-rockers have been quiet of late and Slam Dunk will be a comeback of sorts.

We’ve been teased with the suggestion of recording studios and new albums so there’s a chance that Twin will be revealing a new song or two. Even if they don’t, their back catalogue is a list of iconic British classics and their live show is unrivalled.