Words by Tom White | Photos by Steven Haddock

Alternative, heavy, and pop-punk come together for a fantastic three days at the end of May in the north, midlands and south of the UK. New Noise arrives at the second day of Slam Dunk in Leeds; excitement brews and huge queues form! The Lion And The Wolf open with a short and sweet acoustic set on the Uprawr Stage. Attendees flock to get their first dose of music as The Lion and The Wolf performs cuts from Symptoms and The Cardiac Hotel. There are many laughs throughout; fans watch with careful attention and My Father’s Eyes gets tremendous applause.

Crossfaith makes a racket on the Jägermeister Stage as they tear through Apocalyze and Xeno. Early on in the day and Slam Dunkers are keen for dubstep and metal. Mosh pits form and middle fingers are raised in union; Crossfaith sure know how to command a crowd!

At the Key Club stage, Black Foxxes deliver a tumultuous thirty minutes. The crowd surges forward upon the first note, heads bob and the crowd surfing starts. Rock never sounded this good!

WSTR propel their pop-punk sound on Slam Dunk’s Monster Energy Stage and dance like dervishes. The stage is packed; pop-punk is the big favourite. It’s extremely difficult to find the perfect spot to watch  WSTR but this doesn’t detract from enjoying the show and the buzz.

Boston Manor pulls in a huge crowd and the cat out of the bag. Frontman Henry Cox rallies a full house and it’s non-stop energy from start to finish!

Moving to the Signature Brew stage, Turnover provide well-needed calm from the storm with dreamy indie rock. Magnolia and Peripheral Vision receive an overwhelming response; cheers,  applause, and singing aplenty.

Citizen play songs from Everybody Is Going To Heaven and Youth and deliver with aggression and power. Citizen balances the pace and builds the tension and within a blink of an eye, their forty minutes are up.

Over on the Impericon stage, Stray From The Path give the people the noise they demand. The set is politically vibrant, touching on themes and topics such as the Trump Presidency and police brutality. Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari also shares the spotlight for a number!

Don Broco storm through tracks from Priorities and Automatic; singing and jumping ensues at the Jägermeister Stage which is full to the brim. Bands that have already performed secure a pint, watch from a distance and share a laugh. Pretty is the last song of the set and the place lights up. Don Broco die-hards come away pleased having seen a full throttle performance.

Enter Shikari headline the Jägermeister Stage and perform Take to the Skies front to back. The light show is spectacular and production well planned. The band is brilliant fun to watch and have Leeds in awe. Curtains pull open and patients and doctors guffaw in the hospital next door to the festival. Tongues wag as Enter Shikari close Slam Dunk with finesse, passion, and drive.


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