From the time it began, the Slam Dunk Festival has come a very long way. The massive festival had a very humble beginning as a simple club night in Leeds. Today, the festival has become a regular event every year that is hosted in three places around the UK. The Birg=mingham festival runs for three days and has over 50 bands that perform on eight stages, Over 20,000 fans turn up for the festival dressed in their favorite punk attires. Dressed in alternative clothing and wearing green hair to decked in costumes, the fans invade the event with the zeal and enthusiasm to party. The entire atmosphere is carnival-style and gives a chance for the audience to soak up some much-needed sunshine.
The Core of The Festival
The festival proudly boasts a pop-punk, hardcore, metalcore, and ska-punk theme. The security for the event is usually tight with attendees needing to travel between the stages to catch their favorite artists perform. The timelines for each band is beautifully coordinated so that the distance is taken into account the fans would be on time for their favorite acts. The tickets for the festival cost less than 50 pounds. The choices of music that the fans are spoilt for is indeed a welcome perk. The top bands like Good Charlotte, Eternal Summer, Frank Carter or the Rattlesnakes, whip out their best for the festival.
The Only Lacking Factor
The one thing that the festival does not showcase is women. There are very few women who line up the stage as part of the bands for the festival. However, the frontwomen of bands like Dream State managed to capture the stage and the attention of the audience. The year 2019 has been particularly suitable for all girl bands or the bands with frontwomen on the lines. With the sun going down on the festival, the spirits of the fans and the band members only rise to give the audience a grand finale. While the fans and brands go crazy on stage, the security struggles to keep them in check. This is especially true when fans on artists begin climbing on speakers or the camera cranes in hopes to catch a great view of their favorite bands. Being on the forefront of an alt-music festival in Birmingham, the Slam Dunk festival has sure come a very long way and shows promises of getting better over time and garnering more fans.
The festival also happens across cities like Leeds and Hatfield apart from Birmingham. Coordinating between the three towns are a task for this new festival. However, the fans and the organizers make it a real possibility for all the fans and artists showcased to have a good time. The punk music genre has a very age-old rooting in cities like Birmingham, which is known for bringing out some of the big stars in the music industry. Yesterday’s legends and today’s music offerings from Birmingham has made a festival as new as Slam Dunk a possibility today.