As usual, Slam Dunk 2017 boasts a wealth of pop punk favourites, returning to the UK across three venues this May for a day of alternative rock. Hosted at Birmingam NEC on Saturday 27th May, Hatfield Forum on Sunday 28th May, and bringing in the bank holiday with a bang in Leeds City Centre on 29th May; the annual festival has already sold out at its Southern-most venue.
In celebration of their twelfth studio album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’, Korn are set to return for an arena run across six different venues in the UK this December. Gracing the likes of Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Nottingham; the Californian nu-metal group have stated: “We’re really proud of our new album and we can’t wait to play these songs for our amazing fans in the UK, they are some of the best in the world! This tour is gonna be sick!”
On Sunday 31st July, I set off for what was only described to me as ‘a scary zombie thing with guns’ by my dad. Suitably intrigued, it turned out to be The Walking Dead Apocalypse experience – a shooter that falls somewhere between airsoft and scarefest. Described online as “a live action video-game-like zombie shooting experience,” the night I traveled out to was in Kidderminster; and the suitably terrifying Drakelow Tunnels. The tunnels are disused nuclear bunkers that are as vast as they are dark – very fitting for an apocalyptic night of zombie killing.
Performing at the tenth anniversary of its creation, the bands at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival did not disappoint. This review comes from the Midlands leg of the tour, which was coincidentally the last – though definitely had no effect on the infamously raucous vibe of the event. With seven stages and over 60 performers throughout the day, Slam Dunk was a welcome explosion of frantic bands, ranging from everything between metal and ska, to grace the intimate streets of Wolverhampton city centre. Desperado’s flowed freely, merchandise stalls and pizza trucks lined the pavements, and a buzz of anticipation and excitement was inescapable.
★★★★★ – Vivid use of colour with intense clarity.
Renowned for its raw beauty and intricate detailing; Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland series graces London’s Mead Carney for an extended period this month, and is not one to be passed up for lovers of art and photography. Situated in a small intimate gallery in central London, the setting is ideal to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to become lost in Mitchell’s story-book fantasies, each more breathtaking than the last.
As a staple of the pop-punk and hardcore calendar – Slam Dunk is back for its annual cross-country run. Returning for its 10th anniversary in the North, South and the Midlands; this year promises to be one of the most memorable yet – with headliners ranging from You Me At Six, Architects, Don Broco to a UK festival exclusive from Taking Back Sunday. This year, they’ll all be performing in The Forum in Hertfordshire, and Wolverhampton and Leeds City Centres, with fittingly styled infamous after parties to keep the festival spirit alive.