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LIVE! – Slam Dunk Festival

June 3, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – Slam Dunk Festival

EVENT: Slam Dunk
ACTS: Alkaline Trio,New Found Glory, My Passion, Devil Sold His Soul, Skindred, Rolo Tomassi and many more.
VENUE, TOWN: The Forum, University of Hertfordshire
DATE: 29th May 2010

FIVE WORD REVIEW: First attempt could be better.

MAIN REVIEW: New festivals: either a blinding success or a disaster waiting to happen, generally speaking anyway. For the most part, Slam Dunk was a success, but it did have its teething problems.


The first band to really kick things off on the Jagermeister Stage outside were Rolo Tomassi. Front woman Eva Spence took to the massive crowd like water off a duck’s back to deliver a phenomenal vocal and visual performance. Smashing through a set which included old fan favourites as well as a couple of new tracks, Rolo Tomassi showed us exactly why they’re one of the hottest prospects in the UK at the moment.

Inside at the Imperial Clothing stage, Your Demise skilfully ripped through a short set of metallic hardcore. They appeared fairly bland and straight forward to the casual fan’s ear, however it was clear that their faithful fans loved it. What followed was one of the best sets of the festival: Devil Sold His Soul were simply outstanding. Powerful Will Haven-esque riffs, fierce vocals and energy to spare were the themes as DSHS almost took down the low ceiling in a make-shift stage wedged between a bar and a hallway.

Meanwhile, shit was hitting the fan as the rain came down and many of Slam Dunk’s guests decided to head inside for Capdown and New Found Glory rather than stay out for Alkaline Trio, who’d all be appearing shortly after Four Year Strong and Skindred and already packed out the indoor stages. This reviewer decided there was no way he was fighting through an angry mob of drunken teenage punks, and headed outside.

Jagermeister Stage headliners Alkaline Trio rewarded their loyal fans and those who braved shitting up their Vans in the mud with a brilliant and varied set. As well as their big songs such as ‘Radio and ‘Emma’, ‘Clavicle’ also made an appearance on top of new material from their ‘This Addiction’. A storming set, and much more fun than standing around bitching because you couldn’t get inside for the other headliners.

LINKS: Official Website



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