Slam Dunk 2017 – 10 bands we can’t wait to see

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Nothing heralds the arrival of festival season quite like a firmed-up line up for Slam Dunk 2017 and here at Birmingham Live we’re already salivating for the last weekend in May! As we start to plan our schedule, we thought we’d share some of the bands we definitely won’t be missing.

Enter Shikari (Jägermeister Stage, 21:25)

Few modern British rock bands have collected a résumé of accolades to rival that of Enter Shikari. Since exploding onto the scene and the release of their debut album Take to the Skies 10 years (ten years, a decade!) ago, they have collected awards and sold out gigs beyond counting. Being one of the original post-hardcore acts to blend metal and hardcore with electronica and dance, and with an army of adoring fans we can’t wait for them to tear the roof off the NEC at Salm dunk 2017.

Neck Deep (Key Club Stage 21:30)

Welsh based Neck Deep always bring a lot to the party, and at Birmingham Live can’t get enough of them! Already catching them twice over the past year, first at Godiva Festival as 2nd stage headliner for the Friday and more recently touring with A Day To Remember. They’ve already demonstrated their festival trajectory by previously playing Slam Dunk being voted for by fans and now headlining the Key Club Stage! If that doesn’t make them ones to watch, we don’t know what does.

We Are The Ocean (Jägermeister Stage, 16:00)

This may be last times to see We Are The Ocean, having announced their breakup in January this year after 10 years and 4 albums. Their 3 date UK tour missed Birmingham so hopefully this is our chance to say our goodbyes. Emotions are likely to run high, both through their music and also their adoring fans, and therefore this is one show you really shouldn’t miss (even if it is tough to not go to see Zebrahead), let’s give them the sendoff they deserve.

Beartooth (Jägermeister Stage, 17:40) 

If you don’t already know who Beartooth are or have them on your must-see list, where have you been?! Formed in 2013 by Caleb Shomo (previously of Attack Attack! fame), their ultra-honest, cathartic hardcore punk has pulled in fans and music industry accolades in droves. In no time at all their crowds have progressed from small house shows, to mainstage festival slots. Trust us, if you check them out, you’ll see why.

Deaf Havana (Jägermeister Stage, 18:45)

Having recently released their most successful album to date, debuting at number 5 in the UK album charts, Deaf Havana have proven that despite almost splitting up, they’re not going anywhere. Their intensity on stage is countered by their humility off, being destined for and deserving much greater things.  Their mostly sold out recent tour, means that this one is likely to get busy, so if you want to get involved you’ll want to get there early.

Shvpes (Impericon Stage, 14:40)

Shvpes – this is a young, high energy rock band playing in their back yard. Be there.

Crossfaith (Atlas Stage, 18:05)

Crossfaith are one of those bands instantly recognizable by their sound. Their own unique blend of cross-genre ingredients resulting in something approximating rave-core never fails to get a crowd moving. Having recently performed as a support for Bury Tomorrow many would argue they are more than worthy of a headline slot, be sure to catch them on the Atlas stage. Oh, and if you’re near the front be prepared to be covered in Jack Daniels.

The Movielife (Monster Stage, 20:20)

What line-up would be complete without Slam Dunk mainstay Vinnie Caruana! This year Vin not only returns with Long Island punks The Movielife but also offers up an acoustic set with I Am The Avalanche. If grooving, melodic hardcore is your thing, you’ll already likely know who The Movielife are, if you don’t, stick them in your clashfinder.

Casey (Rock Sound Breakout Stage, 14:25)

Our top pick from the Rock Sound Breakout Stage line up. Birmingham Live have caught Casey more than once already, and we’re sure the boys from South Wales wont disappoint.

Tonight Alive (Main Stage 17:00)

We caught these guys supporting All Time Low recently in Birmingham and what a show it was! Hailing all the way from Australia, their pop punk sound and lead vocalist Jenna Mcdougall and her interesting costumes are always a crowd pleaser. Tonight Alive have recently signed to Hopeless Records and UNFD and have plans for a new album being recorded this summer, so we’re guessing we can expect a sneak preview at Slam Dunk 2017.

The full line up can be found over at along with links to the few remaining tickets.

Let us know who you think we should be checking out, either leave us a comment below or tweet us @birminghamlive.


Photography: Steve Kilmister and Chris Bowley

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