On Sunday May 28th photographer Beth travelled to Leeds to catch the return of Slam Dunk Festival.
Opening the festival on the Monster Stage was Canadian rockers Like Pacific. Despite the early set time the band had gathered a large crowd to watch their set.
After the opening bands I headed over to the Jagermeister stage to catch Crossfaith play their set. Having heard great things about the bands live performances I was not disappointed. From circle pits, to walls of death which ended with the bands lead Kenta Koie being carried into the middle of the pit this band certainly know how to put on a show. Fans were also treated to a guest collaboration with Caleb Shomo from Beartooth.
Staying at the Jaegermeister stage the next band up were We Are The Ocean. Having recently announced the bands split it was definitely a bittersweet experience for fans watching their main stage set at their penultimate show. Surrounded by sobbing fans the band played a string of their hits and some old fan favourites.
After weaving back around the now full festival site I headed back to the Monster Energy Stage to catch the end of Cute Is What We Aim For‘s set. Performing to a huge crowd the band played hits old and new.
Next up was The Maine‘s set on the Monster Energy Stage. The crowd was packed with the bands passionate fans and it is safe to say everyone who didn’t know the band were a fan by the end of their set. A particular highlight of the bands set was their lead John O’Callaghan bringing a fan on stage to finish singing their song ‘Girls Do What They Want’.
The last set I caught of the night was We The Kings. Growing up listening to the bands music is was great to finally see them live and boy do they not disappoint. Performing old fan favourites including ‘Secret Valentine’ and ‘Skyway Avenue’ the band closed out with Check Yes Juliet (for the second time that set much to the fans delight).
Slam Dunk is certainly a festival not to be missed.
Slam Dunk // slamdunkmusic.com
Like Pacific // likepacific
Crossfaith // crossfaith.jp
Cute Is What We Aim For // blog.cuteiswhatweaimfor.com
We Are the Ocean // wearetheocean.co.uk
We The Kings // wethekingsmusic.com
The Maine // themaineband.com