Few festivals nail their demographic quite as well as Slam Dunk. Not needing to be concerned with catering for every taste, Slam Dunk have generated a reputation for providing their audience with the perfect lineup.
This year appears to be no different. Panic! At The Disco, whose early output helped soundtrack the Slam Dunk generation, as well as an infectious early 2016 release in Death of a Bachelor, and New Found Glory encapsulate the festival's ethos like no other, while Of Mice & Men - headlining the Atlas Stage - have their sights set on the stratosphere. But who goes to a festival just to see the headliners? Here are five bands you won't want to miss.
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die aren't just one of the best bands playing this festival, they're one of the best bands playing any festival. Southern-tinged rip-roaring hardcore laced with rock & roll flair? Yes please.
While they've never been mainstream media darlings, they've cultivated a fiercely loyal fanbase and their hour-long set crowning the Impericon Stage has show-stealer written all over it.
In a one-two punch fitting of any festival stage, Toronto's finest exports will grace Slam Dunk on the Impericon Stage as sub-headliners to the aforementioned Every Time I Die.
Initially a whirlwind of frenetic hardcore, the quartet have matured with each record, and their Black Sabbath referencing Dead Set On Living was a career high, both on record and on stage.
Latest release Searching For Zero might have divided opinion, but 'Bats have never-ever taken their foot off the pedal in the live environment.
For fans of: Riffs, hip hop, arena-worthy choruses and teeth-rattling breakdowns. Thrust into the mainstream with the breakout cover of Jay Z & Kanye West's Ni**as In Paris, Hacktivist have steadily cut their teeth on the road, before delivering a real statement of intent in debut full-length release Outside The Box earlier this year. Outside The Box was littered with guest spots, with Jamie Graham from Heart of a Coward and Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds lending their vocals to Deceive & Defy and Taken respectively.
We'd hate to second-guess anything, but Hacktivist follow HOAC on the Impericon Stage, and there's a Shikari Sound System DJ set scheduled to close the UPRAWR Stage too.
It's ska's elder statesmen who are most the Desperados Stage's most noteworthy additions. Surrounded by those who found their sound shaped by the Birmingham-based six piece, and their prominent position on the bill is testament to that. Not bad for a band who spent six years in the spotlight - between 1978 and 1983 - before their recent renaissance.
Well worthy of a trip to the Desperados Stage, if only for a hat tip for the band who shaped a generation, and a genre.
Few bands have the potential to take over the world quite like Creeper.
In Will Gould they have a frontman and focal point dripping with not only vocal talent but charisma in abundance, their AFI influence is worn very much on their black sleeves and they've already gained a fierce fanbase.
Then there's the dose of theatrics, the infectious songwriting and hooks that'll become so deeply embedded in the mind that you'll be whistling VCR while Panic! At The Disco are charging through I Write Sins Not Tragedies.
They're yet to play a stage that they haven't felt too big for.
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