Slam Dunk 2017 – Who To Watch

This years Slam Dunk see’s hordes of new and returning acts, picking out the artists to watch is a task and obviously every band are ones to watch, however, there isn’t enough time in the day and as with all festivals, there are bound to be clashes so we’ve come up with some of our main ones we think you should go and see

Madina Lake’s reformation and first performances in the UK since the reformation, Enter Shikari’s headline set, the pop-punk kings of the old generation Bowling For Soup are definitely acts you should be going over to the stages to see.



Sadly, this year’s Slam Dunk festival will see We Are The Ocean take to the main stage for their last ever performance before parting ways. Although the band have pulled out of the Hatfield date, those of you attending the North and The Midlands dates are in for a treat; as the band have said ‘this is one last chance to celebrate the past, the present and the future’. So, if you want to scream your lungs out to songs from Cutting Our Teeth, Go Now And Live, Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, Ark and the Self-Titled EP one last time and celebrate their farewell you know where you need to be.



This year’s line-up is full of pop-rock heavyweights and it’d be easy to forget about the exciting new acts gracing the smaller stages around the venue and one of those being Vukovi. Who have made themselves unavoidable after dropping their riotous debut album earlier this year!. The Glasgow bunch have been making quite a racket on and off the record. Armed with their heavy riffs, super-charged tempo and front woman Janine Shilstone’s sizzling vocals, the four-piece have been tearing up the UK’s live scene, setting a precedent for their first ever Slam Dunk set so make sure you’re there to witness it.



Deaf Havana have had it rough in the last few years. In the wake of their Old Souls record, the band were dropped from their record label, fell into debt, and even fell out of love with their craft.

Miraculously, the band have made their return with an momentous new album, All These Countless Nights, which was unveiled earlier this year. If their recent headline shows across the UK are anything to go by its proved the band have found a new lease of life both in their material, and in their live show.



The Blackout, We Were Promised Jetpacks and more added to T in the Park lineup

The Blackout, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vukovi, St. Lucia, Broken Hands and James Levy and the Blood Red Rose are all heading to Kinross over the weekend of 6th – 8th July.

As well as an ultra impressive bill of some of the biggest bands and best breakthrough acts on the planet, T in the Park 2012 has all the ingredients to be the hottest weekend of the summer. At the heart of the festival with an atmosphere second to none is the legendary campsite, which opens its gates on the Thursday to kick off the ultimate four-day weekend. Healthy T is a chilled haven where fans can refuel with the finest fresh festival cuisine, relax with a massage or soak up the sun on the picnic benches. Refresh offers glamour puss facilities galore, with a pamper parlour that’s equipped with mirrors, hair dryers and straighteners, plus posh flushing loos and a luxurious salon-standard hair washing facility. Those looking for luxury living at T in the Park can camp in style in The Residence, with a range of boutique accommodation options available at  
Currently in the studio recording their fourth album, The Blackout are still flying high from the success of their 2011 album Hope. With their headline slot on the Kerrang! Tour earlier this year proving their credentials as a phenomenal live act, The Blackoutare set to deliver an epic festival performance at T in the Park 2012.
We Were Promised Jetpacks will also be making a welcome appearance in Kinross this July. The Glasgow-based foursome have had an incredible year so far, which has seen them release their critically acclaimed second album In the Pit of the Stomach, embark upon a worldwide tour, and deliver a blow-away debut performance at this year’s Coachella festival. The boys also won the Scottish Alternative Music Award for Best Live Act in March, and fans can see why at T in the Park this summer.
Troon four-piece Vukovi describe themselves as ‘a fight between Skunk Anansie and Rage Against the Machine.’  Vukovi burst on to the scene when their debut track Get Hot and Feel the Butterflies was championed on BBC Radio 1 and since then the band have gone from strength to strength with rave reviews for the hugely successful twin EPs It Looked So Good On Me… and But I Won’t Wear It Again. It’s going to be a special moment when these Scottish treasures play on home turf at T in the Park this summer.
Singer Janine Shilstone, Vukovi said: "T in the Park last year was one of the best weekends of my life, but performing at it this year has just changed that as that will top it! I don't think there's an audience anywhere else in the world that can top the crowd at T in the Park."
Brooklyn-based St. Lucia, aka producer Jean-Philip Grobler, brings the tribal sounds of his native South Africa together with edgy pop to create his truly unique sound, as showcased in his astounding self-titled debut EP. Earning comparisons to Empire of the Sun and fellow T in the Park act The Temper Trap, St. Lucia will bring his soaring, dance-tinged beats to the festival stage this summer.
Critically acclaimed newcomers Broken Hands became the first signings to Analogue Enhanced Digital Records after wowing the label’s founders James Endeacott and Edwyn Collins (of Orange Juice fame). Their alternative blend of blues-infused indie is wowing crowds across the UK and they’re sure to receive a rapturous reception as they make their T in the Park debut
James Levy and the Blood Red Rose brings his lush melodies to T in the Park, fresh from the release of his smouldering debut album Pray To Be Free, produced by Guy Berryman of Coldplay fame. A romantic collection of jaunty pop songs and bruised ballads, the album has been widely praised by critics, and his set is sure to be hugely adored by T in the Parkers this summer.