All-dayer music festival Slam Dunk returns to Leeds for the 10th year in 2016 bringing a range of pop punk, emo, ska and alternative acts to the city centre.
The festival has now sold out (although, if you fancy a road trip there are still some available for the sister event in Birmingham) but if you were lucky enough to get tickets, here’s what you need to know to make the most of your day.
1. Use a clashfinder
With seven stages and more than 50 acts playing, there’s plenty of bands and artists to see and if there are certain bands you don’t want to miss make sure to use an online clashfinder to help you plan your day.
2. Leave enough time to travel between stages
Although all of the stages are fairly close to each other, travelling between each will probably take longer than you expect because of the sheer volume of people.
— Slam Dunk (@SlamDunkMusic) April 26, 2016
3. Get there early for the indoor stages
Desperate to see a certain band at one of the indoor stages? Leave plenty of time to get in. Some of the stages, such as the O2 Academy, will often have queues and once they reach capacity will be one-in, one-out.
4. Be prepared for the elements
Last year, Slam Dunk moved from Leeds University to a variety of venues across the city centre – bringing outdoor stages for the first time ever. With this in mind, bring some sunblock/waterproof clothes as well as something warmer for when the sun sets – there are cloakrooms and lockers on site if you need to store anything.
5. Keep an eye out for bands
— charley (@charleymeganx) August 21, 2015
Looking to grab a photo with a member of your favourite band? Although signings usually take place, many members of bands will be wandering around the site or standing near their merch stalls. Tip: based on the layout of last year’s event, the entrance/exit of the Wetherspoons on Cookridge Street might also be a good place to keep an eye out.
Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds city centre, Saturday May 28.
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Main image: Giles Smith