Now in its 10th year, Slam Dunk is bigger and badder than ever. More than 15,000 festival goers descended into Leeds City Centre this weekend to party like it was erm… 2016.
Blogger and photographer Anthony Longstaff was there to capture the highlights.
With such an ensemble of acts from around the world at Slam Dunk, there is more than enough to enjoy.
Split over eight stages and with such a wide variety of genres it’s always going to be difficult to switch between stages to see everyone you could possibly want.
First up on the Atlas stage are Coldrain, a promising band with a heavy influence from the Japanese metal style that is currently hitting the UK.
Second on the main stage are Young Guns, who got the already heaving millennium square crowd bathed in the glorious West Yorkshire sunshine moving even more.
Up next are Mayday Parade, then Yellowcard (a definite must see), who are unfortunately quite late on stage due to technical issues.
But an apology to the welcoming crowd goes down well – as does an excellent (all be it very short) set.
It was then all about heading over to the Key Club stage (based at the O2 Academy) to catch personal favourites Roam. They don’t disappoint either, with a set clenched in heavy rock riffs and deep throaty growls.
The biggest surprise for throughout the day however is the Ska stage (or ‘Desperado’). Spunge, King Prawn and Zebrahead are all tremendous; the latter in particular outstanding, and definitely a new addition to this writer’s iTunes playlist.
Retiring to the main stage for the remainder of the evening we manage to catch scene stealers Mallory Knox, before fans favourites New Found Glory hit the stage.
Social media is promptly drenched in reminiscent posts and tweets about reliving the ‘glory’ days – including plenty of nostalgia for smash-hit ‘My Friends Over You’.
New Found Glory
Headliners Panic at the Disco then prove massively popular, and top off a euphoric ending to a fantastic day.
Panic At The Disco
[All photos by Anthony Longstaff]