FRIDAY PLAYLIST: Bands who should play Slam Dunk

In case you haven’t heard, the second announcement for this year’s Slam Dunk festival is on Wednesday. I’ve been wondering which bands should be announced, and I think I’ve narrowed it down to ten that I’m really hoping for… Fingers crossed that at least one of these bands will be added to the line up.

10) Brand New

There were rumours that Brand New were going to play Slam Dunk a couple of years ago, and with exciting things happening in their camp at the moment, this might be more likely than ever before. 
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot’. 

9) Creeper

Creeper were definitely one of the breakout bands of last year, and with new material being released and a headline tour on the horizon, a festival appearance could catapult them that little bit further.
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘We Had A Pact’.

8) Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive last played the festival three years ago, so I think it’s about time they returned. 
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘The Other Side’. 

7) Dead!

Another UK band who had a huge 2015, Dead! would be the perfect fit at a festival that really supports homegrown talent.
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Phantom’.

6) Decade

Decade recently finished recording their second album, and what better way to formally launch it to the world? 
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Daisy May’. But because they haven’t formally released that, I’d also be happy if they played ‘British Weather’. 

5) Breathe Carolina

Breathe Carolina have gone markedly more dance than they were back in their early days, but I think that could be a good thing. A festival always needs a band who will get the crowd moving and taking themselves less seriously! If not Breathe Carolina, I’d be happy with 3OH!3. 
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Blackout’. 

4) Don Broco

I want Don Broco to play for purely selfish reasons: if I see them live this year, I’ll have seen them ten times. They’ll be my first band in double figures, and that’s an achievement I want to gain.
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Thug Workout’.

3) A Static Lullaby

A Static Lullaby reunited at some point last week – literally days ago – so I think it would be brilliant for their debut UK reunion show to be a festival appearance.
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us All’.

2) The Early November

I might be cheating on this inclusion, because on Wednesday The Early November announced on their Twitter that they had an announcement in a week’s time… Hopefully, that announcement will coincide with the line-up additions. 
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Ever So Sweet’. 

1) Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights have announced a huge American tour playing their album ‘If Only You Were Lonely’ in full, but there aren’t any UK dates just yet. I can’t imagine them playing the entire album at Slam Dunk, but even an appearance would be a great way to commemorate the anniversary.
If they played Slam Dunk, their set would need to include: ‘Saying Sorry’.