Slam Dunk Festival 2013 in pictures

PUBLISHED: 15:26 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 31 May 2013

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

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THOUSANDS of music fans converged on the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield for the 2013 Slam Dunk Festival.

All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

The sold-out southern leg of the pop punk, ska, metal and rock event returned to The Forum Hertfordshire on Sunday and glorious weather made it a day to remember, with the audience, bands and reviewers giving the event a massive thumbs up.

The main Jager Stage on the uni’s College Lane campus was headlined by American pop-punks All Time Low.

And the Maryland quartet, who support Green Day at Arsenal FC’s Emirates ground this weekend, showered the annual Hatfield festival with praise afterwards on Twitter.

ATL drummer Rian Dawson tweeted: “Can’t give enough love to @SlamDunkMusic for letting us be a part of this amazing festival. Hope to see you next year! Cheers!”

All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

Also taking to the micro-blogging site, frontman Alex Gaskarth tweeted: “Massive shout out to everyone working the festival. Made us feel very welcome and comfortable. Props on a job well done. @SlamDunkMusic”

While lead guitarist Jack Barakat tweeted: “Thanks so much for having us @SlamDunkMusic festival. It’s been a great 3 days 8-)”

The likes of Deaf Havana, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil and Mallory Knox also played the main outdoor stage at Hatfield during the 10 hours of music.

After their blistering set, Deaf Havana tweeted: “Hatfield, that was utterly humbling. Thank you x”

Deaf Havana playing the main stage of the Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]Deaf Havana playing the main stage of the Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

The Norfolk alternative rockers’ show went down a storm with festival-goers in Hatfield, with a cheeky cover of a Robbie Williams song thrown into the mix.

Elliot Drew later tweeted: “@deafhavana opening their @SlamDunkMusic set with Let Me Entertain You was fantastic”

And James Elvin tweeted: “Highlight of Slam Dunk: @deafhavana opening with Let Me Entertain You. Or did I imagine that?”

The Macbeth Stage over in The Forum’s auditorium was headlined by Four Year Strong and also saw performances from The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Man Overboard, The Story So Far and The American Scene during the afternoon.

Your Demise playing Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]Your Demise playing Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason]

With Essex four-piece We Are The Ocean pulling out of Slam Dunk South to play BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Ireland, Your Demise were added to the line-up and headlined the Monster Energy Stage in the Piazza outside the EleHouse.

Welwyn Garden City hardcore heroes Heights and Memphis May Fire also played the Monster stage during the day.

King Prawn, The Skints, Polar Bear Club and Gnarwolves were among the acts on the Vans Off The Wall Stage in the Refectory, while Cancer Bats played upstairs in The Attic.

The touring festival also visited Leeds the day before pitching up in Hatfield and Wolverhampton on Bank Holiday Monday for the new Slam Dunk Midlands show.

After criticism when Slam Dunk was first held at the Forum in Hatfield, fans were mightily impressed with this year’s offering.

On Slam Dunk’s Facebook page, Rob Plete posted: “Third Slam Dunk for me but the first time I’ve been to SD South. Leeds is amazing but I was so shocked on Sunday, that was next level! The outdoor stage made it so much better.”

Pru Vertigan wrote: “Massive well done on the organisation of South. Queue was practically non-existent this year, and only took us a couple of minutes to get in!”

Haz Brennan also commented: “Awesome organisation for south this year!! Was really impressed.”

Roll on Slam Dunk Festival 2014.

* To see more pictures from the day, visit the photo gallery above right.


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