Slam Dunk 2015: Macbeth Stage
Your ultimate guide to this year's festival
Here's everything you need to know about Slam Dunk 2015's Macbeth stage, headlined by The Wonder Years...
**THE WONDER YEARS
**Fiercely strong universal lyrics combine with precision musicianship to make The Wonder Years the leading light in the pop-punk revival. They write the kind of music that makes you want to look inside yourself, come to terms with the person that you are and go about becoming the very best that you can be. That’s not to say that we’ll ever tire of hearing songs about skateboarding, getting wasted and having your girlfriend leave you, but it’s also nice to hear some genuinely thought provoking songs from time to time. And that’s where The Wonder Years come in. What better way to end the day than with your arms around your friends singing along in unison to the sounds of Pennsylvania’s finest?
Originating in the Motor City of Detroit, this six piece pop-punk band (that’s the equivalent of two Green Days) deal in peppy, guitar-driven, tuneful melodies with intimate lyrics. They were taken under the wing of pop-punk king Chad Gilbert when he signed on to produce their debut album All I Have to Offer Is My Confusion, which was released via renowned New York record label Triple Crown in 2009. Following that release, Gilbert took Fireworks on tour all over the US and Australia with his band New Found Glory, providing them with an international platform for their music. Since then they’ve shared the stage with everyone form Set Your Goals to The Wonder Years, and they’ll be performing as main support to The Wonder Years once again at this year’s Slam Dunk.
**Cartel rose to prominence in 2007 when they took part in the Dr. Pepper-sponsored MTV experiment Band in a Bubble: they had to write and produce a full-length album in 20 days. The resulting self-titled record earned the band support slots with the likes of All Time Low, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, and they’ve been steadily touring and releasing albums ever since, proving these earnest pop-punks are much more than just a flash in the pan.
**Purveyors of melodic, angst-ridden emo from Queens, New York, Bayside came up with their name on the way to a New Found Glory show in Long Island back in 2000. Since that fateful train ride they’ve since gone on to sell over a quarter-of-a-million records, but they’ve never lost touch with their roots. Hell, their last album was called Cult, and they’ve been that way for the last 15 years despite all the success they’ve enjoyed. If you like raw, honest music with tasty riffs and soaring choruses, then you’ll love this lot.