Slam Dunk 2015

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This year, Slam Dunk North was moved from the stuffy Leeds University campus and instead was positioned right bang in the centre of the city. Spread across seven stages, Slam Dunk had something to please everyone from the pop punk kids to the hardcore headbangers. There wasn’t more than five minutes from one end of the festival site to the other, making it incredibly easy to navigate through. As 1 o’clock hit, the sun was shining, and the air was thick with fevered excitement as the crowds start spilling through the gates and taking their places in front of the outdoor stages.

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Bitch Falcon @ Sweeneys 29/5/15

Up-and-comers Bitch Falcon rock a late set at Sweeney’s Bar on Dame Street, topping a night featuring Not Monsters and Race The Flux, before heading to KFest this weekend.

It was the first time I’ve seen this straight up rock band, fronted by Lizzie Fitzpatrick on guitar and vocals, Naomi Macleod rocking bass with Nigel Kenny on drums, and holy moly they melted my face off. It’s been a long time since I’ve witnessed hard rock/grunge in a pure and very clean way and it was refreshing to say the least. With a sound that lies somewhere between the chorus of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”, Juliette and the Licks and The Runaways, it’s really hard to compare this trio to anything that’s being played today. If you haven’t checked them out yet, make sure to catch them on the festival circuit this summer! They’re bringing back grunge with a vengeance, yet making it their own (Neo-grunge anyone?)

Sitting in the airport heading home after a deadly day yesterday at Slam Dunk North in Leeds! Thank you Slam Dunk! Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend at the Midlands and South shows! Stay tuned for upcoming reviews and some interviews with the bands!

Another important event transpired this weekend; we were proud to represent Ireland yesterday when our little country were the first to legally pass gay marriage by popular vote!! It’s been a long time coming and I’m so proud of everyone who voted Yes. We did it. 💚💚💚

The past few weeks have been pretty stressful for all those involved in the run up to the referendum. If the issues brought up over the run of the campaign have affected you in any way please talk to someone. We are always here for you with a reassuring word or friendly advice. You can contact us any time through PM on Facebook or message us on Tumblr.

Love you all!! ❤️

TV3’s Ursula Halligan shares her story #VoteYes

Ursula Halligan, the political editor for Ireland’s TV channel TV3, has finally shared her story and come out to the world.

Any “coming out” takes courage, confidence and integrity and for a woman who has lived for years holding her secret close to her chest in fear of homophobic backlash and social rejection, her bravery is immense.

Congratulations to Ursula, and thank you for sharing your story.

You can read her full article on irishtimes.com

Don’t forget, voting for the marriage referendum takes place this coming Friday May 22nd.

#voteyes

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Slam Dunk Playlist

Here’s a playlist to help get you pumped for Slam Dunk!

Only Rivals- Borders

You Me At Six- Bite My Tongue

PVRIS- St. Patrick

Lower Than Atlantis- Damn Nation

Neck Deep- Can’t Kick Up The Roots

Set It Off- Why Worry

Cartel- No Motivation 

Transit- Sweet Resistance 

Bayside- Devotion and Desire

The Wonder Years- Passing Through A Screen Door 

Such Gold- Storyteller

A Loss For Words- Distance 

Knuckle Puck- Transparency

ROAM- Over Your Head 

As It Is- Drowning Deep In Doubt

Moose Blood- I Hope You’re Missing Me

Finch- What It Is To Burn

Reel Big Fish- Everyone Else Is An Asshole

Or click here to listen on spotify