This festival season is shaping up to be a good one, with both Slam Dunk and Download already releasing a HUGE line-up that’s made us so excited and wondering how the hell we’re going to get through a few months of living on peanuts. With the first announcements out of the way, people are going nuts for predictions and hoping that their favourite bands will somewhere fit on the bill. So, jumping on the hype, we’re about to put together a few predictions that could come true or be so far-fetched that we’ll be laughed at. SO, bearing in mind what we have already and what the next few months will bring, we’ve cultivated a few bands that we’re sure we’ll see somewhere on a festival line-up.
Last time Senses Fail graced the UK with their presence was 2013 which took them on stage at Slam Dunk festival along with All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and Four Year Strong. With All Time Low returning this year, it’s a shout that Senses Fail would be too, especially with their recent release of If There Is A Light earlier this year. Not only would it be great to see them back in the UK, but alongside some nostalgic bands such as Silverstein and Gallows it’s a chance for most of us 20-something’s to take it back a few years to our primal days and party with the bands that helped develop our musical tastes into what they are today. They also toured the USA earlier this year throughout February and March, so it’s only fair we get our turn! Our fingers are crossed, and you bet we’d love to hear ‘Lady In The Blue Dress’ live again.
Stand Atlantic has been on the rise since ‘Chemicals’ took over the internet over six months ago, launching them into stardom and one of the best rising pop punk acts of 2018. With their new album, Skinny Dipping dropping, Stand Atlantic are a band with high possibility to be featured on the Slam Dunk bill this year to fully promote their music. The trio did make it on stage last year, but there’s nothing in the rule book to say bands can’t come for a second… I mean, should we talk about how many years Zebrahead has been on the Fireball stage? We should even say that we’re predicting them too, but that’s a given considering their notoriety at the day festival. While we’re on the discussion of new albums bringing bands to the Slam Dunk line-up, we should talk about The Story So Far with their recent Proper
Dose. They’ve been a favourite for awhile now, racking up quite the fan base of loyal listeners supporting them through their journeys. Forming in 2007, The Story So Far has four studio albums, with their 2015 release of the self-titled album really pushing the boundaries and putting them in line with the bands that have really overtaken the scene in a flurry of aggressive vocals and heavy power chords. Proper Dose was a highly anticipated release, causing a frenzy of downloads and streams across the entire world after three years of waiting to hear the next installment. The Story So Far is currently on tour for select days ending November 14th, and with Slam Dunk falling in May of 2019, we could even see a UK tour following, or a Download appearance.
So, this one is almost a given, but if not, it will be surprising. Architects have been announced for Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring taking place June 2019 – which means we can practically expect them to be at Download next year. Not to mention that there is a UK tour going on prior to festival season, and their most recent drop of Holy Hell will likely be hyped the entire time, using the abundance of festivals that will likely be trying
to book them to promote their most recent album. Architects featured on a few of the bills last year, including Nova Rock, but this year could bring them to the UK festival scene. We’ve got some pretty big hopes for our Download predictions, including Swedish metal band, Ghost. The band has been announced for Australia’s Download festival along with Judas Priest and Ozzy, but could we be seeing these bands in the UK? Again, we’re going off of most recent releases, but Prequelle dropped just prior to festival season last year on June 1st, making it a close call to really expect a full crowd to know what’s going on, so with a year in between their release, we could be potentially seeing them with an incredible following that has been garnering over the past few months.