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Slam Dunk North 2021 @ Temple Newsam Leeds

Slam Dunk North made its much anticipated return to Leeds on Saturday 4th September 2021.

Friday 24 September 2021

LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival 2021

For the longest time, it felt like the chances of us standing on the beautiful green grass of Temple Newsam and Hatfield House were slim to none – in 2021, at least. And yet, against all odds and through one of the most challenging possible years to pull off

Friday 21 August 2020

State Champs – ‘Unplugged’

In the ten years since State Champs first made their way onto the scene, they have steadily created space for themselves in the hearts of pop punk fans everywhere. There’s something about them that perfectly combines the electric vibe of the mid-2000s with fresh, boundary-pushing sounds; continually

Friday 22 November 2019

The end of a decade: The most important bands of the past 10 years

2019 is rapidly drawing to a close, which means – somehow – the end of a decade is upon us. The alternative scene has provided us with so much value over the past 10 years, so much so that the Punktastic team couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect

Thursday 26 September 2019

First wave of Slam Dunk 2020 bands announced

Slam Dunk is back in 2020, and the first wave of acts has finally been announced! The first headliner to be revealed is Don Broco, whose Slammy D set will be their UK festival exclusive for 2020 and so is definitely not one to be missed. Broco will also be joined

Thursday 18 July 2019

LIVE: Download Festival 2019 – Sunday

There may be plenty of alternative music festivals all across the globe these days, but Download Festival will forever hold a special place in the hearts of metalheads everywhere – and its reputation as one of the biggest and best events for rock and metal has been well earned

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Top 25 Albums of the Year

Wednesday 07 November 2018

State Champs, Seaway, Stand Atlantic, Woes @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Tuesday 06 November 2018

LIVE: State Champs / Seaway / Stand Atlantic / Woes @ O2 Academy, Leeds

It may not always seem like it, going by the inevitable social media complaints after every tour announcement, but we have it pretty lucky in the UK. Despite being a relatively small island, we’re regularly treated to tours by just about every band going– and compared to the epic

Tuesday 19 June 2018

State Champs – ‘Living Proof’

Drop. Everything. Now. Sound the pop punk sirens, dig out your backpack and get your dancing shoes ready (preferably chukkas but we’ll let you off with anything vaguely skate-shaped) – State Champs are back! It’s only five years since the New York band released debut album ‘The Finer Things’, but