Slam Dunk 2017 West Midlands Slam Dunk you beautiful festival, you did it again. A week ago today I was writing a piece about my Slam Dunk picks when the events in Manchester unfolded and so it remains an article left unfinished. With these events in mind the security at Slam Dunk was understandably stepped up; with armed police, a wider cordon and security dotted everywhere. Parents took great reassurance as they left their children to embark upon a day of raucous escape from the world. Once inside the inner sanctum of fencing, the Slam Dunk atmosphere of misfits on the kerbs remained, drunken shenanigans and singing your hearts out with your friends ruled the day.


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The Vamps As the Genting Arena fell into darkness, the curtain dropped for an explosive pyrotechnic bang as The Vamps bounced onto the stage to smash hit ‘Wake Up’ ready for the last date of the UK tour and homecoming gig. Front man Brad Simpson whipped the crowd into a frenzy decked in his trademark floral pattern shirt as he asked the crowd, “are you ready to have a sing and dance with us tonight?”


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Kings of Leon Following the release of ‘WALLS’ last year, (their seventh studio album which went straight to number one in the UK chart). Kings of Leon are back in the UK after over two years away and Birmingham’s Genting Arena welcome them with open arms.


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Avenged Sevenfold Bringing their show to the Genting Arena, Birmingham tonight are a trio of metal rock goodness. Support In Flames plus a double headliner of Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold.


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Duran Duran I was very excited to hear Seal would be supporting Duran Duran on tonight's bill at the new plush Genting arena. When he enters on stage a lady in front of me shouts out "I've only come to see you!" which has the crowd laughing, and I must admit, I would have paid good money to just see Seal himself too. Highlights for me are Crazy, and Adamski's Killer, which is just one of those era defining songs from the 90's Acid House scene. There is something so electric about Seal's voice - which is soulful, and yet something more, sitting so well with an electronic track - much in the same way that Rhianna's voice can.


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Mumford & Sons

Out with the gentlemanly waistcoats and in with the grungy denim shirt-jean combo, the freshly transformed British quartet have re-categorised themselves within the rock music genre. The convincingly celtic rooted folk band Mumford & Sons have stripped back the banjo and string ensemble and opted for electric rock with their 2015 album Wilder Mind. Their new material has been saturated in the clashing of symbols, hard hitting drums, and twangs of electric guitars.



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Free Radio Live 2015

Billed as one of the hottest pop parties in Birmingham, Free Radio Live aimed to bring the hottest chart acts under one roof to the Genting arena, and 2015 was certainly no different. After 2014, Free Radio had a huge line up to follow when they brought Ed Sheeran to town however appealed to the crowd of all ages with their line-up of Sigma, Ben Haenow, Jess Glynne, Fleur East, Nathan Sykes , Years & Years, The Vamps and John Newman you couldn’t argue the fact they tried to find something for everyone.



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A$AP Rocky + Wiz Khalifa Here I was at a Wiz Khalifa + A$AP Rocky concert on a cold October evening at the newly rebranded Genting Arena, The venue is a 14,000 capacity venue but unfortunately only 3,000 was in attendance but you would not be able to tell by the energy in the room.


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