Since its humble beginnings in 2006, Slam Dunk has become one of the largest independent festivals in the country, and is a must for lovers of all things pop-punk, emo, metalcore and alternative. As Slam Dunk approaches, GIGSoup’s Tom Forrester is catching up with bands and artists, to find out what it means to them to be playing the UK’s premier pop-punk fest. Next up, it’s Aussie upstarts, Between You & Me.

Relative newcomers to the global pop-punk scene; Between You & Me were formed in Melbourne, in 2016. The band released their first single ‘Cavalier’ in April 2016, and instantly made waves at the local level. Their debut EP ‘Paper Thin’ sparked the interest of the pop-punk indie heavyweights, Hopeless Records, who signed the band in 2017. Almost twelve months later; Hopeless released the band’s first full-length: ‘Everything is Temporary’.

The next stop on the pop-punk bucket list is to play Slam Dunk festival. It’s Between You & Me’s debut at the festival, but their history, and advice from their contemporaries, should make them feel right at home on the bill.

What can fans expect from your set at Slam Dunk?

Lots and lots of energy, few bad jokes and a frickin good time!

What do you guys think of this year’s lineup? What other bands are you looking forward to seeing?

WSTR, Boston manor, As it is, Simple Plan, Neck Deep, Trophy Eyes and A Loss For Words just to name a few!

This is your first time playing Slam Dunk-what’ve you heard about playing here from other bands? What do you expect from the festival?

From what I’ve heard I’m going to have to prepare for the partying and drinking! Haha

How important do you think a festival like Slam Dunk is to the modern alternative scene?

It’s great because it gives everyone a chance to see all their favourite bands/ discover new bands all in the one place and potentially make some friends with some like-minded people in the process!

What plans do you have for the rest of 2019? What’s next for the band?

I can’t say too much but; write way more music, and tour as much as we can! 😉