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, is WSTR’s Sammy Clifford.

Back in 2015, WSTR took the pop-punk world by storm, with their debut EP ‘Skrwd’. A combination of accessible pop-punk tunes, and a gritty punk rock attitude, was just what the scene was crying out for.

Since then, the band have released two full lengths-2016’s “Red, Green or In Between”, and 2018’s “Identity Crisis”-and have toured relentlessly with their contemporaries, including Neck Deep, Trash Boat and ROAM.

While their success is down to hard work and talent, Slam Dunk has definitely played a big part in shaping band’s career to date.

What can fans expect from your set at Slam Dunk? How do you select which songs to add to your set?

Slam dunk is a special one for us. We all used to go way before we were in a band, so we’re always excited when we get to play. Slam Dunk deserves a certain kind of energy, so we definitely aim to change the set list up a little bit. We haven’t actually chosen yet so you’ll have to wait & see.

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

This year is STACKED. There is way too many bands playing this year, I’ll never be able to see everybody that I want to see. I’ll definitely be watching Bad Religion & anti flag though. Even if we clash I’m gonna be at there set. I joke!

You’ve played Slam Dunk in the past-what are your favourite memories of playing this festival?

Honestly, I feel like slam dunk is our home. Both times playing it have been super special. So many of our friends play & spectate every year, so both times we played it have just been 2 awesome memories. 

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

Oh yeah number 1 in the UK for sure. Probably edging up there world wide now too! From what they started with in the Cockpit in Leeds, to what they have now is quite the success story. Can’t wait to see the location this year.

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

We’re taking some time to think about new music, and I’m sure you’ll see us somewhere in the world this year!