At the other side of the same month, Slam Dunk filled the bank holiday weekend’s Saturday at the end of May. From its early years, this event has grown from an indoor punk gathering and to an outdoor multi-stage happening. Temple Newsam showered revellers with all conditions in its single day at this year’s biggest ever Slam Dunk, who pogoed nonetheless to an impressive list of names, including NOFX, All Time Low and Bullet For My Valentine.
Out of Leeds and down south to Sheffield, Tramlines started sodden with sweeping sideways sleet over beautifully bleak Yorkshire hills, to surprise Aussie newcomers Planet and to reassure Welsh warriors Manic Street Preachers. This is not the stuff to stop this crowd, and by the weekend the rain rain had gone away and didn’t come back another day, not for The Courteeners, not for Lewis Capaldi, and not for the singing along out loud crowd.
The following week, July showed itself to be quite the month of climate change, fluctuating from the hottest day ever recorded on the Thursday to thunderous skies circling Deer Shed on the Friday. This glorious festival filled with all ages, quickly swapping pumps and shorts for macs and wellies. Somehow, the downpours emphasised the beauty of this North Yorkshire showcase, as the volunteers remained smiling, the site remained usable, and the music remained magnificent.
Whilst the open air main stage continued with terrific sets from headliners Anna Calvi, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Ezra Furman, the covered second stage came into its own, not just as shelter from the storm, but as a joyous atmosphere for the likes of enchanting indie kids Penelope Isles, hardcore doom showmen Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, and political psych toe tappers She Drew The Gun. A uniquely inspired and inspiring festival that the weather is powerless to prevent the families of music lovers from enjoying. Unstoppable.
But the gloom would not relent, and over the following days tried to cause havoc on the same side of the county for Richmond Live. Despite flooding from the overflowing River Swale submerging set ups in advance, organisers were determined for this lovely local festival to go ahead. Not only were folk not put off, they came out en masse towards capacity for the festival’s largest ever turn out to see headlining favourites The Lightning Seeds light up a dark night.