As many of you will know 2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Slam Dunk Festival with organisers going all out to make it the biggest to date. In addition to the bands that have been announced previously (I’ll add a list in a minute) the festival has just added 8 more names to the bill.
YELLOWCARD are set to appear at the festival for the first time, playing their Ocean Avenue album in full. “I think we owe so much of the success we have been so lucky to have to Ocean Avenue.” says Ryan Key. “We have built an incredible touring career on 6 continents over the last 15 years. We have recorded 5 more original albums following Ocean Avenue. Without that album none of these things would have been possible. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
MAYDAY PARADE have played the festival twice before in 2011 and 2012 and they will be returning to complete the hat-trick.
Eastbourne pop-punks ROAM will be returning to the festival a 2nd time after last year’s appearance. Alex Costello says “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk again! Playing last year was one of the highlights of 2015 for us and I think this year will be even better now we have an album out. In my opinion it’s one of the best festivals in the UK, especially for pop punk bands. It’s definitely going to be one to remember.”
Australia’s NORTHLANE will also be returning. “Every time we visit the UK we’re welcomed with open arms, and always look forward to crossing the globe because the Brits make it worth it! Festivals are the most fun you can have playing in a band, and Slam Dunk is one of the best there is, We can’t wait to come over to the UK again!”
Grimecore creators HACKTIVIST will play the festival for the first time fresh off the heels of the release of their debut album Outside The Box which has established them as a band to be reckoned with.
CANCER BATS will be back having played the festival in 2012 and 2013. “We’re so stoked to announce that we’ll be playing Slam Dunk this summer! We can’t wait to party with all our homies and to tear the shit out of the stage with our brothers in Every Time I Die!!! It’s gonna be epic ! Scoop some tickets and LET’S GET WEIRD!!!!” says frontman Liam Corimer.
Georgia’s NORMA JEAN will be making their debut at the festival and bringing their brand of heavy, loud rock n roll with them.
And last but not least HIT THE LIGHTS will be hitting the stage for appearance number 5, having rocked the festival in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
These 8 bands will join PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO HEADLINE, OF MICE & MEN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG, EVERY TIME I DIE, ISSUES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, REAL FRIENDS, MALLORY KNOW, THE STARTING LINE, SET YOUR GOALS, ZEBRAHEAD, CAPDOWN, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISS MAY I, THE STORY SO FAR who have already been announced.
The dates and sites for next years’ SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL are:
Saturday 28 May 2016 – SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL North – Leeds City Centre
Sunday 29 May 2016 – SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Midlands –Birmingham, NEC
Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2016- SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire
Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. The festival is for Age 14 + (festival only) or 18+ for the afterparty tickets.
For the first time, due to popular demand, there is also a limited edition Mega Ticket on sale for £150. This ticket includes admittance to all 3 events and includes afterparties, wristband exchange queue jumps and a limited edition t-shirt.
Visit http://slamdunkmusic.com/ for all ticketing links.