The tenth anniversary of Leeds’ Slam Dunk Festival has just got bigger with eight new bands announced and some huge exclusives.
Set Your Goals, Mallory Knox, Miss May I, The Story So Far, Capdown, The Starting Line, We Came as Romans and Zebrahead will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and many more already announced to appear at the May bank holiday event.
Slam Dunk Festival’s Ben Ray says: “This announcement again really feels like it represents the anniversary of the festival, Capdown who played the very first event, Set Your Goals reforming to play, The Starting Line with a very rare UK appearance, and Zebrahead who have so much fun they want to play every year!
“There’s also still so many bands to be announced, it’s going to be a great year!”
Set Your Goals are back and Slam Dunk 16 has the exclusive on these reunion shows.
“We are thrilled to be back on Slam Dunk this year. We’ve taken much time off and it only felt right that our first festival back be with you guys. We want to thank everyone attending for inviting us over and we hope to give you one of the best shows of 2016!” says the band.
Ohio boys MISS MAY I will be bringing the mosh with their epic live metal performance. This will be their first trip to the UK since the release of perhaps their best album to date, Deathless.
Mallory Knox have enjoyed huge success since the release of their second album, Asymmetry. With Radio 1 A-list plays under their belt, tours with some of the biggest bands in the scene, a sold out London Roadhouse show and various magazine covers, the band will be sure to be one of the big draws of the event.
“I get the same amount of excited for Slam Dunk every year since it has been on my radar and I love that,” says front man Mikey. “Whether we are playing or just attending to watch it’s always a weekend that’s one of the highlights of my year. With the line-up this year, I have no doubts 2016 will be much the same.”
The Story So Far will be another festival exclusive. After recently selling out their UK tour in December and releasing their brilliant self-titled album via Pure Noise Records they have cemented themselves as one of the best pop-punk bands around in recent years.
Capdown played the very first SDF in 2006, so will be making a welcome return for these anniversary shows.
Always a festival favourite, Capdown will be sure to unleash their uniquely British ska punk sound, which promises to be one of the most energetic performances over the weekend.
The Starting Line were always one of the forerunners from the Drive-Thru Records era and the band played SDF in 2011, just before the anniversary of the their seminal album ‘Say It Like You Mean It’.
The band have recently announced the release of ‘Anyways’, a three-track EP which is their first studio release in eight years. Slam Dunk will be the only chance to see them this summer.
American Metalcore band We Came As Romans will also join the bill. The band have seen massive success with their first three full-length albums and most recently, their 2015 self-titled album, each topping 100,000 sales in the US alone. The band’s recent live DVD release Present, Future, and Past debuted at number one on the Billboard DVD charts, beating Metallica for the top spot.
Zebrahead have become part of the Slam Dunk family and as the band says: “Slam Dunk Festival has always been a blast. This is our third time playing and we are really looking forward to coming back for the shows. The crowds are always crazy and come to have a good time.”
The Slam Dunk Festival North takes place in Leeds City Centre at various venues, including Millennium Square on Saturday, May 28. Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for all ticketing links.