Young Guns fired up for Slam Dunk Festival

Young Guns, heading for the 2016 Slam Dunk Festival.

Young Guns, heading for the 2016 Slam Dunk Festival.

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Organisers of the tenth anniversary Slam Dunk Festival have added a further 11 bands to the line-up for this year’s event in Leeds city centre on Saturday, May 28.

Acts newly confirmed for the ever improving event are Young Guns, Coldrain, As It Is, Trash Boat, WSTR, King Prawn, Spunge, Heart Of A Coward, Astroid Boys, The One Hundred and The Qemists.

These bands will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and many more for the May bank holiday event.

Following a highly successful touring cycle in 2015 promoting their latest record ‘Ones and Zeros’, which saw the band cover more ground than ever before, the London five-piece Young Guns prepare to return to home soil with their first UK appearances in 2016 at Slam Dunk Festival.

Japanese rock band Coldrain will return to the UK this May with their first ever run of headline shows, on top of their appearance at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.

Earlier this year, the band released their video for “Wrong”! It was shot during their recent European tour with Bullet For My Valentine and While She Sleeps (who cameo in the video). “Wrong” is taken from the band’s acclaimed album, Vena, which was released last October.

It’s been an impressive year since the release of As It Is’ ‘Never Happy, Ever After’, a UK top 40 album - non-stop worldwide touring, including an entire summer on the legendary Vans Warped Tour stateside has seen the hotly-tipped quintet begin their ascent towards pop-punk greatness.

Last year saw St Albans quintet Trash Boat tour their Brainwork EP, appear at a selection of festivals and tour with the likes of Real Friends, Less Than Jake and As It Is. The band are currently gearing up for the release of their debut album, which will be released later this year through Hopeless Records.

Liverpool’s WSTR had a huge start to their career in 2015. Having only been a band for 12 months and still in single figures on live shows prior to their September debut EP release for SKRWD, via No Sleep Records, the band have now racked up some pretty hefty accolades. Playing with Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and Creeper to name a few, glowing reviews and extensive print magazine coverage and Radio 1 plays, 2016 has their growing fan base eagerly awaiting what their debut LP has to offer.

King Prawn shall be taking a break from recording their fifth studio album to make a rare UK appearance at Slam Dunk Festival 2016. This band set the benchmark and re-defined ska-punk in the late 90s, the re-tuned line-up are preparing to skank their way through 23 years of classic live favourites, with a small taste of what to expect from their next record.

“We’re buzzing about our new songs and excited to be playing Slam Dunk again this year”, says Prawn guitarist Devil Hands,

“We’ll be firing on all seven cylinders and unleashing the Wildstyle, there shall be no mercy whatsoever.”

Following the release of their latest album of all new songs – “Hang On?” and the success of their “Greatest hit…s” in 2013, this year marks 20 years of being a genuine, homegrown, DIY, grass roots, hard working British band for Spunge, who return to Slam Dunk and also embark on a nine-date UK headline tour.

Heart Of A Coward will be returning to Slam Dunk Festival this year with recently released third album ‘Deliverance’ under their belts. This will be a set not to be missed.

Last year saw the release of Astroid Boys’ highly anticipated second EP, seeing the band tour and play with acts as diverse as Skepta, Trash Talk, Stormzy and King 810 as well as a largely sold-out headline tour. The band are reportedly working on the release of their debut album for a 2016 release. Their Slam Dunk Festival appearance falls in the middle of their European Tour supporting Issues.

The One Hundred are in the process of writing their debut album and are currently on tour with Crossfaith and will be joining both We Came As Romans and Miss May I for a short run of dates in the week ahead of Slam Dunk Festival.

Hot on the heels of their tours with Enter Shikari and Crossfaith, Brighton dance-rockers The Qemists come to Slam Dunk Festival armed with an arsenal of bangers from their latest album ‘Warrior Sound’ out now on Amazing Record Co.

Tickets for the Slam Dunk Festival are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty.

Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for all ticketing links.