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Festival Preview: Slam Dunk 2017

Five years ago, if you’d have asked most of us here at Metal Recusants whether we’d cover a festival like Slam Dunk, we’d tell you to dream on. However, as said festival continues to grow, incidentally so have we over the years. And yours truly isn’t always destined to cover death and black metal, so I have previewed a rundown of Slam Dunk, which has established itself as one of the country’s most versatile and highly anticipated festivals in the UK today.

Slam Dunk itself takes its name from a club night held at Leeds’ Cockpit music venue, which is where the festival originated back in 2006. At the eponymous debut festival, it was initially a one-day event held in the city’s Millennium Square, the event has now prospered and flourished to such a degree now that it has attracted bands such as Fall Out Boy, Reel Big Fish, Paramore, Cancer Bats, Architects, Gallows, Of Mice & Men and so much more.

Now we get the specifics of the festival itself:

Slam Dunk takes place across the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-29 May, and takes place at three separate venues and regions. On Saturday 27th, the festival takes place at the NEC in Birmingham in the Midlands. The day after, Sunday 28th May sees Slam Dunk take to the north of England in Leeds in the City Centre, on its home soil. Rounding off the weekend on Monday (for those readers who are abroad, this day is also like a Saturday at this time of year in the UK), the festival concludes at The University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, which is just about 20 minutes from Kings Cross.

It’s the same lineup across all three dates, so as much of the UK can experience the festival as possible. And that lineup is mostly complete. Check out the full lineup listed below:

JAGERMEISTER STAGE
Enter Shikari
(special 10 year anniversary Take To The Skies setlist)
Don Broco

Deaf Havana
Beartooth
Bury Tomorrow
We Are The Ocean
Crossfaith
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

FIREBALL STAGE
Bowling For Soup

Less Than Jake
Reel Big Fish
Goldfinger
Mad Caddies
Zebrahead
The Ataris
Fenix TX

MONSTER STAGE
Neck Deep

The Movielife
We The Kings
The Maine
Cute Is What We Aim For
WSTR
Trophy Eyes
Like Pacific

THE KEY CLUB STAGE
Tonight Alive

Set It Off
Seaway
Waterparks
With Confidence
Boston Manor
Black Foxxes
Decade
Fort Hope

SIGNATURE BREW STAGE
Against Me!

The Bronx
Frank Iero And The Patience
Citizen
Turnover
Crime In Stereo
Milk Teeth
Sorority Noise
Puppy

IMPERICON STAGE
Memphis May Fire

Madina Lake
Stray From The Path
I Prevail
Counterfeit
Ice Nine Kills
Oceans Ate Alaska
SHVPES
Too Close To Touch

ROCK SOUND BREAKOUT STAGE
Area 11

Casey
Homebound
Makeout
Ocean Grove
Sylar
The Gospel Youth
Vukovi
**Competition Winner

Check out the poster below:

The lineup as expected is a mixture of pop punk, ska, rock and modern metal music, with such a plethora of offers on all eight stages, any attendee would find it difficult to find something that wasn’t fresh, exciting and innovative. Slam Dunk has notoriously proven hallowed ground, showcasing some phenomenal bands and musicians across a broad spectrum of scenes and genres.

There are an equal amount of stages at all three events, both indoor and outdoor, and all bands will play all three dates.

#SDF16 – Thank you!

Can you find yourself in our #SDF16 round up video? We can't wait for #SDF17 and are happy to announce Enter Shikari will be headlining, tickets are now on-sale @ http://slamdunkmusic.com – See you next year!!

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Doors for the event will be open from 1:00pm and the bands will finish by 11:00pm, with afterparties finishing at 3:00am (all are 18+ and require photo ID). All festival events are 14+.

This lineup looks as stacked as ever, and believe it or not, there are still acts to be announced. There are a bunch of acoustic artists and DJs due to be announced for the respective lineup afterparties, plus the Rock Sound competition winners who will open up the Rock Sound Breakout Stage.

Metal Recusants will provide an in-depth look at some of the bands playing the festival later this month, so stay tuned!

 

Tickets and information

Midlands:
Luna Tickets
See Tickets
Ticketweb

North:
Luna Tickets (less than 100 tickets left!)
All other vendors SOLD OUT

South:
ALL vendors SOLD OUT

Slam Dunk online:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

About Dan Walton (171 Articles)
Dan (or Danuel as many know him) is the newest member of the editorial team of MetalRecusants, after being a contributing writer for a few years. He spends his days sending emails, editing, drinking coffee or listening to some form of Australian metal. He can usually be spotted wearing his Northlane windbreaker around the mean streets of Shoreditch. Find him on Twitter: @DanuelKC - he tweets about sports a lot.

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