Slam Dunk Festival 2018 Breakout Stage line-up announced

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 01 March 2018

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield


The line-up for the Breakout Stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield has been announced.

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Slam Dunk will take place at its new South home in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, May 27.

And organisers of the touring pop punk, ska punk and alt-rock event have revealed that Palaye Royale, Sleep On It, Stand Atlantic, Milestones, Chapel, Dream State, Holding Absence, The Faim and Grayscale have been added to the bill.

They are set to perform on the Breakout Stage, which returns for its second year under the curation of Rock Sound Magazine.

In addition to these new names, Slam Dunk and Rock Sound are giving undiscovered bands the chance to play the festival.

Slam Dunk 2018 will be co-headlined by Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World as it moves from the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus and The Forum Hertfordshire to an expanded site in Hatfield Park this Spring May Bank Holiday weekend.

Of the new additions, Palaye Royale are one of the most talked-about bands of the moment.

Reinventing alt-pop with theatrical charisma and gritty guitars, the Las Vegas-based trio have taken the rock world by storm and they will be making their Slam Dunk Festival debut.

Fast-rising Chicago natives Sleep On It have also joined the line-up.

Boasting sing-a-longs such as See You Around, A New Way Home and the energetic single Fireworks, which features State Champs’ frontman Derek DiScanio, Sleep On It will rock up to Slam Dunk Festival in May.

Loaded with melodic hooks, dynamic drums, and catchy choruses delivered by vocalist Bonnie Fraser, Stand Atlantic are poised to make the Breakout Stage their own.

Slam Dunk will be a landmark performance for Manchester’s Milestones, who exploded onto the scene with their debut full-length album Red Lights, released earlier this year.

Milestones said: “We’ve been wanting to play Slam Dunk ever since forming the band, so it’s definitely going to be great doing it this year with so many of our mates!”

Sugar-coated electro-pop duo Chapel will bring their ’80s inspired pop-punk to the Slam Dunk party, appearing in perfect contrast to South Wales melodic hardcore troupe Dream State.

In addition to these new acts, Holding Absence, The Faim and Philadelphia’s Grayscale promise Slam Dunk debut performances on the Breakout Stage.

Hotly-tipped by the likes of Pete Wentz and Goldfinger hitmaker John Feldmann, Australian alt-rock quartet The Faim are sure to get the crowd singing if their debut single Saints of The Sinners is anything to go by.

The Faim said: “We’re so excited to be playing Slam Dunk Festival in the UK alongside bands that have had a huge influence on us over the years, including Good Charlotte, PVRIS, Jimmy Eat World, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs and many more.

“We couldn’t be more pumped to play our first major festival in the UK at Slam Dunk.”

In the biggest line-up to date, Slam Dunk 2018 is set to play host to an unparalleled exhibition of pop-punk movers and shakers.

The festival will welcome blistering headline performances from Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World, reunion exclusives from Thursday and The Audition, as well as highly anticipated sets from the likes of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, PVRIS, Taking Back Sunday, Creeper, Every Time I Die and Sleeping With Sirens.

As well as visiting Hatfield on Sunday, May 27, Slam Dunk Festival will drop in on Leeds city centre on Saturday, May 26 and Birmingham’s NEC on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.

Tickets for Slam Dunk cost £49, or £55 with after-party, all subject to booking fees.

• Tickets are on sale now and are available from


Good Charlotte

Jimmy Eat World


Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Taking Back Sunday

Sleeping With Sirens

State Champs

Twin Atlantic

Reel Big Fish


Every Time I Die


Thursday (UK reunion exclusive)

Four Year Strong

The Skints


The Audition (Worldwide reunion exclusive)

Set Your Goals

Real Friends

Knuckle Puck



Save Ferris

Comeback Kid

Crown The Empire


Trash Boat



Can’t Swim

Palaye Royale

Sleep On It

Stand Atlantic



Dream State

Holding Absence

The Faim


+ more acts to be announced.

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