Extra security searches as Slam Dunk Festival goes ahead following Manchester terror attack

PUBLISHED: 17:51 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 24 May 2017

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield

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Organisers have confirmed that this Bank Holiday weekend’s sold-out Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield will go ahead as planned, despite last night’s Manchester suicide bombing.

St Albans band Enter Shikari will headline Slam Dunk Festival 2017, which returns to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield St Albans band Enter Shikari will headline Slam Dunk Festival 2017, which returns to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Following the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, promoters of touring music festival Slam Dunk have reassured ticket holders heading to this weekend’s shows in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield.

The closing leg of the tour, Slam Dunk South, takes place at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus and The Forum Hertfordshire on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.

A statement from Slam Dunk Festival said: “We are saddened and shocked by the attack that took place in Manchester last night.

“Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by the events in any way and our deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost their lives and their families.

“We would like to reassure you that Slam Dunk Festival will take place this weekend as planned.

“Due to existing Government guidance on the current terrorist threat level, security was already at a very high level, and this of course will continue.”

The Hatfield leg of the touring pop-punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock festival has sold out, with more than 10,000 fans expected at the university.

Slam Dunk organisers said: “There will be intensive bag searches taking place on all gates – we advise you to avoid bringing a bag with you unless absolutely necessary, as this will delay your entrance.

“Searches will also be carried out on the gates to all events.

“If you are attending one of the events this weekend please be patient when entering and re-entering the sites and allow plenty of time to get into the festival.

“We have consulted with local authorities and venues at all Slam Dunk Festival sites to ensure the safety of our customers, and will continue to follow advice from them over the coming days.”

The Slam Dunk tour is headlined by St Albans quartet Enter Shikari.

Of the Manchester attack, Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds tweeted: “Heartbreaking that some of these kids will now have the experience of live music – one usually of unity, euphoria, love – tainted by horror.”

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