Deaf Havana join Slam Dunk Festival 2017 line-up
PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 27 February 2017
More bands have been added to the Slam Dunk 2017 line-up including Deaf Havana and festival favourites We Are The Ocean.
Following the news that American rockers Madina Lake are reforming to play Slam Dunk Festival to mark their 10th anniversary, organisers have revealed a whole host of new acts joining the 2017 bill.
Alt-rock stars Deaf Havana will join the Slam Dunk 2017 party in Hatfield on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, following the release of their fourth studio album All These Countless Nights last month.
Also added to the SDF17 line-up are Frank Ireo and the Patience, We Are The Ocean, The Maine, Crime in Stereo, Sorority Noise, Too Close to Touch, WSTR, Seaway, Boston Manor and Stray From The Path.
The latest additions join already announced main stage headliners Enter Shikari on the bill set to rock Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.
Also appearing over the weekend are the likes of Beartooth, Neck Deep, Tonight Alive, Don Broco, Against Me! and many more across the festival’s eight stages.
The last few years have been busy for Deaf Havana, having supported Bruce Springsteen and broken into the UK top 10.
The Norfolk band released their fourth studio album All These Countless Nights, announced their much-anticipated international tour, and are now revealed to play Slam Dunk Festival 2017.
Formed by the former guitarist for My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero and the Patience are a punk rock band that have already toured with the likes of The Used, Taking Back Sunday and Mallory Knox.
They will return to the UK in May for their Slam Dunk Festival debut.
We Are The Ocean’s performance at Slam Dunk Festival 2017 will be bittersweet, given the news that they will be calling it quits this year.
Festival organisers are delighted that one of their last ever shows will be at Slam Dunk.
A firm Slam Dunk favourite, they have played the festival more times than any other band.
Slam Dunk Festival 2017 dates
• Saturday, May 27
Slam Dunk Midlands: Birmingham, NEC.
• Sunday, May 28
Slam Dunk North: Leeds, City Centre.
• Bank Holiday Monday, May 29
Slam Dunk South: Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire / The Forum Hertfordshire.
Arizona’s heartthrobs The Maine also join the line-up, and will no doubt bring with them new material from their upcoming Lovely, Little, Lonely album, which is set to drop in April this year.
The Maine’s John O’Callaghan said: “The British aren’t necessarily known for their basketball prowess, but they are known for their domination over rock ‘n’ roll, which is why we can’t wait to score a home run and shoot a touchdown at Slam Dunk with this gnarly line-up.”
Also announced today are Crime in Stereo, Long Island’s answer to hardcore punk, Conneticut’s Sorority Noise, who will bring their anthemic brand of emo to the festival, and Too Close To Touch whose solid blend of pop and post-hardcore will get crowds going.
Slam Dunk Festival headliners
2006: Fall Out Boy
2007: Reel Big Fish / Paramore
2008: Boys Like Girls / Cute is What We Aim For
2009: You Me At Six
2010: New Found Glory
2011: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish
2012: Taking Back Sunday
2013: All Time Low
2014: The All-American Rejects
2015: You Me At Six
2016: Panic! At The Disco
2017: Enter Shikari
Pop-punk new bloods WSTR will join Canadian heavyweights Seaway and homegrown front-runners Boston Manor at the festival.
Bringing the heavy, Long Island metalcore titans Stray From The Path will also be appearing across the weekend.
On their return to the festival, Henry Cox of Boston Manor said: “We’re really looking forward to playing this year’s Slam Dunk.
“The festival last year was a real highlight for us. This year is going to be more sweaty and more intense.”
Kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday, May 27, the touring festival will travel to Leeds city centre on Sunday, May 28 for Slam Dunk North before finishing up at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus in Hatfield on Monday, May 29 for the event’s closing leg.
Slam Dunk is set to get even bigger across the three sites this year, with the addition of the First Direct Arena in Leeds as the second stage, another outdoor stage in Hatfield and an expanded site in Birmingham.
The Fireball Stage ska and pop-punk line-up has already been confirmed, with Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish all down to play, with seven more stage splits to be announced by organisers.
Advance tickets for the festival cost £44, or £49 with after-party.
They are on sale now from the Slam Dunk website at www.slamdunkmusic.com
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2017
FULL LINE-UP TO DATE
Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, Deaf Havana, Citizen, Turnover, Frank Iero & The Patience, We Are The Ocean, Set It Off, Against Me!, The Bronx, The Maine, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Memphis May Fire, Crime In Stereo, Sorority Noise, The Movielife, Madina Lake, Stray From The Path, Trophy Eyes, Like Pacific, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cute Is What We Aim For, Too Close To Touch, We The Kings, WSTR, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, Seaway, Boston Manor, Zebrahead, Fenix TX, The Ataris, MC Lars, Oceans Ate Alaska.