Slam Dunk Festival 2011 to return to University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:32 21 February 2011

We Are The Ocean on the outdoor stage at the 2010 Slam Dunk Festival held at the University of Hertfordshire's Forum in Hatfield [Picture: Jordan Klugman]

We Are The Ocean on the outdoor stage at the 2010 Slam Dunk Festival held at the University of Hertfordshire's Forum in Hatfield [Picture: Jordan Klugman]

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THE Slam Dunk music festival will return to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield for a second time in May.

Slam Dunk Festival 2011

Organisers have confirmed the event will once again take place on the Forum site in College Lane over the final May Bank Holiday weekend.

The two-site festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will first hit Leeds University on Saturday, May 28 and then Hatfield the following afternoon.

Despite teething troubles at the Forum last year with overcrowding and huge difficulties in getting between the various stages, Slam Dunk founder Ben Ray has made it his priority to ensure the festival runs as smoothly as possible in 2011.

The southern leg of Slam Dunk in Hatfield will use a different site layout to iron out last year’s problems, with the main stage and merchandise village being outdoors this time.

We Are The Ocean on the Jagermeister outdoor stage at the Slam Dunk Festival held at the University of Hertfordshire's Forum in Hatfield [Picture: Jordan Klugman]

“Increased and improved security will ensure a smooth flow of people between all the stages,” the festival founder said.

“The dates have also been swapped around to give the venue time to recover from its Summer Ball on the Friday night, which caused us problems last year.”

A Slam Dunk 2011 exclusive, the festival will see joint headliners Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish playing together in the UK for the first time ever.

Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello said: “We’re stoked on finally getting to tour with our great friends in Reel Big Fish in the UK and getting to do Slam Dunk as well rounds out to a perfect tour.”

We Are The Ocean are another band confirmed for the festival, after also playing the Hatfield Slam Dunk last year.

Organiser Ben Ray added: “Being the 10th anniversary of Slam Dunk, it was important for me to have a line-up that truly represents the way the scene has evolved over the last 10 years.

“I am extremely happy to have some of the bands that inspired me to start the club night from which the festival evolved from.”


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