Slam Dunk Festival 2016 dates and a new venue confirmed

PUBLISHED: 10:57 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 November 2015

Slam Dunk Festival 2016 in Hatfield, Leeds and new site Birmingham will be headlined by Panic! At The Disco

Slam Dunk Festival 2016 in Hatfield, Leeds and new site Birmingham will be headlined by Panic! At The Disco


Slam Dunk Festival 2016 dates and venues have been confirmed by organisers – with one of the shows at a new site next year.

Of Mice & Men will appear at Slam Dunk Festival 2016Of Mice & Men will appear at Slam Dunk Festival 2016

Promoters of the touring pop punk, ska, emo and metalcore event announced today (Wednesday) that Panic! At The Disco will headline next year’s 10th anniversary festival.

The line-up also includes Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire and Every Time I Die.

Next year will see some huge upgrades to the Kerrang! award-winning festival.

Following the success of this year, the Leeds site will remain in the city centre, with a new site being announced at the Birmingham NEC.

Slam Dunk Festival headliners

2006: Fall Out Boy

2007: Reel Big Fish / Parmore

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

The Southern date will remain in Hatfield, at the University of Hertfordshire.

This will bring the capacity up to 40,000 fans across the bank holiday weekend.

Slam Dunk South will return to The Forum Hertfordshire complex.

The festival first took place at the College Lane site in May 2010.


Saturday, May 28, 2016: Slam Dunk Festival North – Leeds City Centre

Sunday, May 29, 2016: Slam Dunk Festival Midlands – Birmingham, NEC

Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, 2016: Slam Dunk Festival South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire

Unlike this year’s showpiece, which was held in Hatfield on a Sunday, Slam Dunk South 2016 will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.

That’s not the only change for 2016.

Slam Dunk Midlands will no longer be held in Wolverhampton, with the festival moving to Birmingham next year.

After three years in Wolverhampton city centre, the event will now be taking place at The NEC in Birmingham.

This will actually be the first time a multi-stage music festival takes place at the world famous venue, using a combination of the Genting Arena, indoor Pavilions and outdoor stages around them.

This much bigger new site also boasts the fact it is the best connected venue in the UK, being the only venue with an onsite airport and train station.

The site is also located next to the heart of the UK’s motorway network with masses of onsite parking.

In Leeds, Slam Dunk North venues include Millennium Square, the O2 Academy, Leeds Beckett Uni, Bar Bar, and other outdoor stages.

Festival founder and director Ben Ray said: “2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Slam Dunk Festival.

“I had no idea back then what I thought would be a one-off event would still be going now, let alone continued to grow to the size it has become.

“Because of the anniversary, it was important for this year to be special.”

In celebration of the 10th anniversary, the remaining line-up will contain many bands that have played over the last 10 years.

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