Slam Dunk Festival 2016 Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage line-up announced
PUBLISHED: 10:53 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 17 March 2016
Organisers of Hatfield's Slam Dunk Festival have announced the line-up playing the Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage.
Slam Dunk South will rock the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.
And nine of the most exciting new bands around will be gracing the Kerrang! curated stage on the May Bank Holiday weekend in Hatfield and sister sites Leeds and Birmingham.
Confirmed are New Years Day, Creeper, Beautiful Bodies, Blood Youth, Cane Hill, Dead!, Boston Manor, Waterparks and With Confidence.
Having kicked off the year with two tours of the UK, supporting Motionless In White and then Escape The Fate, New Years Day return to headline the Kerrang! stage at Slam Dunk for this exclusive festival appearance.
Armed with Gothic tinged, hard-rocking anthems from 2015’s Malevolence, Ash Costello and her band of not so merry men will remind the crowds at Slam Dunk why they are one of the hottest new bands in the US right now.
Creeper, one of the breakout British rock bands over the past year, have been added to the line-up.
Singer Will Gould said: “We are extremely excited to be performing at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.
“It is a festival we’ve been attending for years and has become a staple of the summer for the UK scene.
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2016 VENUES
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
“We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure our Slam Dunk debut is something to remember.”
Pure Noise records and UK punk-rockers Boston Manor are also announced, having toured with the likes of fellow Slam Dunk bands Moose Blood and As It Is.
The band said: “We’re excited to be playing one of the fastest growing independent festivals in the UK along with so many of our friends.
“There’s a host of some of the best up and coming bands in the country as well as bands we’ve looked up to since we were teenagers.
“It should be a really cool few days.”
Epitaph Records’ Beautiful Bodies will be taking to the Slam Dunk Hatfield stage for the first time.
The female fronted alternative rock band from Kansas City have an unapologetically loud-and-hooky style.
Raging New Orleans rock outfit Cane Hill will be making their live UK debut at the festival, ahead of the release of their full-length album Smile.
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
Blood Youth are also added to the bill.
“We are all very excited to be playing Slam Dunk this year alongside so many amazing bands,” said Blood Youth’s Kaya Tarsus.
“Playing this festival has been one of our main goals since we started, it’s going to be a very good time!”
London punks Dead! are another band excited about playing Slam Dunk.
Lead singer Alex Mountford said: “To all the people who have been hassling us to play Slam Dunk... well, here you go! You ask, we listen.”
Texans Waterparks have just released their new EP Cluster, via Equal Vision Records.
Cluster was recorded with producers Benji Madden, of Good Charlotte fame, and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low).
Completing the stage’s line-up are With Confidence, who will be making the trip from Sydney, Australia, to play the festival for the first time.
The band have toured with many SDF favourites and recently signed with Hopeless Records.
American album chart-toppers Panic! At The Disco will headline the main stage at Slam Dunk, with Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Every Time I Die also on the line-up poster.
As well as Slam Dunk South at The Forum Hertfordshire, the festival will also visit Leeds City Centre on Saturday, May 28 and NEC Birmingham on Sunday, May 29.
Tickets are on sale now priced £42, or £47 including after-party.
**** SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2016 LINE-UP UPDATED:
PANIC! AT THE DISCO (headliners)
OF MICE & MEN
NEW FOUND GLORY
FOUR YEAR STRONG
EVERY TIME I DIE
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
THE STORY SO FAR
SET YOUR GOALS
THE STARTING LINE
WE CAME AS ROMANS
MISS MAY I
HIT THE LIGHTS
THE KING BLUES
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM
THE WORLD ALIVE
CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!
AS IT IS
HEART OF A COWARD
THE ONE HUNDRED
**** Latest additions ****
*** *Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage ****
NEW YEARS DAY