Slam Dunk Festival 2016 third line-up announcement: Yellowcard and Mayday Parade added to bill
PUBLISHED: 11:48 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 10 February 2016
Organisers have announced the third wave of bands playing this year's Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield, including Yellowcard and Mayday Parade.
Slam Dunk 2016 will return to The Forum Hertfordshire site on the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.
This year’s pop punk, ska punk, rock and metalcore event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.
And Slam Dunk promoters added a further eight bands to the 2016 line-up this morning (Wednesday), with more to follow.
Added to the bill are Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Hit The Lights, Roam, Northlane, Hacktivist, Cancer Bats and Norma Jean.
They join already announced main stage headliners and American album chart-toppers Panic! At The Disco on the line-up poster for the touring festival.
Others set to appear in Hatfield, Leeds and Birmingham over the late May Bank Holiday weekend include Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and Mallory Knox.
Yellowcard will be playing the Kerrang! award-winning festival for the first time.
The American rock band will perform their 2003 fourth studio album Ocean Avenue in full, in a world exclusive.
“I think we owe so much of the success we have been so lucky to have to Ocean Avenue,” said lead singer Ryan Key.
“We have built an incredible touring career on six continents over the last 15 years.
“We have recorded five more original albums following Ocean Avenue.
“Without that album none of these things would have been possible. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Florida’s Mayday Parade have played the festival twice before, in 2011 and the following year.
The American pop punks say they are “stoked” to be a part of this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.
The band added: “We always look forward to travelling across the pond to play music for our UK fans and can’t wait to do again in 2016.”
Eastbourne pop punks Roam will also make a welcome return to the festival.
Vocalist Alex Costello said: “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk again.
“Playing last year was one of the highlights of 2015 for us and I think this year will be even better now we have an album out.
“In my opinion it’s one of the best festivals in the UK, especially for pop punk bands. It’s definitely going to be one to remember.”
Aussies Northlane will play songs of their Australian number one album Node.
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
The group said: “Every time we visit the UK we’re welcomed with open arms, and always look forward to crossing the globe because the Brits make it worth it.
“Festivals are the most fun you can have playing in a band, and Slam Dunk is one of the best there is.
“We can’t wait to come over to the UK again.”
Grimcore crew Hacktivist play Slam Dunk in the wake of the release of their debut album Outside The Box.
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
A confident and bleeding-edge mash-up of genres like that of their brothers-in-vibe Enter Shikari, Hacktivist are a force to be reckoned with and an unstoppable live band.
Canadians Cancer Bats are also added to the bill, having also played the festival twice, in 2012 and 2013.
Frontman Liam Corimer said: “We’re so stoked to announce that we’ll be playing Slam Dunk this summer.
“It’s gonna be epic!”
Fans of heavy, loud rock ‘n’ roll won’t be disappointed this year with the addition of Georgia’s Norma Jean for a Slam Dunk debut.
Hit The Lights will once again fly over from America to play the festival, having previously appeared in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
The band released their fourth album Summer Bones last year and are always a big Slam Dunk crowd pleaser with their pop punk sound.
Tickets for all three legs of Slam Dunk are on sale now priced £42, or £47 including after-party.
The festival is for age 14 plus (festival only) and 18 plus for the after-party tickets.
Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for all ticketing links.
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2016 LINE-UP UPDATED:
PANIC! AT THE DISCO
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
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