Slam Dunk Festival 2017 line-up: Crossfaith and more added in latest announcement
More bands have been added to the sold out Slam Dunk Festival coming to Hatfield in May.
The touring alternative rock festival returns to the University of Hertfordshire on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
After confirming all tickets for Slam Dunk South have now been sold, organisers today (Wednesday) announced another wave of bands appearing at the pop-punk extravaganza, which also visits Birmingham and Leeds over the same weekend.
Joining the Slam Dunk 2017 party are Japanese electronic masters Crossfaith, Australians With Confidence and pop-punk trio Waterparks.
They will appear at this year’s shindig alongside Decade, Counterfeit, Milk Teeth, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Black Foxxes, Hertfordshire’s Fort Hope, Shvpes and Puppy.
The festival’s latest additions join already confirmed Slam Dunk main stage headliners Enter Shikari, plus the likes of Beartooth, Deaf Havana, Neck Deep, Don Broco, Bowling for Soup, Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish.
Known for their relentless touring, Crossfaith are recognised for their frenzied fusion of heavy metal and blistering electronica.
On their return to the festival, Crossfaith said: “We love playing Slam Dunk, and 2017 is going to be Crossfaith’s best performance at the festival ever.
“The New Age Warriors are coming to get you, and we can’t wait to see all of our fans in the UK. Let’s go!”
Energetic Aussie quartet With Confidence and hotly-tipped Texan trio Waterparks both made their debut at last year’s Slam Dunk Festival – and are set to rip things up again this year.
On the Brit-punk front, this year the festival has enrolled a myriad of homegrown stars for the line-up, including Milk Teeth, London boys Counterfeit and Decade, who appear off the back of their recently released infectious sophomore album Pleasantries.
Known for his expert musicianship, singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon returns to Slam Dunk Festival, this time as Andrew McMahon in The Wilderness.
The Emmy-nominated frontman of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corportate returns with his latest solo album, Zombies on Broadway, the follow up to McMahon’s eponymous debut album that included the Gold-selling, cross-genre US hit Cecilia in the Satellite.
Zombies on Broadway showcases McMahon’s blend of piano-pop-rock and was listed as one of Music Week’s key releases alongside Sampha and Ryan Adams.
McMahon talks about New York City as the inspiration behind Zombies on Broadway.
“I wrote this album in the middle of a whirlwind, when the future was unclear,” he said.
“I found my way to the city, thinking I could settle a score with a ghost. You can’t, so I came home and rewrote the ending.
McMahon was the frontman of alternative acts Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin before embarking on his solo career.
In recent years he has performed with Weezer and Panic! At The Disco on their huge US tour, and also received his first credits in musical theatre, penning songs for the NBC series Smash.
Aside from his professional successes, McMahon is an 11-year survivor of leukaemia and founder of the Dear Jack Foundation, one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) specific cancer foundations which advocates for and supports initiatives that benefit AYAs diagnosed with cancer.
Storming onto the scene with debut album I’m Not Well, Exeter three-piece Black Foxxes mix killer riffs and hypnotic choruses.
Returning to the festival after memorable performances in 2015 are Hertfordshire’s Fort Hope, Birmingham metallers Shvpes and London’s Puppy.
Slam Dunk 2017 kicks off at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday, May 27.
The festival will then travel to Leeds on Sunday, May 28 before finishing up in Hatfield on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
Although the closing Hatfield leg has sold out, tickets are still available for Slam Dunk Midlands and Slam Dunk North.
They are priced £44, or £49 with after-party, with the Leeds show set to sell out soon.
• Tickets are available from www.slamdunkmusic.com
• SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2017 LINE-UP
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
Bowling For Soup
Less Than Jake
Reel Big Fish
We Are The Ocean
Frank Iero & The Patience
We The Kings
Cute Is What We Aim For
Memphis May Fire
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Set It Off
Crime In Stereo
Stray From The Path
Ice Nine Kills
Oceans Ate Alaska
Too Close To Touch
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