Slam Dunk Festival 2017 second line-up announcement confirmed
PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 19:52 26 November 2016
Promoters of Slam Dunk 2017 have made their second line-up announcement for the music festival's biggest year yet.
The pop punk, ska punk, metalcore and rock festival returns to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield next year on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
Headlined by electronic masterminds Enter Shikari as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album Take To The Skies, the festival welcomes Bedford’s alt-rock men of the moment Don Broco in a festival exclusive.
The second wave of Slam Dunk acts announced today (Wednesday) also includes pop-punk favourites Bowling for Soup, ska punk outfit Less Than Jake, Californian ska mob Reel Big Fish, and American East Coast pop-rock powerhouses We the Kings and Cute Is What We Aim For.
The annual touring festival kicks off next year in Birmingham on Saturday, May 27 with Slam Dunk Midlands at the NEC.
St Albans quartet Enter Shikari and the rest of the SD17 festival line-up will then pitch up in Leeds city centre on Sunday, May 28 for Slam Dunk North.
The three-day pop punk and alternative rock bash will reach its climax in Hatfield at the University of Hertfordshire and The Forum Hertfordshire in College Lane on Monday, May 29 at Slam Dunk South.
After touring arenas with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and 5 Seconds of Summer, rising British alt-rock stars Don Broco are set bring their arena ‘A game’ to Slam Dunk Festival 2017, as it will be the only place to see them in this country next summer.
However, fans of the Bedford group can see them in Hatfield next month at the first Blax Xmas Ball at The Forum Hertfordshire on Saturday, December 17.
A true success story of modern alt music, Don Broco are energetic, powerful and will not disappoint as they return to the Slam Dunk stage.
The band last played the festival’s main stage in 2015, and Don Broco frontman Rob Damiani said: “Slammy D! It’s been too long.
“Can’t wait to be back at one of our favourite UK festivals next summer.
“Ben and the SD crew have always been incredibly supportive of us and the UK music scene as a whole, so it’s great to see how much the festival has grown and to be a part of it. Bring it on #SD17”
Pop-punk hall of famers Bowling for Soup will make their first ever appearance at Slam Dunk Festival in 2017.
The Texas band’s arrival on Slam Dunk soil is highly anticipated as they bring a set packed with anthems such as 1985, Girl All the Bad Guys Want and High School Never Ends.
Bowling for Soup lead vocalist and guitarist Jaret Reddick said: “We are so excited to be back in the UK at Slam Dunk Fest.
“This has the makings of a day we will all never forget.”
Bowling for Soup will be joined by ska heroes Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish.
They reunite once again exclusively for Slam Dunk Festival and will share a bill for the first time since they co-headlined the festival in 2011.
Slam Dunk Festival 2017 dates
• Saturday, May 27
Slam Dunk Midlands: Birmingham, NEC.
• Sunday, May 28
Slam Dunk North: Leeds, City Centre.
• Bank Holiday Monday, May 29
Slam Dunk South: Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire / The Forum Hertfordshire.
Cute Is What We Aim For are no strangers to Slam Dunk Festival, having headlined the first ever multi-stage set-up in 2008.
Alumni of Fueled By Ramen records, the New York state outfit will be casting minds back to the beginning of the pop-rock wave as they perform their 2006 debut album The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch in full.
Cute Is What We Aim For guitarist Jeff Czum said: “We’re extremely honoured to be a part of Slam Dunk 2017.
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
“It’s funny, the last time we performed Slam Dunk was in 2008 and our singer Shaant Hacikyan wasn’t able to make it due to him losing his passport.
“Luckily for us, Josh Franceschi from You Me at Six was able to fill in on vocals last minute... Thanks again Josh!
“We’re all so excited to return with a full band and play our debut album The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch in its entirety.
“The UK has always been one of our favourite places to play and it’s been long overdue.”
Joining them in a transatlantic journey to the festival are pop-rock playboys We The Kings.
Famed for their full-length self-titled first album, which included the Australian hit single and teen summer anthem Check Yes Juliet, We the Kings will be bringing sun-soaked Floridian anthems to Slam Dunk Festival 2017.
They will showcase their eponymous debut album in full.
We the Kings frontman Travis Clark said: “Slam Dunk was the very first time we ever came to the UK, so it is fitting that on our 10th year anniversary as a band we will be coming to play the festival.
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream and you’ll wonder why the heck we don’t come back more often.”
Slam Dunk Festival is set to get even bigger at all three legs in 2017.
Slam Dunk North will be expanded thanks to the addition of the First Direct Arena in Leeds as the second stage, while there will be another outdoor stage in Hatfield and an expanded site in Birmingham.
• For tickets, visit the Slam Dunk website at http://slamdunkmusic.com/
• The three Slam Dunk venues will host concerts by The Specials over the same weekend as the festival.