Slam Dunk Festival 2017 stage line-up announced

PUBLISHED: 16:04 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 13 February 2017

Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]

Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]

Kennerdeigh Scott

Slam Dunk organisers have confirmed the first stage line-up split for the 2017 festival coming to Hatfield in May.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 Fireball Stage line-upSlam Dunk Festival 2017 Fireball Stage line-up

The touring pop-punk, ska punk, metalcore and alternative rock festival returns to the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.

And organisers have confirmed the complete line-up for the Fireball Stage.

After announcing the new Fireball UK partnership earlier this year, the final three artists for the Fireball Stage are punk-rap party outfit Zebrahead, Indiana-bred quartet The Ataris, and guitar-driven Drive-Thru alumni Fenix TX.

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.

They will be joining the previously announced Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies and MC Lars.

This all-American stage features the biggest ska punk and classic pop-punk line-up the UK has ever seen, uniting regular touring buddies and bands that have never played together before to create a must-see spectacle for both new and die-hard fans of the genres.

Festival director Ben Ray said: “Many people know that this stage is very close to my heart. When I started the Slam Dunk club night back in 2001, bands like Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish were the ones that helped shape it and established the brand.

Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]

“It is an honour to be able to bring these bands together for the biggest bill of its kind ever in the UK.”

No strangers to Slam Dunk Festival, Zebrahead will be returning to the Hatfield festival with their world-famous frat-party-like live show.

Laden with happy-go-lucky vibes, Zebrahead’s appearance on the Fireball Stage will see them smash through hits such as Hell Yeah! and Falling Apart, as they break the festival’s record for the most consecutive plays.

On their return to the festival, Zebrahead bass player Ben Osmundson said: “We are damn excited to be coming back for the fourth straight year to the Slam Dunk Festival.

“It is the one festival where everyone feels like family and friends, and we can’t wait to have a drink with all of you.”

Lead by Kris Roe, The Ataris join the Fireball Stage armed with emo war cry In This Diary and their cover of Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, as they return for their second appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.

Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]Zebrahead playing the Desperados Stage at Slam Dunk Festival South 2016 in Hatfield [Picture: Kennerdeigh Scott]

For the first-time ever, one of the most definitive bands of the pop-punk era, Fenix TX, will be bringing their unique guitar-driven sound to Slam Dunk Festival.

Alumni of the legendary Drive-Thru Records, the Texan outfit will be returning to UK soil for the first time in seven years to bring Slam Dunk revellers songs such as All My Fault and Threesome.

Kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday, May 27 with Slam Dunk Midlands, the festival will travel to Leeds on Sunday, May 28 before finishing up at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield on Monday, May 29 for Slam Dunk South.

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

The festival’s main stage will be headlined by Enter Shikari as part of the St Albans band’s Take To The Skies album 10 year celebration.

Advance tickets cost £44, or £49 with after party.

• Tickets are on sale now from www.slamdunkmusic.com

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2017 FULL LINE-UP TO DATE

Enter Shikari

Neck Deep

Beartooth

Tonight Alive

Citizen

Turnover

Set It Off

Against Me!

The Bronx

Goldfinger

Mad Caddies

Memphis May Fire

The Movielife

Trophy Eyes

Like Pacific

Don Broco

Bowling For Soup

Less Than Jake

Reel Big Fish

Cute Is What We Aim For

We The Kings

I Prevail

Ice Nine Kills

Zebrahead

Fenix TX

The Ataris

MC Lars

Oceans Ate Alaska.

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