Four more bands confirmed for Hatfield music festival

PUBLISHED: 17:34 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 16 February 2018

Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]

Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]

Kevin Richards

Organisers of Hatfield’s Slam Dunk Festival have announced another four acts for the 2018 line-up.

Slam Dunk Festival 2018 line-upSlam Dunk Festival 2018 line-up

The touring pop punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock festival will return to Hatfield for Slam Dunk Festival South on Sunday, May 27.

And joining the 2018 line-up are Chicago-based The Audition in a worldwide reunion exclusive.

Ska favourites Reel Big Fish, ska infused pop punks Goldfinger and pop punk heroes Roam have also been confirmed for the Spring May Bank Holiday weekend party.

They will appear alongside the previously announced co-headliners Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World, as well as the likes of PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Twin Atlantic, Taking Back Sunday, Sleeping With Sirens, St Albans band Trash Boat and Creeper.

Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]

Emo-rock heartthrobs The Audition will be gracing the Slam Dunk stages in a worldwide reunion exclusive.

In a highly teased and highly anticipated return, The Audition will be making their first live appearance in six years at the UK’s ultimate pop-punk weekender in May.

The original line-up consisting of Danny Stevens (vocals), Seth Johnson (guitar), Ryan O’Connor (drums), Joe Lussa (bass) and Tim Klepek (guitar) will all be on stage together for the first time together in nearly 10 years.

Danny Stevens said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to Slam Dunk Festival.

“We were part of the festival in the early years and the Slam Dunk shows and club nights in Leeds before that.

“To have our first show together as this group in nearly 10 years is really something special.”

A staple of the ska scene, Reel Big Fish will be returning to the festival after a series of raucous Slam Dunk performances.

Armed with an arsenal of anthems, the Californian trumpet troupe will no doubt bring the party atmosphere.

Marking another addition to the festival, the godfather of pop-punk John Feldmann will be bringing the unstoppable Goldfinger to Slam Dunk.

Pop-punk frontrunners Roam will mark their unstoppable rise with an appearance at this year’s festival.

Roam’s Alex Adam said: “We’re so excited to be heading back to Slam Dunk with the new album.

“It’s always the rowdiest show ever and we definitely have some plans to step that up further this year with the new songs.”

Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]Goldfinger at Slam Dunk Festival South 2017 in Hatfield [Picture: Kevin Richards]

Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will also see pop-punk titans Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World perform their debut performances in co-headline sets.

In addition to this, PVRIS, Twin Atlantic, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, State Champs, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Counterparts, Four Year Strong, Knuckle Puck, Crown The Empire, and Real Friends will also appear.

Slam Dunk South will take place at its new home in Hatfield Park after moving across town from the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus.

Slam Dunk North will open the Bank Holiday weekend in Leeds city centre on Saturday, May 26.

The Hatfield leg follows on the Sunday, with Birmingham NEC hosting Slam Dunk Festival Midlands on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.

• Tickets for Slam Dunk are on sale now and are available from http://slamdunkmusic.com/

They cost £49, or £55 including the afterparty. All subject to booking fees.

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