More bands added to Hatfield music festival’s 2018 line-up
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 26 January 2018
Slam Dunk Festival
More bands have been added to the Slam Dunk Festival 2018 bill after organisers made the third official line-up announcement.
Slam Dunk Festival will return to Hatfield on Sunday, May 27 at its new venue in the grounds of Hertfordshire stately home Hatfield House.
Pop punk titans Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World have already been confirmed as 2018’s joint Slam Dunk headliners.
And a third wave of acts have been added to the poster of the touring pop-punk, ska punk, hardcore metal and alternative rock festival this morning.
Joining the Slam Dunk Festival party are Twin Atlantic, The Skints, Set Your Goals, Northlane, Comeback Kid, Counterparts, Capdown, Save Ferris, Can’t Swim and Broadside. Zebrahead were also added to the line-up on Christmas Day.
As well as Slam Dunk South in Hatfield, the festival will also visit Leeds city centre on Saturday, May 26 for Slam Dunk North and Birmingham NEC on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 28 for Slam Dunk Midlands.
With driving guitars and powerful vocals dripping with Sam McTrusty’s trademark Glaswegian accent, Twin Atlantic will return to Slam Dunk Festival following their first appearance in 2008.
The Glasgow group’s return as special guests is sure to be highly anticipated among the Slam Dunk crowd.
Their most recent release, GLA, features anthems such as the soaring Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator and the groove-laden Valhalla.
On the ska and punk front, in addition to the Christmas Day announcement of Zebrahead, the first bands to be revealed are The Skints, Capdown and Save Ferris.
Earning the respect of legendary names such as Tippa Irie and Horseman, who subsequently lent their vibes to feelgood track The Town, The Skints are set to inject a shot of sunshine straight to Slam Dunk Festival.
Hard-hitting lyrics delivered by the talented multi-instrumentalist Marcia Richards, guitarist Josh Waters Rudge and percussionist Jamie Kyriakides are set to unite everyone in ska-punk spirit.
Poised to party at Slam Dunk Festival for their fifth consecutive year will be Grammy-nominated Californians Zebrahead.
Loaded with infectious hooks and a world-famous frat-party live show, the Hell Yeah! heroes appearance promises to be a highlight of the ska punk stage.
Also set to appear at Slam Dunk, winner of Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017, will be two legendary ska acts.
Milton Keynes band Capdown pioneered their own brand of hardcore, ska and dub.
In a similar vein, Orange County wonders Save Ferris will be bringing their ska-pop punk-swing to their first Slam Dunk Festival performance.
On the heavier side, Slam Dunk promoters have booked Northlane, Comeback Kid and Counterparts.
Armed with razor-sharp riffs, Australian five-piece Northlane will make their way to Slam Dunk Festival again after their debut performance in 2016.
Canadian kings of hardcore Comeback Kid are set to tear the Slam Dunk stages apart when they return for the May Bank Holiday weekender.
Expect a fierce display of sonic power when Comeback Kid step onto the stage.
The band’s Andrew Neufield said: “Pretty ecstatic to get back to Slam Dunk fest for our second time.
“We played a couple years ago and ran quite the muck. We’ll be ramping it up this year for sure!”
In another blistering addition, Slam Dunk organisers are thrilled to welcome Counterparts to the festival’s stages for the very first time.
The Canadian metalcore quintet have received critical acclaim for their most recently released album You’re Not You Anymore.
Brendan Murphy, of Counterparts, said: “After years we’re finally gonna dunk the biggest basketball net in the UK.”
No strangers to Slam Dunk, Set Your Goals will be returning to Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham in May.
Also added are New Jersey natives Can’t Swim and Virginian upstarts Broadside.
Between them, the two acts have toured with the likes of Four Year Strong, Tonight Alive, Silverstein, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, and Set Your Goals.
Chris LoPorto, of Can’t Swim, said: “In the short time of doing this band, we’ve made some great friends through touring.
“Playing with a few of them at a festival like this is pretty special.
“It’s one thing to have the opportunity to play your music in front of a bunch of people, but also getting to see old friends on a catering line in another country is the best.
“Festivals like this bring a lot of people together, in more ways than one. We’re very excited to be a part of it.”
Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will also see Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World perform their debut performances in a highly anticipated co-headline sets.
In addition to this, PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, Creeper, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong, Knuckle Puck, Crown The Empire and Real Friends have already been announced.
For 2018, Slam Dunk Festival South has expanded to the new site at Hatfield Park, located in the grounds of Hatfield House and situated directly opposite Hatfield train station.
Tickets for Slam Dunk 2018 cost £49, or £55 with afterparty. All subject to booking fees.
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