Hatfield music festival's 2019 headliners confirmed in first line-up announcement
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 17 October 2018
Organisers have announced the first wave of acts playing a music festival in Hatfield next year including the event's headliners.
The wait is over for pop-punk fans wanting to know who will be headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2019.
Promoters have confirmed All Time Low will play their only UK shows of 2019 at the touring pop-punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock festival taking place in Hatfield and Leeds in May.
Slam Dunk Festival South will return to Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire, on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Los Angeles punks NOFX, American pop-punks New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story Of The Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies and Silverstein are also included in the first Slam Dunk line-up announcement.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 19 at 9am.
On All Time Low’s exclusive Slam Dunk 2019 headline shows, frontman Alex Gaskarth said: “There’s been a bit of an ATL drought in the UK recently so we thought it best to come back.”
The Baltimore favourites last played Slam Dunk in 2013 when they headlined the main stage at the University of Hertfordshire, Slam Dunk South’s former home in Hatfield before the festival moved across town in 2018 to the grounds of the Hatfield House estate.
New Found Glory, often called the “Godfathers of pop punk”, are also no strangers to Hatfield, having headlined Slam Dunk’s South debut at The Forum Hertfordshire in 2010.
They returned to the university’s College Lane site two years ago when they appeared on the main stage before headliners Panic! At the Disco.
After releasing their first new music in over seven years in 2017, American rockers Story Of The Year make a long-awaited return to Slam Dunk.
Story Of The Year guitarist Ryan Phillips spoke about their upcoming Slam Dunk slot, saying: “We are crazy stoked for Slam Dunk, especially since we haven’t been to the UK in ages!
“We’re itching to get over there and jam some tracks from our latest album, Wolves.”
Slam Dunk will also see the return of Watford hardcore punks Gallows.
The band’s bass guitarist Stu Gili-Ross said: “Leeds and Hertfordshire, these will both feel like hometown shows for us. The time feels right for a Gallows show and we’re coming in hot.”
Californian ska punk favourites Mad Caddies will be making another Slam Dunk stop next year, bringing their sun-kissed sounds to Leeds and Hatfield.
Also heading to Slam Dunk 2019 are Canadian rock titans Silverstein.
Talking about their return to Slam Dunk, Silverstein said: “We are excited to be returning to the UK in 2019 for the next instalment of Slam Dunk.
“We originally played the festival way back in 2009 and have been looking forward to doing it again. Expect a jam-packed set of old and new material.”
The ultimate alternative one-dayer in Hatfield follows the event’s North leg at new Leeds venue Temple Newsam Park on Saturday, May 25.
Slam Dunk tickets cost £59 plus booking fees and are on sale at http://slamdunkfestival.com/
WHO IS PLAYING SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2019
Slam Dunk Festival line-up so far:
All Time Low
New Found Glory
Story Of The Year