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Festival News: Slam Dunk Festival adds a brand new stage

Slam Dunk Festival has added a brand new stage and lots more bands to this years line up
The following artists have been announced for he new acoustic/solo stage:

The Rocket Summer

Rob Lynch

Away Days

Elder Brother


Grumble Bee


Bethan Leadley

Lianne Kaye
Check out the poster below for the full line up  



Festival News: Warped Tour 2016 lineup announcement

Vans Warped Tour turns 22 this year and the organisers have gone all out with this years line up and bot is it a blast from the past. 

This year’s festival includes the first extended US tour from Sum 41 since 2012, and first extensive run on Warped Tour since 2010. Other blasts from the past joining the tour include the first Warped Tour appearances from pop-punk legends Good Charlotte Bullet for my Valentine, who last played the tour over a decade ago and Orange County, California metalcore giants Atreyu. 

There are a whole host of other bands to get excited about who will be on the entire tour, including, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Real Friends and State Champs are all co-headlining this year’s Main Stage. As well as Mayday Parade, The Maine, We the Kings and Set It Off all making appearances. U.K. Bands being reprinted include Young Guns and ROAM

You can check out the entire lineup below, along with which dates each act will appear at this summer and a full routing. We’ll see you this summer!

Journey’s Left Foot Stage

Falling in Reverse

Four Year Strong

Good Charlotte (7/19 – 7/28)

Less Than Jake

New Found Glory

Reel Big Fish

Set It Off

Sum 41 (6/26 – 8/7)

The Summer Set (7/30 – 8/13)

We the Kings


Journey’s Right Foot Stage

3OH!3 (7/21 – 7/31)


The Maine

Mayday Parade

Pepper (6/24 – 6/29, 7/1 – 7/22)

Real Friends

Sleeping with Sirens

State Champs

The Story So Far

Tonight Alive

Monster Party Stage (North)

Atreyu (7/19 – 8/7)

Bullet for My Valentine (7/19 – 7/22)

The Color Morale

Crown the Empire

Every Time I Die

Ice Nine Kills

Motionless in White

Volumes (6/24 – 7/17)


The Word Alive

Monster Party Stage (South)

Chelsea Grin


Cruel Hand

From Ashes to New


In Hearts Wake

Oceans Ate Alaska


Veil of Maya

Poseidon Stage


The Heirs

The Interrupters

I See Stars

Knuckle Puck

Masked Intruder

PROF (7/26 – 8/13)



Young Guns

Cyclops Stage

Against the Current

Assuming We Survive


Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Ghost Town


Teenage Bottlerocket

Too Close to Touch


Full Sail Stage

Avion Roe (6/24 – 7/21)

Bad Seed Rising (6/24 – 7/27)


Cane Hill

Capsize (7/17 – 8/13)

Dash Ten

Hail the Sun (6/24 – 7/16)

Like Pacific

More to Monroe (7/28 – 8/13)

Mother Feather

The New Low

Old Wounds

Payale Royale

Reckless Serenade


Silent Planet (6/24 – 7/17)

Wage War

With Confidence
Vans Warped Tour Dates
6/22 – Anchorage, AK – George M. Sullivan Sports Arena (Road to Warped Tour)

6/24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

6/25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

6/26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park – Main Street Lot

6/27 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World

6/29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville

6/30 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheater

7/1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

7/2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field

7/3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at the South Central Fairgrounds

7/5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

7/6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater

7/8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

7/9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater

7/10 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre

7/11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

7/14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC

7/15 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagra Pavilion

7/16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

7/19 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

7/20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

7/21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

7/22 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

7/23 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

7/24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park

7/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater

7/27 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

7/28 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

7/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

7/31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot

8/1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park

8/2 – Scottsdale, AZ – Salt River Fields

8/5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field

8/6 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater

8/7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

8/9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

8/11 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center

8/12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

8/13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

Slam Dunk 2015

SDF15-poster-3 (1)2015 is the year You Me At Six take over Slam Dunk festival, one of the most anticipated headline artists in years.

You Me At Six will be joined by a huge variety of artists including Taking Back Sunday, PRVIS, We Are The Ocean, Gallows, Don Broco, Neck Deep, Lower Than Atlantis, While She Sleeps and a whole heap more.

Festival dates and venues

* Saturday, May 23

Slam Dunk Festival North: Leeds University.

* Sunday, May 24

Slam Dunk Festival South: The Forum Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

* Monday, May 25

Slam Dunk Festival Midlands: Wolverhampton Civic.

Tickets are priced at £37, and £39 with after-show party across all sites.

For a full list of ticket outlets for all shows, visit the Slam Dunk website at www.slamdunkmusic.com

Written By: Samantha Stott

Festival News: Reading and Leeds 2015 Line-Up

With two of the 2015 Reading and Leeds line up already being announced, Metallica and Mumford and Sons, the final headline act has been the announcement everyone has been waiting for.

That wait is finally over. Today it was announced that The Libertines would be the final headliner for the events, which take place from August 28 to 30 across the two sites.

Also announced today are All Time Low, Royal Blood, Panic! At The Disco, The Maccabees, Bring Me The Horizon, Limp Bizkit, New Found Glory, Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, The Wombats, Marmozets, Pierce The Veil, Frank Turner and many, many more. The full list can be found below.

rl_2015line-upfebruaryWritten By: Samantha Stott

Live Review: Decade – Slam Dunk 2014

Slam-Dunk-Festival-2014Decade graced the Macbeth stage mid-afternoon, arriving to an already warmed up crowd. Delivering their fine-tuned pop-punk, Decade seemed at home from the outset. Although not yet graced with the largest set of fans, this up and coming group set out to win over the crowd and earn the respect of die-hard pop punk fans. They delivered an energetic and enthusiastic set with an eclectic mix of grungy pop punk tracks taken from their recently released début album Good Luck.

Decade delivered a surprisingly professional set, successfully showing off what they do best and injecting excitement into a performance which left the crowd pumped.  Decade played with remarkable professionalism, determined to show off what they can do and intent on getting the crowd pumped along the way.

Their début album’s title track Good Luck combined acoustic guitar with hefty drums and rousing guitar riffs, and the pop punk influences were clearly evident in Callous and Brainfreeze – both catchy single releases that once heard stayed with you.

Decade arrived at Slam Dunk with a bang, and the continued high tempo vibe had the crowd jumping; this band will undoubtedly continue to attract attention throughout the summer with their live performances showcasing catchy choruses and big hitting tunes that pack a punch.

Written by: Lindsy Stott

Live Review: Canterbury – Slam Dunk 2014

Slam-Dunk-Festival-2014The arrival of Canterbury onto the Kerrang stage was eagerly awaited and they did not disappoint, playing a selection of tracks old and new that that included a number from their most recent release Dark Days.

Canterbury opened their set with the distinctive instrumental introduction reverberating across the stage of Expensive Imitations – a fast,  upbeat crowd pleasing track that immediately had the crowd accompanying vocalist Luke Prebble  with chants of ‘We are the broken…’ which set the bar for the entire performance.

Their polished performance including tracks Keep it Moving, Satellite and All Of My Life from Dark Days underlined how accomplished this band have become and why this album has been so successful.

They may not be the most energetic of bands but their presence certainly commands the stage and had the crowd up on their feet, hands clapping and feet stomping. Their live performance certainly enthralled the audience, and they successfully managed to bring the consummate vocals, superb harmonies, accomplished guitar riffs and solid percussion from the closed studio to the festival arena with ease.

Written by: Lindsy Stott

Festival Review: Slam Dunk 2014

Slam-Dunk-Festival-2014 Slam Dunk is a unique festival – staged over 3 days in three venues nationwide. Day 1 sees the bands and their entourages assemble in Leeds, then with an exercise akin to a military manoeuvre everyone up sticks and transport themselves to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, repeating the process again on day 3 to complete the journey in Wolverhampton, West Midlands – all within 72 hours!

The crowds flock to each venue and queues form long before the 1pm opening time. Like an army the expectant crowds, adorned in the regulatory uniform of shredded t-shirt, shorts and beanie hats all appear to be competing to see who can sport the biggest or most colourful tattoo on whatever piece of skin is this year’s most ‘fashionable’ to have exposed.

Their eagerness and excitement cannot be ignored and the support for these annual events have grown apace, and no wonder, with 5 stages, each brought to life with bands playing from the moment the gates open until 10.45pm. Whichever stage, be it the Macbeth, Monster, Cheer Up, Atticus or the Kerrang boast a line up not to be missed, and the challenge is to try getting around them all or carefully selecting which bands you definitely cannot afford to miss!

Getting around needs precision planning if your choices are not to be missed or you will be swept along with the tide of highly charged fans, and once in a the midst of a set any hopes of leaving that particular venue will undoubtedly involve negotiating the multitude of crowd surfers of cutting across a mosh pit or two – good luck!

All said, despite the usual offerings of burger, chips and chicken nuggets, the copious rounds of lager, Strongbow and Monster Energy on offer and a plethora of merch tents (which actually boasted a wide selection of good quality items), the enjoyment of all those attending is clearly evident and the atmosphere hard to beat. Whether this is due to the packed set lists, the choice of the stages or the variety of music on offer in such a compact area, in one day who knows. Add to that the bonus of being up close and personal to your musical idol(s) and even being able to buy a golden ticket for just £4 that allows you to mingle at the after party, you are onto a winner, one that has proven to work.

Everyone seems to leaves happy and in good spirits – some to go home, others to continue onto the next venue, but all I am sure will agree that these events provide a much-needed platform for the British music scene to showcase talent, an arena where artists can see first hand that the fruits of their labour is fully appreciated and an opportunity for many a new artist to be discovered – long may Slamdunk continue.

Written By: Lindsy Stott