Slam Dunk Festival kick off their first announcement with six rather diverse, yet all distinguished in their own rights, each a UK festival exclusive. Headlining are the Titanic, Jimmy Eat World, with a fan base scanning generations, the band will be taking to the stage to unleash their tremendously popular back catalog over the three nights.
Taking Back Sunday are another band that have plenty of history and nostalgia tied to them, yet their return to the festival shows how captive they still keep fans. Again, like Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday’s set-lists are littered with unforgettable chart destroying hits. Bass player Shaun Cooper says “We are very excited to announce our return to the United Kingdom in May for Slam Dunk. We have had such a great time in years past we felt very fortunate to receive an offer we couldn’t refuse. We will be sharing a stage with the legendary Jimmy Eat World! We can’t wait to see you at the shows”
For those into something more contemporary, Olympic anthem, legends Sleeping With Sirens will also be making a return to the festival. Fans can expect a plethora of hits from the band’s earlier releases, as well as hits from newly released Gossip, with brilliant melodies, some great heavy rock hits and Kellin Quinn’s superb vocal abilities, they aren’t ones to miss.
Also returning to the festival are Four Year Strong, who will be bringing their energetic live performance to Slam Dunk. The band are infamous for their live performances, combined with their brilliantly put together songs Four Year Strong will certainly be one of the highlights of many people’s weekends.
Pop Punk rising stars State Champs will make their return after four years away from the festival, the band will finally get chance to perform hits from their highly revered sophomore album, Around The World And Back. Vocalist Derek DiScanio says, “Slam Dunk was the first UK Festival we ever played on our first trip overseas in 2014. We’ve been eager to dunk again, and 2018 is our year. Everyone involved with this festival is top notch and I can’t wait to make some new memories with everyone attending this time around. It’s gonna be wild.”
Completing the first wave of announcements are the only UK natives of the announcement are Trash Boat, who’ve risen to prominence very quickly, earning them a record deal with Hopeless Records. To say the band are excited for their appearance at 2018’s Slam Dunk is a real understatement, they even hint at new music before May. “SLAM DUNK! 2018 will be another year where we can say we are part of this awesome festival. The line-up is already stacked and there’s so much more on the way. Who knows, we may even have some new music coming out by then. See you there. TB x”
As well as six superb festival exclusives, Slam Dunk have announced the new home of Slam Dunk South, Hatfield Park. The Festival will stop off here on Sunday 27th of May, sandwiched in-between Slam Dunk North, taking place over Millennium Square and Leeds City Centre on Saturday 26th of May. Slam Dunk Midlands will return to Birmingham’s NEC on Monday May 28th.
Tickets will be £49 without a ticket for the much talked about afterparty, or £55 with an afterparty ticket if you want to get in on the action! Tickets can also be paid for in installments, with just a deposit of £9 plus booking fees.
Tickets go on sale Friday 17th November at 9am and will be available here