First names for Slam Dunk Festival 2012 announced

By February 15, 2012 September 7th, 2016 Leeds

The first lot of bands for the seventh annual Slam Dunk Festival at The University of Leeds (May 26) and May 27 at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Campus), can now be revealed. Tickets go on sale 9am February 17, 2012.


In the past, Slam Dunk Festival has played host to some of the rock world’s favourite acts including Paramore, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six and many more. It can also lay claim to propelling the careers of the likes of Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout and We Are The Ocean.

Taking Back Sunday are the main stage headliners over both days. Their return see’s them do their first headline UK show of the year (and a Slam Dunk UK festival exclusive) with the original line-up:

“We can’t wait to head over to the UK to play Slam Dunk Festival. It’s a bunch of great bands, some we’ve played with and others we have not, so it’s gonna be cool getting to see and meet everyone. Hope to see y’all there!” Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday.

Slam Dunk also plays host to the only UK shows for the Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats and Set Your Goals and Make Do And Mend tour that hits Europe earlier in the month.


There will be more exciting announcements to come from the world of pop punk, rock and punk over the coming weeks. Promoter Ben Ray who started this in 2001 has seen the festival grow over the years; “Again this year it’s been hard work, but I’m extremely happy with how the lineup is shaping up so far. Here are just 10 bands out of over 50 artists, so I’m confident the festival can again deliver a lineup of bands that everyone will agree is amazing value. I also thought it was extra important this year to demonstrate the value so tickets have been frozen at 2011 prices!”

Bands announced so far (in no order)


Taking Back Sunday (headliners)
Every Time I Die
Cancer Bats
Set Your Goals
Make Do And Mend
The King Blues
Mayday Parade
Forever The Sickest Kids
The Audition

Tickets £32.50 adv / £36 with aftershow.

The Hatfield site is 20 minutes direct for London Kings cross and a free shuttle to campus will be supplied.


Tickets are available from and or 0871 220 0260.


For more information visit the official Slam Dunk Festival website.