More bands have been added to Slam Dunk 2011. The festival is having its 10th anniversary. As with last year, the festival will once again set up across the final May Bank Holiday weekend hitting Leeds University on Saturday, May 28 and then just on the outskirts of London, Hertfordshire University in Hatfield on Sunday, 29.
Organiser and Slam Dunk founder Ben Ray has made it his priority to make this event the stand out live music event of the summer: “Being the 10th anniversary of Slam Dunk it was important for me to have a lineup that truly represents the way the scene has evolved over the last 10 years. I am extremely happy to have some of the bands that inspired me to start the club night from which the festival evolved from.
Returning to Leeds University for a fifth year, 2011 will not doubt surely see a another repeat of one of the best Festival atmospheres at any rock festival anywhere in the world. Going back to Hatfield for it’s second year any teething problems of last year’s event have been ironed out with a different layout and the main stage and merch village being outdoors. Increased and improved security will ensure a smooth flow of people between all the stages. The dates have also been swapped around to give the venue time to recover from it’s Summer Ball on the Friday night which caused us problems last year.”
Already announced as a Slam Dunk 2011 exclusive, the festival sees the joint headliners Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish playing together in the UK for the first time ever. Joining them will be newly announced Goldfinger which in turn will see the ‘Big 3′ of Ska Punk uniting in the UK 10 years after they kicked off the US ska punk invasion which fuelled the launch of the Slam Dunk brand.
Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello says, “We’re stoked on finally getting to tour with our great friends in Reel Big Fish in the UK and getting to do Slam Dunk as well rounds out to a perfect tour.” 3oh!3 will be stopping in as part of their UK tour. Following on Slam Dunk’s tradition of reunion’s after Farse in 2009 and Capdown in 2010, 2011 will see the UK exclusive reunion shows from fan favourites, US pop punk band The Starting Line.
Those mentioned above, will join Slam Dunk favourites Mayday Parade, newly announced US political punks Anti-Flag, We Are The In Crowd, Innerpartysystem, Framing Hanley, and Versa Emerge.
Many more bands and stage lineups will be announced soon.
For more information please visit the official website.