March 9 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tickets go on sale for music festival Slam Dunk 2014 this week following the first line-up announcement.
The UK’s biggest independent touring festival returns to Hatfield on Sunday, May 25, and will be headlined by The All-American Rejects.
Slam Dunk’s respective North, South and Midlands legs will be the band’s only UK performances of 2014.
Slam Dunk North will take place at Leeds University on Saturday, May 24.
The festival comes to The Forum Hertfordshire, on the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus, the following day.
* Saturday, May 24
Slam Dunk Festival North: Leeds University.
* Sunday, May 25
Slam Dunk Festival South: The Forum Hertfordshire, Hatfield.
* Monday, May 26
Slam Dunk Festival Midlands: Wolverhampton Civic.
Following Slam Dunk South on Sunday, May 25, the festival moves to the Midlands and Wolverhampton Civic on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.
Tickets for all three venues will go on sale at 9am tomorrow (Friday, February 14) – Valentine’s Day.
Tickets are priced £35, and £39 with after-show party across all sites.
Festival organiser Ben Ray urged music fans to buy tickets after last year’s dates sold out.
He said: “Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 14th February, so they are perfect for a Valentine’s gift to the one you love!”
As well as main stage headliners The All-American Rejects, also playing the pop-punk, ska and metal party are The Ghost Inside, Canterbury, letlive., Bury Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada, I Killed The Prom Queen and Decade.
Ska punks Goldfinger, Zebrahead and Fandangle will also play Slam Dunk’s three main festival dates, after already being confirmed for the first Slam Dunk Ska Punk Tour.
Spread across seven indoor and outdoor stages at the University of Hertfordshire’s Forum entertainment complex, Caliban, Crown The Empire, I Am The Avalanche, Real Friends and Neck Deep will also appear, with many more bands – and a few surprises – to come.
* The All-American Rejects
* Bury Tomorrow
* The Ghost Inside
* The Devil Wears Prada
* I Killed The Prom Queen
* Crown The Empire
* I Am The Avalanche
* Real Friends
* Neck Deep
After the long wait for a first line-up announcement, Ben Ray thanked fans for their patience after finally confirming Swing Swing stars The All-American Rejects as headliners.
He said: “With such big hit singles, The All-American Rejects are a massive headliner for us.
“I wanted a band who haven’t just toured the UK earlier in the year, or doing other dates around the festival, so they are perfect to make the festival unique.
“It’s taken me a bit longer to book this year, but really appreciate everyone’s patience and the belief that we will deliver the best event of the summer.”
Further explaining how the festival is put together, Ben added: “There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the fans don’t see.
“Bands are only allowed to play one, maybe two festivals in one country over the summer period, and with so many festivals fighting for bands, it gets difficult for all of us.
“It was so important to build on the massive success of last year’s events. I had a lot of sleepless nights.
“Midlands was especially great last year as it was the first time we had done the third day of the festival.
“Not only did it sell out but people were amazed to see the full festival site, including the roads closed off with stages in the middle of them in the city centre of Wolverhampton!”
For a full list of ticket outlets for all shows, visit the Slam Dunk website at www.slamdunkmusic.com
* Pictures of last year’s 2013 Slam Dunk Festival.
* For the latest music festival news, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Festival section.