July 29 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Thousands of music fans will converge on Hatfield this weekend for the 2014 Slam Dunk Festival.
The annual touring pop-punk, rock, ska and hardcore metal showcase will return to the University of Hertfordshire on Sunday for the fifth time.
Slam Dunk South will take place across seven indoor and outdoor stages at The Forum Hertfordshire complex on the university’s College Lane campus.
Slam Dunk Festival North takes place at Leeds University today (Saturday, May 24), with Slam Dunk Midlands returning to Wolverhampton Civic on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.
The All-American Rejects will headline the main Jagermeister/Kerrang! stage outdoors on the Hutton Lawn in Hatfield.
The main stage will also feature performances from the likes of Mallory Knox, We Are The In Crowd, Motion City Soundtrack, We The Kings, The Skints, Canterbury and Blitz Kids. Sean Smith is DJ and compere.
Ska-punk favourites Less Than Jake, Capdown, Zebrahead and The Ataris will all play the Macbeth Footwear Stage in the Forum’s main auditorium, along with I Am The Avalanche, Gnarwolves, Decade, Fandangle and Jesse James.
Kids in Glass Houses will exclusively play their debut album Smart Casual in its entirety on the Atticus Stage in the Forum’s Refectory.
"The All-American Rejects are a massive headliner for us. "
Ahead of the band’s farewell tour, KIGH frontman Aled Phillips said: “Our first Slam Dunk show was the day before Smart Casual was released and the festival feels intrinsically linked to our beginnings as a band.
“It seems only fitting, then, that we should say goodbye to the festival the same we said hello, by playing Smart Casual in full.”
Hit The Lights, Neck Deep, Real Friends, State Champs, Save Your Breath, A Loss For Words, Modern Baseball and Light You Up are also scheduled to appear on the Atticus Stage.
The likes of Bury Tomorrow, letlive. and The Ghost Inside will all appear on the outdoor Monster Energy Stage in Hatfield.
The Devil Wears Prada, I Killed The Prom Queen and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! are also down to appear.
The Cheer Up Stage will take place upstairs in the Forum’s Attic and will feature performances from Chiodos, Marmozets, Feed The Rhino and Landscapes, while the Antique Acoustic Stage will be positioned in the Style Bar.
DJ Yoda will top the bill in the UpRawr DJ Stage in the Piazza outside the EleHouse, with MC Lars and a DJ set from Tek-One also entertaining revellers.
Doors for the all-weather music event will open from 1pm, and bands will be finished by no later than 11pm.
A statement from organisers on the Slam Dunk website said: “While we hope for good weather every year it is advised you bring appropriate, weather resistant clothing.
“Please also note that each stage at each site has a certain capacity. We cannot guarantee you access to any particular stage at any particular time once the room/tent is full.”
After the main festival bands have wrapped things up on stage, resident Slam Dunk DJs will entertain revellers at the aftershow party in the Forum, Hatfield, until 3am.
A regular shuttle bus service will be running from Hatfield railway station to the university site on the day for ticket holders arriving by train.
The festival is open to fans aged 14 plus, with the after party admitting festival-goers aged 18 plus.
There will only be tickets available for this on the day if they do not sell out in advance.