August 1 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Monday, February 3, 2014
The first Slam Dunk Festival 2014 line-up announcement for the Hatfield music festival will be made next week.
The rock, punk, ska, metal and pop-punk festival returns to the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield, on Sunday, May 25 for its southern leg at The Forum Hertfordshire.
Slam Dunk North takes place at Leeds University the day before, on May 24, with the festival returning to Wolverhampton Civic for Slam Dunk Midlands on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.
Organisers have now confirmed via the festival’s official Facebook page when the first bands will be announced, with the headliners confirmed on Wednesday, February 12.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 14, with price details to follow.
A status update on Slam Dunk’s Facebook page said: “So here it is... an announcement... about an announcement!
“We will be announcing the first few bands for Slam Dunk Festival 2014 on Wednesday 12th February.”
Organisers also confirmed the Slam Dunk North, South and Midlands dates.
The statement added: “This is the only information we are releasing for now. Sorry its taken a while, many thanks for your patience.”
Ahead of the main Slam Dunk 2014 line-up announcement, organisers have confirmed the first Slam Dunk Ska Punk tour.
Goldfinger, one of ska punk’s big three, will play a series of UK dates in May as part of this tour.
Joining them will be Zebrahead, who will be bringing their unique brand of rap infused ska punk to these shores once more.
Opening the shows will be the recently reformed UK ska punks Fandangle.
The Slam Dunk Ska Punk tour will visit Club Academy in Manchester on Thursday, May 22, Newcastle’s O2 Academy the following day.
There is then a break in the itinerary while the three Slam Dunk Festival shows take place, before the Ska Punk Tour visit the Waterfront in Norwich on Tuesday, May 27.
The tour will finish in the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, on Wednesday, May 28.
A status update on Slam Dunk’s Facebook page said: “While you guys are waiting for our announcement next Wednesday (Feb 12th) we have some awesome news for all you ska punk fans out there.
“We are delighted to announce that we have put together the first ‘Slam Dunk Ska Punk Tour’ featuring our friends in Goldfinger, Zebrahead and Fandangle.”
The update added: “Also, I wonder what the gap in the tour dates is all about!?”
This points to the Ska Punk Tour bands possibly also playing the three Slam Dunk festivals.