First Bands Announced For Slam Dunk Festival 2023

After a whirlwind summer, it’s time to get excited to see who’ll be playing around the UK in 2023.

This brings us to Slam Dunk Festival which today kicked off a holy hell what the actual fu** responses as they have announced an eye watering 22 bands including run-on shows from The Academy Is as well as Kids In Glass Houses alongside sets from Enter Shikari and The Offspring and loads more.

Check out he announcement video below.

Check out the full list of bands below.

Enter Shikari
The Offspring
Billy Talent
Four Year Strong
Trash Boat
Bowling For Soup
Less Than Jake
Holding Absence
Fit For A King
Real Friends
Destroy Boys
Maggie Lindemann
Charlotte Sands
Kids In Glass Houses (‘Smart Casual’ 15 years anniversary celebration)
The Academy Is…

Slam Dunk Festival will take play May 2023 on 27th at Hatfield Park and Temple Newsam Park, Leeds on the 28th.

Here’s the Festival poster!

Bowling For Soup Confirm Details Of New Record, ‘Pop Drunk Snot Bread’

Bowling For Soup are gearing up for the release of their upcoming record, ‘Pop Drunk Snot Bread’.

The record which will be the bands eleventh studio record will be released on April 22nd 2022.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and more below.

01. Greatest Of All Time
02. I Wanna Be Brad Pitt
03. Hello Anxiety
04. Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)
05. Pee Break
06. The Best We Can
07. Alexa Bliss
08. Burn Out
09. June Carter Cash (Lost and Found)
10. Public Service Announcement
11. Killin’ ‘Em With Kindness
12. Wouldn’t Change A Thing
13. The Letter 3 (Sitcom Song)
14. After All These Beers
15. Greatest Of All Time (Reprise)

Check out the music video for ‘Alexa Bliss’

Here’s ‘Getting Old Sucks’

And ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’

The band are set for a headline UK tour next month as well which co-insides with the release of their new album!

Check out the touring dates below.


12 – BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom
13 – GLASGOW Academy
14 – GRIMSBY Auditorium
16 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
17 – BOURNEMOUTH Academy
18 – BRISTOL Academy
19 – SWANSEA Bragwyn Hall
21 – BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
22 – MARGATE Winter Gardens
23 – LONDON Brixton Academy

Bowling For Soup Reschedule Acoustic Tour To 2022

Due to ongoing covid restrictions, Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick and Rob Felicetti have announced their Acoustic tour of the UK has been pushed back to 2022.

MAY 2022

22 – BRISTOL Thekla
23 – CAMBRIDGE Junction
24 – SHEFFIELD Leadmill
25 – STOKE Sugarmill
28 – SOUTHEND Chinnery’s
29 – GUILDFORD Boiler Room
30 – LONDON 100 Club

All previous tickets are still valid and new tickets can be still bought from the following link.

Jaret Reddick & Rob Felicetti (Bowling For Soup) SEt For UK Acoustic Tour

Jaret Reddick and Rob Felicetti of Bowling For Soup have announced that they are set for a headlining tour of the UK.

On the announcement, Jaret says:

“My last few acoustic tours have been filled with emotion, heartbreak, heartache and a bit of funny…this tour is ALL about fun! We’ve all been locked away and separated in our own ways…time to come together and have a Bowling For Soup sing along! All the hits! The fan favorites! And the ones we all sing in the shower!”

Check out the dates below.


07 – GUILDFORD Boilerroom
08 – LONDON 100 Club
09 – SHEFFIELD Leadmill
11 – STOKE Sugarmill – Stoke
12 – SOUTHEND Chinnery’s
13 – CAMBRIDGE Junction
14 – BRISTOL Thekla

Bowling For Soup Share New Track, ‘Getting Old Sucks’

Pop Punk legends Bowling For Soup have shared a new song called ‘Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)’, their first offering since their 2020 single, ‘Alexa Bliss’.

The music video sees the band transformed into puppets, and doing what they can to adjust.

Check out ‘Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)’ and its video below.

Bowling FOr Soup Reschedule Their Coastal Town Tour Of The UK To 2022

Bowling For Soup were set to tour the UK coastline this year but because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, that isn’t possible.

The band have now announced the dates will go ahead in 2022 instead (fingers crossed).

The band say:

“It sucks for us to have to do this…we held onto hope as long as we could, but in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Bowling For Soup dates have been postponed. The shows have been rescheduled to the new dates below, and all original tickets remain valid. We miss you guys SO much announcing this stings…However, something to look forward to and keep us all going! Stay safe and healthy. We love ya’ll!”

Tour support will come from Lit and The Dollyrots.

Here are the tour dates.

April 2022

12th – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

14th – Auditorium, Grimsby

15th – Spa, Scarbrough

17th – Academy, Bournemouth

18th – The Forum, Riviera International Centre, Torquay

19th – Bragwyn Hall, Swansea

21st – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

22nd – Winter Gardens, Margate

Bowling For Soup Announce Headlining UK Tour For 2021

Bowling For Soup have announced a tour of the UK’s Seaside towns for 2021, dubbing it Surf The UK Tour 2021.

The Pop-Punk legends will be supported by Lit and The Dollyrots on the run of shows.

“It’s such a weird time,” says frontman Jaret Reddick. “These dates will be 14 months since our last live shows. It is certainly hard to wrap my head around that. I absolutely can not wait to be onstage again, and in front of a UK audience, which everyone knows are the best fans on the planet!

“And holy crap… Lit! And our best buddies The Dollyrots. I can’t think of a better way to kick back into gear! Rest assured, we will be compliant with any and all safety guidelines still in place during this tour! Let’s do this!”

“We are beyond excited to get back to the UK and play our rock show with our good buddies BFS!” adds Lit singer AJ Popoff. “The UK is our favourite place to play! Can’t believe it’s taken us this long to tour together!! Gonna be a hell of a show!”

Here are the dates.

May 2021

1st – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

2nd – Auditorium, Grimsby

3rd – Spa Grand Hall, Scarbrough

4th – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

5th – Winter gardens, Margate

6th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

7th – Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

8t – Riviera International Centre, Torquay

Line Up Announced For Virtual Download Festival

Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!

The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.

It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.

It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!

Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.

Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.

System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.

Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.

There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.

People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.

Below you will find a full list of the lineup.

The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are:


Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)

System of a Down (Sunday headliner)


Alter Bridge



Black Futures

Black Veil Brides

Bowling For Soup





Employed To Serve


Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Funeral For A Friend


Holding Absence

Killswitch Engage


Lacuna Coil



Motionless In White






Steel Panther

The Darkness

The Hara

The Offspring

The Pretty Reckless

The Wildhearts


Twin Temple


Wage War

Wayward Sons

Bowling For Soup’s ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ Is Certified Gold In The UK

Bowling For Soup’s amazing classic track, ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ has been certified Gold in the UK!

This is equal to 400,000 sales which is a massive well done to the band!

The track is off the 2002 record, ‘Drunk Enough To Dance’.

Remember the video? It’s stuffed full of references to bands such as Limp Bizkit and a cameo from Slipknot!

Check out the video below.

A Conversation With… Erik Chandler (Bowling For Soup)

Newcastle O2 Academy.  10/02/18.

Legends of Punk Rock Bowling For Soup were back in the UK celebrating ‘Drunk Enough To Dance’s’ fifteenth anniversary in February and with plenty of history in the band, 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty amazing year for them. I caught up with Erik Chandler to see what’s been happening and what’s coming up.


Jack: Hello Erik, awesome to meet you. How’s everything going?

Erik: It’s going well. How are you?


Jack: I’m pretty well, I’m sat talking to you. I actually just got up to Newcastle and am psyched for the gig tonight. How excited have you guys been to come to the UK?

Erik: Well, this is a really exciting tour since we’re doing our album, Drunk Enough To Dance in its entirety and you have to think about it this way. When you release an album, you ’re playing every track so some of these songs, we have not played since we were in the studio recording them fifteen years ago. But it’s been fun working them out and getting them into show shape.


Jack: Are are there any cheat sheets on the stage at all?

Erik: There may or may not be. There are a couple of little ones for the show last night but they’re all gone now.


Jack: And soon you’ll be celebrating your twenty-fourth year as a band right?

Erik: In June it will be twenty-four years.


Jack: Oh god, I cant think of doing anything for twenty-four years. And what do you make that in terms of longevity into your guy’s career?

Erik: We never had any idea when we started out that it would be going on for this long and that wasn’t the plan to be able to make a career out of it but we’re all extremely luck yot be doing this and still be doing it and having fun which is the most important thing about it.


Jack: But there’s always going to be some ups and downs along the way. I remember saying you guys wouldn’t be coming back to the UK.

Erik: Now wait, we never said we weren’t coming back to the UK. This is where you guys little rumour mills occur. We said we were taking some time and figure out how to do this and manage our home lives.


Jack Oh absolutely, I can imagine because you guys have families.

Erik: Yeah and there’s stuff happening everywhere. People having kids and people having personal issues and stuff like that where we were going so hard for so long so we needed to take a break and get all this other stuff sorted before we end up ruining our idea of the band before it doesn’t feel like fun anymore and becomes a job or a chore to do. And we took a little bit of time off and managed to do that, everyone’s got their stuff worked out now and we’re back in full force.


Jack: And the band released Drunk Dynasty via Crowdfunding. How exactly did you guys to do it like that?

Erik: Several years ago, it started becoming obvious that was the direction the music industry was going and if you can figure it out and do it well then it’s an amazing way for your fans to be completely interactive in the whole process of making the record. I remember it was originally supposed to be an EP but the idea was to do six songs and while we were in the studio we were recording so fast and kocking the songs out, we came into the studio one day and we thought new plan where the pre order from pegdemusic was in affect so we decided to announce instead of an EP, this is going to be a full-length album and you can still pre order it for the price of an EP at a reduced price which turned out to be a great way to give the fans soething a bit more than what they initially paid for andeveryone was really stocked to do that.


Jack: And has there been any more collaborations? I know you guys did Happy as Happy Gets with Kelly from The Dollyrots whom you guys have worked with a bunch of times. Has there been any more with anyone at the moment?

Erik: Not with the full band, Kelly and Jaret are work on a duets album at the moment but that’s not Bowling For Soup.


Jack: And is there anything you’re working on personally at the moment?

Jack: Personal I am writing new songs for my solo project but that’s a little bit down the road. We released a few years ago and bowling for soup will be really busy for the next several months so I’ll just be writing and we’ll get the songs together so we’ll get studio time figured out when studio time comes about.


Jack: I remember maybe about six or seven years ago, you and Jaret did Bowling For Soup Acoustic, would you ever do that again?

Erik: Absolutely, it’s just we haven’t had the opportunity to do that and so, it’s been a while since we’ve done it but it’s not off the table because we had a blast doing it and the reaction we had on the last couple of acoustic tours has been great. You’ve been into it but we’d love to do it again but that would be a little down the road if we were to do that again.


Jack: Looking forward into 2018, would you guys be coming back to the UK for any festivals?

Erik: That’s up in the air right now because it’s getting close to the time where it needs to be booked. We’re doing the final Vans Warped Tour in the States so we’d be able to fit festivals in with that schedule.


Jack: Oh, I’d probably say I’d love to come across and see you and that festival more than anything in the summer. It’s the final hurrah for that.

Erik: I don’t think it’s going to be the end of Warped Tour, just the travelling Warped Tour. There’s not been anything specific but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned into a centerally located festival like you guys do here because people in the states have figured out that that’s a great way to do it with Coachella and Lalapalooza.


Jack: I’ve seen pictures from all the different festivals and I’ve thought right we’ve got download and Leeds and Reading, Slam Dunk so at least we have those.  You guys played slam dun, didn’t you?

Erik: That was great. We really had a blast, and it’s always fun playing those sort of festivals.


Jack: And is there anything you wanna say before we wrap things up?

Erik: Thank you for coming out to chat to me

Jack: And thank you for taking to the time to. It’s been awesome.


Here’s Bowling For Soup’s latest video for ‘Catalyst’.