Slam Dunk Festival Adds More Bands To It’s 2021 Lineup

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 has announced a bunch more bands for this year’s event.

Added to the lineup are Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Alkaline Trio, Funeral For A Friend, Hellogoodbye, Capdown, Loathe (pictured), and As It Is.

They join headliners Sum 41 and Don Broco, as well as Escape The Fate, While She Sleeps, We Are The In Crowd, NOFX, Knuckle Puck, and more!

Festival Director Ben Ray says: “We’ll be celebrating Slam Dunk Festival’s 15th Anniversary in September and I’m so happy these newly announced artists will be joining us! Although the re-opening date has moved to July, we are even more confident that the festival will go ahead this year, thanks to the positive news from the test events and the rapid vaccination program taking place. With the overwhelming support shown by our fans who have kept a hold of their tickets and those who have bought tickets recently too, we know how important it is that we do our best to deliver a brilliant show this September.”

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 will take place on 4th September at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds, and the following day at Hatfield Park in Hatfield.

Slam Dunk Festival Announce Artists For September 2021

September 2021 is locked in for Slam Dunk Festival where we now have confirmation of the acts who will be playing this years iteration of the festival.

Along with confirming the acts who will still be playing from the originally scheduled May dates, the festival organisers have also announced that Crown The Empire, Escape The Fate, Malevolence, Hacktivist, and Snuff will also be joining the bill.

The acts who sadly are unable to confirm that they can make the rescheduled dates and are no longer part of the bill are 3OH!3, Billy Talent, Code Orange, Dance Gavin Dance, Grayscale, Hands Like Houses, I Am The Avalanche, Issues, Motion City Soundtrack, Sleep On It, The Wonder Years, Young Guns, and Yours Truly.

More acts are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out the full list of bands below.

The Baboon Show
Blood Youth
The Bottom Line
Bury Tomorrow
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Comeback Kid
Crown The Empire
Days N Daze
Deez Nuts
Doll Skin
Don Broco
Dream State
Escape The Fate
Face To Face
The Faim
Four Year Strong
Free Throw
I Am The Avalanche
Ice Nine Kills
Knuckle Puck
Mayday Parade
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Popes Of Chillitown
Reel Big Fish
State Champs
Static Dress
The Story So Far
Stray From The Path
Sum 41
This Wild Life
Trash Boat
The Vandals
We Are The In Crowd
While She Sleeps
With Confidence
Your Demise

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 will take place on September 4th 2021 at Temple Newsam, Leeds and on September 5th 2021 at Hatfield Park, Hatfield.

Tickets from last years event will be honoured and remain valid for 2021.

Remaining tickets are on sale now with a range of payment plans, and can be purchased online from

Slam Dunk Festival To Take Place In September 2021

After an initial update at the start of this month, it has been confirmed that Slam Dunk Festival will now be taking place in September.

The news comes in light of an update from the UK government on when large live events are allowed to come back, which is June 21. The festival was scheduled to take place on May 29 and 30.

You can read a short statement from festival director Ben Ray below:

And now the festival has been given a further update confirming the dates festivals for September 2021.

“We know that after the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, many of you will now be looking forward to retuning to normal over the getting back to enjoying gigs, club nights and festivals! Whilst we welcome the new laid out in the roadmap, it does unfortunately seal the fate of Slam Dunk Festival not happening over May Bank Holiday Weekend.

We predicated as much much and have, of course, been working hard on rescheduled dates. So, we are very pleased to say that Slam Dunk Festival will now take place on:

NORTH – Sat 04 Sept @ Temple Newsam

SOUTH – Sun 05 Sept @ Hatfield Park

All previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates. Hopefully moving back to September will allow enough leeway should there be any delays to the current roadmap. We are also very happy to say the vast majority of the line-up will be staying with us for September, and a line-up announcement will be coming shortly. Your ticket provider will be in touch soon to confirm the next steps and assist you if you cannot make the new dates.

We want to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support in what has been a hell of a year. We can’t wait to get back to it!

Team SDF xo”

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 Adds A Lot Of Names To Lineup

There’s been a whole load of names added to the upcoming 2021 iteration of Slam Dunk Festival.

In addition to Don Broco and Sum 41 who will be the headlining bands, Young Guns, Trash Boat, Dream State, Movements, Doll Skin and more have all been added.

Ben Ray (Slam Dunk Festival Director) says:

“Not delivering Slam Dunk Festival in 2020 was hard, but with 2021 being the 15th anniversary we will be sure to make it a special one for us all. With overwhelming support shown by our fans by keeping hold of their tickets, I felt it was important to try to give them as many of the artists they bought their tickets for as possible. Therefore I’m so happy to be able to confirm the majority will be returning”.

The full lineup of bands are as follows:

Check out the full list of artists below:



All tickets from Slam Dunk Festival 2020 will be valid for 2021.

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 will take place May 29th (LEEDS) and May 30th (HATFIELD).

Slam Dunk Festival Announce Their Two Headliners For 2021

Slam Dunk Festival have confirmed that Don Broco and Sum 41 are going to be headlining the festival in 2021.

They are joining the already announced NOFX, Pennywise, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Reel Big Fish, The Vandals, Face To Face, Comeback Kid, Days N Daze and The Baboon Show.

Slam Dunk Festival is going to held at Leeds Temple Newsam on May 29th 2020 and Hatfield Park, London on May 30th 2020.

The festival have released the following statement.

“We are overwhelmed by the support you have shown by keeping hold of your tickets for next year, so many thanks to you all. We are glad to say that the line-up will remain very similar to the one that you bought your tickets for, and we should be able to bring you more announcements soon.

Today we are pleased to say our 2020 headliners are confirmed to return for 2021! #SDF2021 will be headlined by Sum 41 & Don Broco. Add to that the previously announced return of NOFX and their Punk In Drublic Stage!
Thank you for your patience on this, we are currently busy confirming up the rest of the line-up and hopefully will be able to announce this in the next few weeks.”

Slam Dunk Festival Announce First Bands For 2021

After the postponement of the 2020 Slam Dunk Festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 iteration of the festival has announced the first names which will be playing.

With the Punk In Drublic Festival EU Tour making its stop on the dates of Slam Dunk, NOFX, Pennywise, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, REel Big Fish, The Vandals and Face To Face are all set to play.

Comeback Kid, Days N Daze and The Baboon Show will play on different stages.

Another announcement is set to be coming “very soon”.

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 is set to take place on Leeds Temple Newsam and Hatfield at Hatfield Park on May 29th and 30th respectively.

Slam Dunk 2020 Festival Has Been Cancelled

It was inevitable nevertheless but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers of Slam Dunk Festival have regrettably announced they have been forced to cancel the 2020 edition of the festival.

Despite plans to reschedule and postpone to September 2020, they were forced to cancel until next year.

The festival’s director, Ben Ray confirmed the news via their social media with a statement, explaining the decision.

The festival is allowing ticket holders the choice of a refund or to hold onto their ticket which will be valid for 2021.

In addition, they’ve also planned they will plan to make as much of this year’s line-up available for next year as possible.

The full statement can be read below.


“It is with a very heavy heart I have to inform you that Slam Dunk Festival 2020 is postponed to 2021. We hung on to hope for as long as we could but with so many factors against us, we have had to accept the fact that it can’t go ahead. We had worked so hard to move it from May to September and with that we thought we had saved it for you, but sadly the outlook is not any better. We had been waiting for clear guidance on the matter and although this is still yet to come, we see no way that things will back to normal enough by September.

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2020, will of course remain valid for Slam Dunk 2021, so please if you can, hold on to them. If not, please contact your ticket provider as your money has always remained safely with them, and they will refund you. There will be a slight rise in ticket prices for 2021 due to increased costs of putting the event on so it will be worth holding on to them. Refunds will be available until the end of September and also tickets will remain on sale at their current price as an early bird ticket until then.

The new dates are:

Slam Dunk North: Saturday 29th May 2021: Leeds Temple Newsam
Slam Dunk South: Sunday 30th May 2021: Hatfield Park

We are currently working on the lineup, and should be able to reveal this quite quickly, as most bands due to play this year are able to come back for you in 2021.

Slam Dunk is an independent festival run by a small and committed team, all of whom hugely appreciate your patience and support on this. We will be announcing shortly some details of some merch and possibly other events to support us until we see you again in 2021,

Many thanks,

Ben Ray
Director, Slam Dunk Festival”

Slam Dunks ‘Punk In Drublic’ Stage Postponed to 2021

Another postponement announcement!

This is a part of Slam Dunk Festival but I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Slam Dunk for all that they’ve done! I know it’s massively difficult to reschedule an event, and I can only guess as to how much work is going into rescheduling an entire festival where it’s a herculean task to get as many acts on the bill for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

Slam Dunk Festival has announced that the Punk in Drublic festival has had to be postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The festival is currently working to bring in replacements to keep the spirit of it all alive

Below is the full statement from Slam Dunk.

Hey everyone – we hope you are all staying safe and staying home!
Unfortunately we bring sad news from our friends at Punk in Drublic Festival. Due to the different and ever-changing government advice across Europe, it was impossible for them to reschedule their EU run to later in the summer. They worked incredibly hard to try and save the situation and we commend them for their efforts. We are, of course, already working on bringing in suitable replacements to keep the Punk In Drublic spirit alive at SDF, with the recent addition of Alkaline Triobeing a great start!
We are continuing to work hard towards the new festival dates in September, but of course things remain uncertain. We don’t have any information that isn’t already available to all of you, and until we have clear guidance from the government going forward, we remain optimistic. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have some positivity in all of this and we’re so glad so many of you share that sentiment!
Please keep hold of your tickets until we have some firm government guidance either way. If the event doesn’t happen in September, you will be able to get a refund or there will be an option to keep your tickets for 2021. We as a business do not have your ticket money. It is held with the provider who you bought your tickets from. If you bought through your tickets were provided by Our other main ticketing provider is Ticketmaster.
As always we thank you for patience and support, as an independent festival it means the world.
Stay safe, stay vigilant, and stay optimistic! We hope to see you all soon. Team SDF xo

Slam Dunk Festival Add Two More Bands TO Rescheduled 2020 Festival Lineup

There’s still hope on the horizon for Slam Dunk Festival amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

After announcing the rescheduled dates for the 2020 festival and dropping it’s first wave of bands, they have confirmed two more bands will be joining the line up.

Those two bands you ask?

The Used anddddd….

Alkaline Trio!


Slam Dunk Festival 2020 is set to take place in September with the North dates at Leeds Temple Newsam on the 5th and at Hatfield House on 6th September.

My Favourite Slam Dunk Festival Sets

Hey everyone, keeping up with the Slam Dunk festival posts I’m doing this week, today’s post is going to be on my top five sets from bands at Slam Dunk Festival. These coast to the bands from 2014 – 2019 but they do not include the years 2015 and 2017 because I was not in attendance for them as I was working at the time and couldn’t get them off work (sobs). But there have been some standout performances in the years and I wanted to reminisce about what I saw and there’s going to be more on that but without further ado, my top five Slam Dunk Festival sets

5. Creeper (2018, Jagermeister Stage)

Before seeing them, I’d listen to Creeper in passing but up close on stage they were just on a different level to everyone else at the festival. With them being over on the arena sage it was a surprise that they weren’t higher on the bill for the festival because they really just exploded onto the scene and came up in a way that nobody had done in a while and if they ever do come back as another band or on another record cycle, then you just have to see it believe it.

4.With Confidence (2017, Key Club Stage)

I remember being so excited to see everyone on this stage in 2017. In fact, I was dodging in and out of places to get a glimpse but With Confidence were ones I’d been dying to see for a while. Besides from Set It Off and Tonight Alive, they were the bands whom I saw that just really connected with the crowd and made an attempt to get them excited and moving who succeeded. t’s tacks such as ‘Voldemort’ which cemented the belief that they were going to be the new thing to watch on the scene and when they return (maybe) they’ll do a lot better than this first attempt.

3. Set It Off (2015 Main Stage)

This was the first time Slam Dunk Festival was at the new area, they moved it from the Leeds University campus, closer to the centre of town so they could have a larger crowd of people and get to spread out things across Leeds. But what I remember for Set It Off on this occasion was just a full half hour or so of energy being delivered to the crowd and the crowd just wanting more. With their record, Duality, there was just nothing that they couldn’t do and everyone was feeding into every time and time again from their on-set shenanigans when Cody was funnily introducing everyone during Ancient History to him crowd surfing his butt off and giving some love to the crowd.

2. Tonight Alive ( 2017, Key Club Stage)

I say this performance because they had come a long way since their 2014 introduction. With this performance, they were three records in (I believe) by this point and nothing could stop them. With favourites such as Lonely Girl and The Ocean (which mad its debut at Slam Dunk 2014 as well) they just cemented why Tonight Alive were headliners and a band that is forever going to be on the rise. They commanded and controlled the crowd, toying with their emotions where they became the embodiment of angels (at least to the crowd) but what I love about seeing tonight alive is the atmosphere they bring, they always bring 110% to the crowd in a way that no other band are able to match, well at least for that years festival.

  1. As It Is (2018, Signature Stage

For As It Is, The Great Depression hadn’t even been released yet but they were on the cusp of changing just about everything which made the band identifiable as, as it is. But, that didn’t stop them from getting the crowd in circle pits, having a great time and playing their hearts out last year. They showed Leeds what they’d been missing out on with the Brighton boys just having that little bit of swagger which was enough to give everything to the crowd but with The Wounded World just recently being released, it was all the better to see live because that for me was where the energy never stopped. As It Is proved that their members were much more than the sum of their band, they were a band who’ll be transcendent much after they one day decide to call it quits.


And that’s it for my second post in the run-up to this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Make sure to check out my other posts this week and hopefully, you’ll have an amazing time seeing all your favourite bands play.