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Preview: Slam Dunk Festival 2016

Carrie Humphries


2016 marks the tenth anniversary of Slam Dunk Festival, and the organisers have a gargantuan event in store for this year to celebrate the occasion. The alternative music festival returns on bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th May 2016; and will once again be travelling between three cities across the UK.

The northern and southern legs of the event will return to their previous homes of Leeds City Centre and The Forum in Hertfordshire, while the Midlands leg has moved to a new location of the NEC in Birmingham for 2016; as its previous home, Wolverhampton Civic, is currently undergoing renovation.

The festival will see more than fifty artists and DJs from the world of rock, punk, ska and metal, playing on a plethora of indoor and outdoor stages; along with several food outlets, bars, merchandise and clothing stands scattered across the festival sites.

This year sees Slam Dunk headlined by pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco, who are joined by a host of other artists such as New Found Glory, Of Mice & Men, Mallory Knox, Young Guns and Yellowcard. Also, the festival are teaming up with Kerrang! to showcase some of the hottest new talent on the Fresh Blood Stage, including New Years Day, Creeper, Boston Manor and Dead! All the music and fun kicks off at 1pm.

When the live music has finished; the festival sites play host to the famous Slam Dunk afterparties until the early hours, which are hosted by the DJs from several popular British alternative club nights including Uprawr.

This year’s festival is already looking to be a huge success, with tickets to both the Leeds and Hertfordshire events selling out. However; there are still tickets available for Birmingham, and with ticket prices beginning at £42 for an individual festival ticket or £47 for a ticket to the festival and afterparty, it is a snip of the prices of many UK festivals.

For tickets and to see 2016’s full awesome line up, check out the Slam Dunk website