It’s already been confirmed that this year’s instalment of Slam Dunk is going to be different. With the festival growing bigger every year as they scrap the Midlands’ date to focus on expanding Leeds’, we’re going to witness it hit a monumental milestone. Now, they’ve hit us with another surprise as they’ve announced ten more acts which will have us even more conflicted when the stage-split announcement comes.
The first two names were dropped the night before: indie pop quartet Hellogoodbye and alt-rock giants Plain White T’s. Hellogoodbye are the festival’s oldest returning veterans as they played the first ever event when it took place on just a singular stage in Millennium Square in 2006. Whereas with Plain White T’s, this will be their first ever appearance despite having a huge worldwide impact with their 4x Platinum certified hit ‘Hey There Delilah’ in the same year.
All of today’s names are also new to the festival: Touché Amoré, Tigers Jaw, Wage War, Lights, Microwave, Employed To Serve, Our Hollow, Our Home and Wallflower.
Lights may be electropop but she’s well-ingrained in the heavier scene. From her hard-hitting, emotional lyrics to her appearances alongside Bring Me The Horizon and Silverstein, as well as her marriage to blessthefall’s Beau Bokan, the MySpace queen was one of the biggest names in the 2010’s alt era.
Touché Amoré, Tigers Jaw, Microwave and Wallflower add to the already eclectic mix of hardcore and emo acts on the bill. With the recent release of Touché Amoré’s live album 10 Years / 1000 Shows – Live at the Regent Theatre, who wouldn’t want to see that in person? Also, many may know the latter two from their support slots on tour with Boston Manor last September.
Heavier bands Wage War, Employed To Serve and Our Hollow, Our Home fit perfectly with those who’ve already been definitely confirmed for the Impericon Stage. All three bands have been hard at work churning out new material: on 9th January Wage War dropped their brand new single ‘Low’, while Employed To Serve announce their third album is due 10th May, and Our Hallow, Our Home released their second album In Moment // In Memory in October, meaning Slam Dunk attendees could be some of the first to witness all this new material live.
They’ll all be joining the likes of All Time Low, Bullet For My Valentine, New Found Glory, NOFX and Real Friends.
Tickets are on sale now from slamdunkfestival.com.