Secret Slam Dunk Leeds party venue revealed

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A Leeds festival has announced which city venue will be hosting its official secret aftershow party.

This year’s aftershow event for Slam Dunk Festival will take place inside the First Direct Arena.

The venue will take out the main stage to create more floor space for over 4000 rock fans on Saturday, May 23.

There are talks with the Guinness book of World records in the hope Slam Dunk can set a record for the UK’s biggest rock club night.

Tony Watson, head of marketing for First Direct Arena, said: “Slam Dunk is a great and vibrant event for the City of Leeds and we are looking forward to hosting the official aftershow party.

“We plan to finish the festival in style and give it a noteworthy end.”

Last year Slam Dunk was crowned the nation’s best festival at the Kerrang! Awards.

With more than a 50 per cent increase in tickets compared to last year, Slam Dunk’s 10th year is set to be the biggest yet.

Ben Ray, event director, said: “Venues come and go every few years and it does have a massive impact, we were all worried that when The Cockpit went that it would be detrimental to the city’s music scene but the City’s music scene will never die. It is constantly evolving and venues are always changing.

“It’s quite shocking really you never would have thought at the beginning that Slam Dunk would be a national touring rock festival.

“The aftershow event is nearly sold out and this is before people even know where it was going to be. It is going to be big one for sure, definitely one hell of a party.”

The festival’s acts are all set to play at the O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Millennium Square.

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