Leeds’s Slam Dunk Festival unveils its first acts

DEBUT: Jimmy Eat World will appear at Slam Dunk festival in 2018.
DEBUT: Jimmy Eat World will appear at Slam Dunk festival in 2018.
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Slam Dunk Festival, one of Leeds’s biggest annual music events, has announced the first six bands that will take to the stage for 2018.

The punk-pop festival, which is staged in various city centre venues including Millennium Square, is set to return for its biggest year to date, on Saturday May 26, when the anthemic Jimmy Eat World will take to the stage in their debut Slam Dunk appearance.

They will be joined by emo leaders Taking Back Sunday, party-starters Four Year Strong, post-hardcore heroes Sleeping With Sirens, pop-punk’s hottest property State Champs and fast-rising mob Trash Boat, all of which are poised to deliver the performance of the summer.

All six acts will be gracing the Slam Dunk Festival stages as UK festival exclusives.

Responsible for powering a cult movement with pioneering songwriting and unfaltering live performances, Jimmy Eat World continue to captivate audiences and inspire pop-punk rock acts of the modern era.

The festival’s southern leg, in Hatfield, is also expanding. Having outgrown its long-time base at the University of Hatfield, it will now be staged at Hatfield Park. Festival Director, Ben Ray said: “The event was selling out months in advance so we knew we had to move it and make it bigger.”

Tickets go on sale at 9am, Friday from http://slamdunkmusic.com/