Line-up revealed for Leeds’s Slam Dunk festival

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Panic! At the Disco will headline Slam Dunk festival as it returns to Leeds for its 10th year.

Some of the line-up has finally been revealed for the event, which is set to attract 15,000 music fans to the city.

Other names added to the bill include Of Mice and Men and New Found Glory.

More than 40 bands are yet to be announced, and will step on stage at seven stages across Leeds as part of the festival in May 2016.

Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie said: “It’s awesome. It’s so cool, and I’m very excited.

“We haven’t actually played it before but we have friends who have, and have heard it’s awesome! And sure, there’s a little bit of pressure, I’m not gonna lie!”

Festival founder and director, Ben Ray, said: “I’m so happy to be able to do the festival again in the same place.

“After designing the site it was amazing to see it come together and work so well and seeing thousands of music fans watching stages in the middle of the street was surreal!

“I can’t thank all the different departments in Leeds City Council that have come together to make the event work and for the support they have given us.”

Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Taking Back Sunday, The All-American Rejects, You Me At Six have all taken to the Slam Dunk stage over the years.

Venues taking part this year include Millennium Square, Leeds Beckett University, O2 Academy, The Rose Bowl and Baa Bar.

There will also be two outdoor stages and an after party will be held at Leeds University Union.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “It’s exciting to be welcoming back Slam Dunk to Millennium Square, which has become a real focal point for live music, concerts and performances in the city centre.

“Last year’s Slam Dunk created a huge buzz and I’m sure this year will be bigger and better than ever.”

The festival will come to Leeds on Saturday, May 28 next year before going to Birmingham on May 29 and Hatfield on May 30.

To mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, bands that have played at the event over the last decade will also perform.

Four Year Strong will also perform. Singer Dan O’Connor said: “Slam Dunk was one of the first fests to have us in the UK and was one of the best shows we had ever played there.

“We always love playing it because we know the shows are going to be insane and the crowd is going to show up ready to get crazy.“

Every Time I Die will be returning to the festival along with Issues, pop-punk band Real Friends and Texan metalcore heavyweights Memphis May Fire.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 27 and prices start at £42.

For tickets, visit www.slamdunkmusic.com.


Slam Dunk Festival started in 2006 with a one-off show at Millennium Square in Leeds.

2007 saw the festival move to the University of Leeds and develop a multi-stage format.

2010 saw the introduction of the first Slam Dunk southern date. Hatfield was chosen due to the amazing site and great transport links from London.

2013 the festival opened a third site in Wolverhampton. The festival also had smaller spin-offs in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

2015 The Leeds site moved back to Millennium Square and took over the surrounding areas to close roads and create a mini festival site with Leeds city centre.

2016 will see the Midlands site move to the Birmingham NEC.