Slam Dunk names are just grand for music fans in Leeds

You Me At Six lead singer Josh Franceschi on stage.
You Me At Six lead singer Josh Franceschi on stage.
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You wait ages for a festival announcement, then three come along in the same week...

First the organisers of Live At Leeds revealed the names of 100 acts who will be playing their event in May.

Then the team at Leeds Festival confirmed that Mumford & Sons will be one of the headliners at Bramham Park this summer.

And now more than a dozen acts have been announced for Leeds’s annual Slam Dunk Festival, which will be held this year on Saturday, May 23.

You Me At Six are playing the alternative rock bash as main stage headliners, with other names confirmed including Taking Back Sunday, Lower Than Atlantis, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep and Bayside.

Taking place this year for the 10th time, the main focus of the festival will be its original home of Millennium Square as well as surrounding on-street stages.

Acts will also be performing at the O2 Academy Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

Slam Dunk’s Leeds leg has sister festivals running in Hatfield and Wolverhampton on May 24 and 25 respectively.

You Me At Six have been regulars at the event over the years and frontman Josh Franceschi is looking forward to making a return to familiar territory.

He said: “We are really excited to be headlining Slam Dunk Festival again.

“Leeds in particular will always have a special place in You Me’s hearts as our first ever label and management company was based there.”

Event director Ben Ray said: “Being the 10th Slam Dunk Festival I thought I’d make it a special one!

“For the last few years, the festival has been tucked away up at [the University of Leeds] and with it selling out easily each year, we’ve not had to shout about it too much.

“Now it’s doubling in size and we are taking over half the city centre, hopefully more people in Leeds will realise how big the homegrown Slam Dunk brand has grown across the country.

“I’ve wanted to make the move back to Millennium Square for a while, so to do it this year is great.”

Slam Dunk tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday.

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