The full line-up for the Slam Dunk 2021 festival has finally been confirmed with Sum 41, Don Broco, Billy Talent and While She Sleeps returning as headliners. The long anticipated announcement came after the cancellation of the event this year, and following the first few acts being re-booked earlier in June. The 2021 edition is scheduled for 29 May at Leeds Temple Newsam (North) and 30 May at Hatfield Park (South).
Since most people kept their 2020 tickets, organiser stated on their official Twitter channel that its “only right to try to bring back as many SDF20 artists as we could“. Tickets already purchased will be valid for 2021, and for a limited time more tickets are on sale for next year at their older price, starting from £75.90 and available at ther official website.
We are very pleased to confirm the final list of artists who were due to play SDF20 and who are able to come back to play SDF21 for you. As the vast majority have kept hold of your tickets for next year it seemed only right to try to bring back as many SDF20 artists as we could.. pic.twitter.com/YZS2Ea5yLD
— Slam Dunk Festival (@SlamDunkMusic) August 24, 2020
The 2021 edition will mark the 15th anniversary of the festival since its first show in 2006. Done under the slogan “A New Dawn“, the festival is promised to be “the biggest and best one yet“. With a line-up like this and with music fans across the globe getting hungrier for live events, the festival is sure to sell out very quick so get your ticket now to avoid disappointments. Additional information on transport and accomodation for both North and South shows, along with different merch and festival masks are all available online.
As confirmed, Canadians Sum 41 return as headliners along fellow compatriots Billy Talent and California punk rock veterans NOFX. The main British acts are Bedford rockers Don Broco and local metalcore favourites While She Sleeps and Bury Tomorrow. Joining them is a long list of both well established acts and fresh names from the international punk, rock, metal and hardcore scene. Among the seemingly endless line-up are The Used, State Champs, Pennywise, The Wonder Years, Code Orange, Reel Big Fish, and many many more.
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The fesitval is organised annually by independant label Slam Dunk Records. The idea was first born around the ‘Slam Dunk’ weekly event at Leeds’ Cockpit music venue (now operating as The Key Club) with the sole goal to “change the UK pop-punk scene forever“, and quickly transformed into one of the main annual events for punk and metal lovers. Ogirinally only held in Leeds, since 2010 the festival has turned into a two-day event with additional day added closer to London in response to growing popularity and demand.
Since most major events for this summer got cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situations, festival organisers and promoters got busy with planning their schedule for 2021 and Slam Dunk is one of the latest to be finalised for next year. Assuming everything goes to plan and no external factors interfere, next summer is looking like one to remember. All everyone needs to do is keep a safe distance, wash their hands regularly and wear a mask so we can all go back to the live events we have missed for so long now.