Final Bands Announced for Slam Dunk 2019

Neck Deep, As It Is and more complete the line-up for the UK’s premier independent alternative festival.

The final batch of bands set to play this year’s Slam Dunk Festival has been announced. Pop-punk powerhouses Neck Deep and As It Is are among the biggest names added to an already stacked festival bill. Also joining the party are former pop-punks, turned experimental pioneers Boston Manor; reunited pop-punk legends A Loss for Words; heavy hitters SHVPES, Kublai Khan and Cruel Hand and newcomers Grandson, Between You & Me, Story Untold and Press to Meco.

Also announced is the complete line-up for the much-loved Acoustic Stage, featuring Rob Lynch, Liam Cromby (We Are the Ocean), Chas Palmer-Williams (Lightyear), Lizzy Farrell and the UK Solo Debut of Justin Pierre (Formerly of Motion City Soundtrack).

This is the full list of newly announced bands: Neck Deep, As It Is, Boston Manor, A Loss For Words, Grandson, Press To Meco, Story Untold, Between You & Me, The Plot In You, SHVPES, Kublai Khan, Cruel Hand, Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack), Rob Lynch, Liam Cromby (We Are the Ocean), Chas Palmer-Williams (Lightyear) and Lizzy Farrell.

These bands join co-headliners; All Time Low and Bullet for my Valentine; legends Story of the Year and New Found Glory; the festival-within-a-festival, Punk in Drublic; featuring NoFX, Bad Religion and Less Than Jake, and many, many more.

Slam Dunk has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a cult-favourite club-night at the now-defunct Cockpit, in Leeds. It is now one of the UK’s biggest independent music festivals, and is home to all things pop-punk, emo, indie, metalcore and alternative.

Slam Dunk Festival takes place on the following dates:

25 May Leeds Temple Newsam
26 May Hatfield House

Fresh from storming across the UK’s monumental arenas with Don Broco, Neck Deep stand as one of the biggest British pop-punk bands of the 21st century. Their unapologetic twist on such a celebrated and classic sound has cemented their place as prominent movers and shakers of the scene. The Hopeless Records’ act kicked off their global tour of The Peace and The Panic at Slam Dunk Festival back in 2017 and they are returning full circle in 2019 to close the tour before they go away to start on their new album.

Starting from internet message boards between Brighton and Minnesota, pop-punk As It Is are set to return to Slam Dunk Festival this year. Latest album The Great Depression saw the quartet embrace darkness, melancholically exploring deep societal perceptions on mental health, masculinity and death. With this stunning reinvention, the Slam Dunk crowd can expect a theatrically delivery of anthemic tracks ‘The Reaper’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘The Wounded World’.

Patty Walters says;
We’re fired up and ready to come back and hit Slam Dunk this year with our new record. It’s always been a milestone moment. See you in the pit!”

Following the release of their second full-length ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’, Blackpool favourites Boston Manor continue to cement their status as one of the most exciting bands in British rock music. Currently on a UK tour with last year’s Slam Dunk Festival headliners, Good Charlotte, the northern mob are demanding attention with driving guitars and devastating melodies. Boston Manor’s performance at Slam Dunk Festival this summer is guaranteed to have festival-goers hanging off every note.

Henry Cox of Boston Manor says;
“We’re very excited to be playing Slam Dunk again this year; it’s one of our favourite UK festivals. We’re gonna make it one to remember.”

A Loss For Words are one of the most iconic names in pop-punk. In their decade-spanning career, the Massachusetts troupe changed the course of the early 2000’s alternative scene for generations and remain as figureheads of the American pop-punk genres, inspiring many Slam Dunk Festival artists. Following their split in 2015, the band have chosen Slam Dunk Festival as their UK reunion on the 10 year anniversary of the album, The Kids Can’t Lose; their performance at Hatfield and Leeds will be packed full of undeniable classics for a masterclass in original pop-punk.

Breaking Billboard’s Top 40 chart in 2017 with highly-charged single ‘Blood // Water’, grandson joins the impressive Slam Dunk Festival lineup. After a mammoth 12 months  which featured trailblazing live moments, monumental streaming numbers and a Fueled By Ramen signing, Jordan Benjamin aka grandson will spark a youthful rebellion with an hotly-tipped performance at Slam Dunk Festival.

On making his Slam Dunk and UK festival debut, grandson says;

“This summer I and a small caravan of the baddest most diabolical rock and roll immigrants I could possibly assemble will be descending on your grounds to play my first ever festival outside of North America. I am not exaggerating when I say it is something I have been looking forward to my entire life, and my preparation, enthusiasm onstage, and general attitude will reflect that excitement I have. I can not promise you will agree with everything I have to say up there, I can not promise I will fit in with the rest of the music you will hear that day, but I promise it’ll get real fucking loud and real fucking dark. See you there.”

Taking inspiration from the likes of SiKth, Everything Everything and Abba, Press To Meco are refreshingly creative in their musical pursuits. With soaring vocals and technical veracity, the Croydon three piece are set to make a storm at Slam Dunk Festival. Slam Dunk will also look forward to an energetic performance from Canada’s  Story Untold who will deliver smooth pop-rock rhythms from across the Atlantic to Hatfield and Leeds. Australian natives Between You & Me are also set to join the Slam Dunk lineup with infectious hits like ‘Dakota’ and ‘Overthinking’ for a demonstration in pop-punk from Down Under.

Press To Meco says;
“We’re super excited to announce we’ll be playing Slam Dunk this year. It’s one of the coolest UK festivals and they knock the line up out of the park every year.”

Birmingham metallers SHVPES will mark their unstoppable rise with an appearance at this year’s festival, bringing their highly-anticipated new album Greater Than to life with a life presence that has captivated audiences around the world. Delivering filthy riffs and monster blastbeats with their latest album ‘Nomad’, North Texan mob Kublai Khan promise an unmissable performance. Cruel Hand will inject even more American hardcore to Hatfield and Leeds over the May Bank Holiday weekender.

We’re fired up and ready to come back and hit Slam Dunk this year with our new record. It’s always been a milestone moment. See you in the pit!”

In addition to these incredible names, Slam Dunk Festival have revealed Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack, Rob Lynch, Liam Cromby, formerly of We Are The Ocean, Chas Palmer-Williams of Lightyear and Lizzy Farrell for their revered acoustic stage.

After the huge success of Slam Dunk’s move to Hatfield House last year, Slam Dunk North will move to Leeds’ Temple Newsam Estate so even more pop-punk fanatics can make their way to the definitive date of the alternative diary. Reaching across two stunning greenfield sites in Leeds and Hatfield on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019 – Slam Dunk 2019 is the next evolution for that go-to destination of rock.