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Sat 26th May at 1:00pm
Slam Dunk Festival - North
@ Leeds University Union, Leeds
Featuring: Taking Back Sunday, The Blackout, Motion City Soundtrack, Architects, The King Blues, Say Anything, Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats, While She Sleeps, Of Mice & Men, Hit The Lights, Set Your Goals, Forever The Sickest Kids, Make Do And Mend, Lower Than Atlantis, The Audition, The Story So Far, Don Broco, The Word Alive
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Slam Dunk Festival - North: Taking Back Sunday + The Blackout + Motion City Soundtrack + Architects + The King Blues + Say Anything + Mayday Parade + Every Time I Die + Cancer Bats + While She Sleeps + Of Mice & Men + Hit The Lights + Set Your Goals + Forever The Sickest Kids + Make Do And Mend + Lower Than Atlantis + The Audition + The Story So Far + Don Broco + The Word Alive
2012 welcomes in the 7th annual Slam Dunk Festival, back to the regular North and South locations of Leeds and Hertfordshire Universities. Slam Dunk 2012 has also announced that a stripped-down but still awesome line up will be setting up at both Cardiff University on Monday 28th May AND at Glasgow O2 ABC on Tuesday 29th May.
In the past, Slam Dunk Festival has played host to some of the rock worlds favourite acts including Paramore, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six and many more. It can also lay claim to propelling the careers of the likes of Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout and We Are The Ocean.
This year looks set to be no different with Taking Back Sunday headlining the Main Stage over both days. Slam Dunk also plays host to the only UK shows for the Every Time I Die / Cancer Bats / Set Your Goals / Make Do And Mend tour that hits Europe earlier in the month.
There will be more exciting announcements to come from the world of pop punk, rock and punk over the coming weeks!
See www.slamdunkmusic.com/slam-dunk-festival for further information.
Founded by 'punk for life' Long Islander Eddie Reyes, Taking Back Sunday is a five-piece combining catchy yet meaningful songwriting layered over a unique blend of rock's best attributes. Taking Back Sunday debuted with 'Tell All Your Friends', an album that like the 2004 follow-up 'Where You Want To Be' and 2006's 'Louder Now' reached Gold status. Their 2009 album 'New Again' was their third consecutive album to hit the Billboard Top 10 and was followed by 2010's live acoustic album 'Live From Orensanz'.
Taking Back Sunday tour dates
Welsh emo rockers The Blackout are known for their passionate and furious live shows. The youthful six-piece use double vocals and searing guitars to create a frenzied sound.
The Blackout tour dates
US band whose music bristles with swirling guitar energy, indie/synth sounds and a restless creativity that often shows itself in their wry wit and inventive lyrics, a skewed commentary on pop culture.
Motion City Soundtrack tour dates
Formed in Brighton 2004, Architects let their music speak for itself. Focus on the music, songs and riffs rather than pretentious image has meant the boys have already made a considerable name for themselves in amongst the UK underground hardcore scene.
Architects tour dates
'Conscious rudeboy ska' outfit The King Blues began life as a duo, expanding to a sextet and signing to Field Recordings by 2007. The band take a raw, punk attitude to ska, with autobiographical songs and 'a commitment to politics and resistance'.
The King Blues tour dates
Consisting of Max Bemis, Coby Linder, Alex Kent, Jake Turner, Jeff Turner and Parker Case, Los Angeles band Say Anything mix emo, indie and electro-rock for a passionate and unmistakable sound.
Say Anything tour dates
The Florida quintet formed in 2005 and have already proved themselves to be one of pop-punks hardest working bands around – notching up some impressive tours and sharing the stage with the likes of All Time Low, Set Your Goals, The Academy Is…as well as taking part in the prestigious Vans Warped Tour. A favourite in the pop-punk circuit and live scene, Mayday Parade will always guarantee to put on an amazing and energetic show every single night.
Mayday Parade tour dates
A hardcore act from the U.S.A, whose affinity for classic rock groups such as Motorhead and Thin Lizzy marks them out from many of the other bands operating in their genre. 'Their indefinable compositions cater to enthusiasts of hardcore, metal, emo and rock and roll alike without compromising sincerity or energy'- www.mtv.com.
Every Time I Die tour dates
A heavy, destructive, powerful explosion of southern metal, hardcore and punk rock. Their first release in 2005 saw the band touring across North America and today, only a few years later, they tour worldwide. A ferocious act, Cancer Bats have only one message and one mission: 'destroy'.
Cancer Bats tour dates
While She Sleeps are a post-hardcore five-piece from Sheffield. Since the release of their mini-album, ‘The North Stands For Nothing’, in the summer of 2010, While She Sleeps have been on a trailblazing path that has seen them become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK hard rock and metal circuits for some years. From a sold out headline tour, their tent-swelling set at Sonisphere festival, venues on the prestigious Kerrang! tour having queues of people snaked around the block so that fans could get in to see Sleeps open the bill, to critical acclaim across the pages of Kerrang! Metal Hammer and Rock Sound and regular plays on Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV, the Sheffield natives have rapidly and justifiably become one of the highest regarded rock bands in Britain.
While She Sleeps tour dates
Southern California rockers founded by Austin Carlile, taking their name from the John Steinbeck novel and film. Their breakthrough 2nd album, 2011's TheFlood, reached no.28 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered praise from the New York Times, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and more. With sales exceeding 125,000, The Flood remains one of the most successful releases in 22 years on Rise Records. This metalcore collective have been compared in style to the Deftones, Disturbed and Slipknot.
Of Mice & Men tour dates
American pop-punkers Hit The Lights have been a mainstay in the pop punk community for over 7 years now, creating a name for themselves with their catchy and hook laden brand of pop punk.
Hit The Lights tour dates
Dallas-born power pop combo. Their first EP, 'Television Off, Party On' was released in 2007 and their first album 'Underdog Alma Mater' shortly afterwards in April 2008. The band signed to Universal Motown and saw television spots and slots with the Warped Tour soon after. It wasn't long after this that the band were being booked for overseas dates with success looking inevitable.
Forever The Sickest Kids tour dates
Hailing from the East Coast of the US, Make Do and Mend create music, which is as melodic as it is fierce. Combining the depth of Hot Water Music and the youthfulness of Jimmy Eat World, Make Do And Mend piece it all together perfecting a sound that's more than able to convince you that aggressive emotion and heartfelt honesty are not dead in punk music.
Make Do And Mend tour dates
Lower Than Atlantis are a four-piece rock/alternative band riding high on the wave of British rock talent, having already picked up some serious airplay on the likes of Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV.
Lower Than Atlantis tour dates
Emo pop-punk group from Chicago. Formed in 2002, the five-piece have a passion-fuelled and soul-driven sound, fronted by the heart-breaking vocals of singer Danny Stevens. 'How many times have you heard the words next big thing? Well, The Audition is it.’ - LastFM.
The Audition tour dates
A five piece punk / rock band from Walnut Creek, California.
The Story So Far played their first ever UK tour in 2012, supporting Man Overboard and receiving a rapturous response from British fans. Their music is a perfect amalgamation of pop punk and the hardcore roots it came from.
The Story So Far (US) tour dates
Having formed officially in 2008 after a number of years playing together, and in various other bands, vocalist Rob Damiani, guitarist Simon Delaney and drummer Matt Donnelly have honed the art of rock music with a gloriously melodic edge. Joined by new recruit Tom Doyle on bass, the quartet's debut album is one of the most adrenaline-veined, hook-heavy rock debuts of the year.
Don Broco tour dates
A five piece metal band from Arizona who are helping usher in the next evolution of melodic metal. Exploring themes of both personal and musical development, the album marks the moment when The Word Alive took destiny firmly by the reins, determined to eclipse their past accomplishments.
The Word Alive tour dates
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Venue: Leeds University Union