Slam Dunk Festival actually started as a rock club night in 2001 at the legendary Cockpit in Leeds. It specialised in the pop punk / emo / ska punk / hardcore genres, and the brand also promoted shows by some of the most popular of the bands in the genres across Leeds. As these genres became more popular over the years, the brand started to become nationally known as one of the original and best associated with the music, branching out and starting up the festival, as well as the record label that launched You me at Six.
2008 saw the format change from a one stage festival to the multi stage festival at Leeds University it is today. With the increase of stages came the increase in the number of bands, from international and major UK bands to the smaller upcoming UK bands. Being the only festival of its type to do this, the awareness of the festival quickly grew nationally. 2009 saw the festival grow even more to a total of seven stages and with an overall capacity of 5000 which sold out almost instantly.
Slam Dunk festival is now known for showcasing new UK talent, picking up the likes of You Me at Six in 2007 and Young Guns in 2009, as well as bringing over the cream of US talent for a UK audience. The list of previous bands includes Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Thursday, The Academy Is, Kids in Glass Houses, Hundred Reasons, Boys like Girls, The Blackout, Twin Atlantic, The Ghost of a Thousand, Devil sold his Soul, Attack! Attack!, Zebrahead, Sonic Boom Six, Fightstar and many more.
ADULT DAY TICKETS: 24/05/2014 - Leeds University, Leeds - £39.00
A Loss For Words Blitz Kids Bury Tomorrow Caliban Canterbury Capdown Chiodos Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Crown The Empire Decade Fandangle Ghost Town Gnarwolves Goldfinger Heart Of A Coward Hit The Lights I Am The Avalanche I Killed The Prom Queen Jesse James Kids In Glass Houses letlive. Mallory Knox Marmozets MC Lars Modern Baseball Motion City Soundtrack Neck Deep Real Friends Save Your Breath State Champs The All American Rejects (Festival headliner) The Devil Wears Prada The Ghost Inside The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus We Are The In Crowd We The Kings Zebrahead