NEW ADDITIONS TO SLAM DUNK


The latest additions to the Slam Dunk Festivals 2011 lineup are Hellogoodbye who followed up their hit album ‘Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!’ with the release of‘Would It Kill You?’ last month, The Dangerous Summer who were last seen on these shores supporting Francesqa, Yorkshire metallers making big waves While She Sleeps, Glaswegian rockers Yashin, Preston punks Failsafe, who were recently seen on an episode of The Inbetweeners and New York pop-punkers With The Punches.

All of the above join the following bands already confirmed for the festivals: Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, 3oh!3, The Starting Line, Set Your Goals, We Are The Ocean, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, Hit The Lights, Mayday Parade, Deaf Havana, Framing Hanley, Versa Emerge, Francesqa, The Skints, Dance Gavin Dance, This Time Next Year, Rocket To The Moon, We Are The In Crowd, Innerpartysystem, Tek One, A Loss For Words and Decade.

Full set of Slam Dunk Dates are as follows:

27.05– Slam Dunk Scotland @ Glasgow ABC (featuring – Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Goldfinger & Set Your Goals)
28.05 – Slam Dunk Festival North @ Leeds, University (featuring the full line-up detailed further down the press release)
29.05 – Slam Dunk Festival South @Hatfield, University Of Hertfordshire (featuring the full line-up detailed further down the press release)
30.05 – Slam Dunk Birmingham @Birmingham, HMV Institute (featuring – Less Than Jake, The Starting Line, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, We Are The Ocean, Set Your Goals, Hit The Lights, MC Lars and more TBC)
31.05Slam Dunk By The Sea @ Southampton, Guildhall (featuring – Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Goldfinger & Set Your Goals.)

FRANCESQA UK TOUR

 

Francesqa have announced a run of UK headlines dates to coincide with their appearance at this year’s Slam Dunk festival. Tickets go on sale tomorrow – Wednesday March 16th.
09.05 University Student Union, Hull
10.05 53 Degrees, Preston
11.05  Student Union, Sheffield
12.05  Student Union, Loughborough
13.05  The Peel, London
14.05  The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
16.05  Surrey Student Union, Guildford
17.05  Railway Inn, Winchester
18.05  The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
19.05  Waterfront, Norwich
21.05  Hub Festival, Liverpool
23.05  Sin City, Swansea
25.05  Moles, Bath
26.05  Orange Box, Yeovil
28.05  Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds
29.05  Slam Dunk Festival, Hertfordshire

‘SLAM DUNK ON TOUR’ DATES

Due to phenomenal demand, Slam Dunk Festival is expanding yet again to take some of the festival’s line up to other cities across the May bank holiday weekend. New additions are Slam Dunk Scotland (featuring – Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Goldfinger & Set Your Goals), Slam Dunk Birmingham (featuring – Less Than Jake, The Starting Line, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, We Are The Ocean, Set Your Goals, Hit The Lights, MC Lars and more TBC) and of course  Slam Dunk By The Sea (featuring – Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Goldfinger & Set Your Goals.)
Dates are now as follows:

Friday 27th May – Slam Dunk Scotland – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 28th May – Slam Dunk Festival North –  Leeds, University
Sunday 29th May – Slam Dunk Festival South – Hatfield, University Of Hertfordshire
Monday 30th May – Slam Dunk Birmingham – Birmingham, HMV Institute
Tuesday 31st May – Slam Dunk By The Sea – Southampton, Guildhall

In addition to these exciting additional dates a few new bands have been added to the main events at Leeds and Hatfield in the shape of  Set Your Goals, pop-punk legends Hit The Lights, fast-rising British rockers Francesqa and dub-step act, Tek One.

Be sure to snap up your tickets asap!

FRANCESQA LIVE REVIEW

We were lucky enough to catch the second date of Francesqa’s headline tour at Bucks New Uni SU with support from The Dangerous Summer and AVER. Check out what we thought here! And keep an eye on the site over the next few days to find out what happened when we had a chat with Francesqa about tour life, full length albums and lesser-known artistic skills…

FRANCESQA’S NEW SITE AND VIDEO

Having only shot their latest  video last week, Francesqa are already on the brink of debuting it to the masses. At 5pm tonight their new website will launch along with their music video for ‘All I Had’ and we can barely contain our excitement! Be sure to head over to francesqa.com this evening to see it for yourselves.

Don’t forget their headlining tour kicks off in just over two weeks with support from The Dangerous Summer. Tickets are going fast so be sure to snap them up to avoid disappointment!

11.02 – Norwich, Arts Centre
12.02 – High Wycombe, Bucks University
13.02 – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
15.02 – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
16.02 – Newcastle, Academy 2
17.02 – Glasgow, King Tuts
18.02 – Derry, Nerve Centre
19.02 – Belfast, Speakeasy
20.02 – Dublin, Academy 2
22.02 – Leeds, Cockpit
23.02 – Manchester, Roadhouse
24.02 – London, Borderline
25.02 – Oxford, Academy 2
26.02 – Southampton, Joiners
27.02 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

FRANCESQA AND SENSES FAIL ANNOUNCE SUPPORTS.

Feburary is shaping up to be a busy month for poppunk fans in the UK. Two fantastic upcoming US bands have just announced their return! Hopeless Records’s The Dangerous Summer will be supporting UK boys Francesqa and Man Overboard will be supporting Senses Fail. Also, be sure to turn up early and check out Francesqa’s local openers each night to discover something new at your date.

END OF YEAR ROUND UP

So it’s the end of the year and what a year it was! We thought we’d share our highlights, where America trips feature heavily, as do reunions (every one loves a reunion!) and festivals. Bella also shares her favourite albums of the year. We hope you all enjoyed your 2010 musical adventures as much as we did, 2011 has a lot to live up to!

The reunions: From Something Corporate’s US comeback tour to the long awaited return of blink-182 to British shores, there has certainly more than a little nostalgia value to this year’s music memories for me. No complaints here and I am very much looking forward to seeing the reunions continue in to 2011 with Further Seems Forever confirmed for Groezrock and Rufio joining forces with Allister for their intimate UK tour in April.

The album shows: It may be true that nothing gold can stay but New Found Glory celebrating the anniversary of their self titled release with a full album tour reminded us all that pop punk’s not dead.

The best of British: With You Me At Six flying the flag on Warped Tour and albums by the likes of Straight Lines, Futures and The Xcerts cracking best of the year lists everywhere it’s definitely been a good year to be a British pop-punk fan. Look out for more of the same in 2011 with Francesqa, Deaf Havana, Cuba Cuba, Tiger Please and countless more holding it down this side of the Atlantic.

–Francesca

Bamboozle Roadshow: 2010, for me also, has been all about nostalgia. The bands I grew up listening to have made a glorious return to the scene, and I’ve been able to re-live that feeling that only came while listening to a walkman and three quarter length shorts. It started with Bamboozle Roadshow in Boston- my best friend and I made a pilgrimage of sorts to the festival, and it was easily one of my highlights. Something about (FINALLY!) seeing Simple Plan and Good Charlotte and singing my heart out as if no time had passed made me feel more closely connected to the music I love than I ever have.

Reading Festival: Of course, the pinnacle of my pre-teen pop-punk obsessed years (you know, those ones that preceded my adolescent pop-punk obsessed years) was blink-182. Being as young as I am, I never saw them before the hiatus. Reading Festival, for me, was the best music event of 2010 for that reason alone. Dubbed ‘pop-punk Sunday’ amongst friends, a bill that included Weezer, Limp Bizkit, my favourites All Time Low and blink-182 all on one day will be hard to ever top. I don’t think I’ll forget standing in a field, one thousand people back, singing and dancing to Dammit so much I could barely move or talk afterwards. 2011 will surely be fantastic, but I’ll always remember these moments in 2010.

— Beth

Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds: Slam Dunk is always a highlight, but this year’s line up was particularly brilliant. The queue for The Wonder Years had to be seen to be believed and with Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory AND My Passion all headlining separate stages there was definitely something here for everyone.   Slam Dunk is a gem in the UK festival calendar – after all, where else could you witness members of Set Your Goals and NFG crowd surfing to The Millionaires? Exactly.

Twin Atlantic, ABC Glasgow: 2010 was an amazing year for Twin Atlantic.  Not only did they support mighty acts such as blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, they also completed their biggest UK headline tour to date – which saw them sell out Glasgow’s ABC.  I can’t think of a band who deserve this success more than Twin and I can’t wait to hear what’s in store from them in 2011.

— Lucy

America, fuck yeah!: I took a trip to California in March with fellow CtrlAltRock blogger Fran and it was a music fuelled two weeks. We caught New Found Glory the day we arrived, made an appearance in The Audition’s video for ‘You Ruined This’, saw Something Corporate headline Bamboozle Left and also got to go to the AP tour, where I got to see The Summer Set at last (who really need to come to the UK soon!), saw some of my other American favourites Every Avenue and we even got a bonus acoustic set from All Time Low.

The Return of My Chemical Romance: So after what felt like forever, some of New Jersey’s finest were back on our radios after a rocky few months, which saw the departure of their drummer, Bob Bryar. Whilst I was sad to see Bob go, I was highly excited for their comeback. I loved that they had kicked the monochrome to the curb and excited to hear Danger Days, more so than I had been for it’s predecessor, The Black Parade. They whet our appetites with a mini tour in smaller venues in October, which warmed us up nicely for the arena tour they are going to bestow upon us early next year. My Chemical Romance polarise opinions, you either love them or hate them, it’s safe to say what camp I reside in.

— Beccy

Bella’s Top Five Albums of the Year;

This Addiction – Alkaline Trio: Trio have been in my most adored band list since I bought my first pot of black nail polish and no matter how my musical taste matures or changes, I always love everything they release. This Addiction is no exception to the rule, especially the acoustic versions of songs added in, they slay me. Though, Mister Skiba could probably record himself throwing potatoes at a wall and it’d make me giddy.

My Beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy – Kanye West: Say what you will about mister West. He’s the top of his game and pretty untouchable. Every time he gets out of bed he sets a trend be it musical or fashion or otherwise. He’s a little crazy, but also crazy good.

The ArchAndroid (suites || and |||) – Janelle Monae: Mind blowing voice. This album honestly needs to be heard to be understood.

I Believe You Liar – Washington: I had to get an Aussie on this list and what better way than with Meg Washington? No one else manages to be adorable and hot all at the same time. This is a collection of unashamedly dancey tracks. For fans that like real music and clever lyrics with their pop.

American Slang – Gaslight Anthem: These guys just make my heart happy. I can’t say enough good things.

Bonus album! – All Day – Girl Talk: Okay, so it’s technically 373 overlapping samples of other artists’ songs, but Gregg Gillis is a genius and the album is truly a danceable piece of art.