Only in its second year, Hit The Deck has managed to grapple its way to the very top of the UK day festival scene. Helped by a constantly stellar line up and its home in arguably the UK’s best music venue, how long it will take before Hit The Deck ‘does-a-Slam-Dunk’ and expands all over the country can only be a matter of time.  Read more…


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.)


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


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.


Fran’s been listening to The Dangerous Summer’s debut album Reach For The Sun, you can check out her thoughts on it here! The Dangerous Summer will be touring alongside Francesqa in February, the dates are as follows:


11 – Norwich Arts Centre
12 – Wycombe Student Union
13 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
15 – Nottingham Rock City Basement
16 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
17 – Glasgow King Tuts
18 – Derby Nerve Centre
19 – Belfast Speakeasy
20 – Dublin Academy 2
22 – Leeds Cockpit
23 – Manchester Roadhouse
24 – London Borderline
25 – Oxford Academy 2
26 – Southampton Joiners
27 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

“Reach For The Sun” is out now through Hopeless Records.