Poised to boast one of the most stand-out festival line-ups of next year, Slam Dunk Festival have revealed the second wave of names for 2022’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend. Set to join headliners Alexisonfire and Rancid, The Story So Far, The Amity Affliction, Hot Water Music, The Vandals, Silverstein, Dream State, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Spanish Love Songs and The Flatliners will all be making their way to Leeds and Hatfield next summer.
In news that will delight many Slam Dunk Festival fans, The Story So Far will be returning to the festival next year. Since their last appearance at Slam Dunk Festival, the Californian pop-punk group released their latest album “Proper Dose” which debuted at #19 on the US Billboard 200 chart – their highest position on US music charts. While touring the states, the band have proven that featured singles from the album such as “Upside Down”, “Take Me As You Please” weave perfectly around proven fan-favourites like “Roam”, “Quicksand” and “The Things I Can’t Change” – what a treat for the Slam Dunk Festival crowd!
Australian metallers The Amity Affliction will be bringing their ARIA-approved back catalogue to Slam Dunk Festival after making their debut in 2016. In that time, The Amity Affliction have released masterwork albums “This Could Be Heartbreak”, “Misery” and “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them” via Pure Noise Records. Known for highly personal lyrics, often dealing with the darker side of human condition, the band perfectly meld these struggles with face-melting riffs and raw vocals from frontman Joel Birch. The Amity Affliction will be welcomed back to Slam Dunk Festival with heaving moshpits.
Acclaimed American rockers Hot Water Music recently announced their signing to Equal Vision Records for a new album rumoured for 2022, just in time for their debut performance at Slam Dunk Festival. Founded by Chuck Ragan and gainesville native Chris Wollard in 1994, Hot Water Music constantly reinvented themselves by combining elements of punk rock and post-hardcore over the course of eight full-lengths, countless vinyl releases and energetic live shows (playing alongside Frank Turner in the UK). Hot Water Music will tour the US before making their way to the UK this summer.
Hailed as ‘wonderfully zany punk rock’, old-school punk legends The Vandals will return to the Slam Dunk Festival bill this year after the coronavirus disrupted their plans to make it across for 2021. Formed in Huntington Beach, California in the early 80s, the band are famed for their upbeat and infectious melodies and tongue-in-cheek song titles such as “My Girlfriend’s Dead”, “Why Are You Alive?” and “People Who Are Going To Hell” which are of course backed up by cheerfully juvenile, yet still side-splittingly humorous lyrics – a delight for punk fans at Slam Dunk Festival.
Easily one of the most influential bands in their emo scene, Silverstein have relentlessly pushed themselves to become the best version of the band for both themselves and their fans. A career powered by their own dedication has seen them sell over a million records worldwide and play two thousand-plus shows all over the globe. The band will return to Slam Dunk Festival, poised to debut their latest album “A Beautiful Place To Drown” at the festival grounds.
Homegrown Welsh post-hardcore band Dream State will also be returning to Slam Dunk Festival in 2022. After the release of their debut EP “Consequences” in 2015, Dream State have gone from strength to strength. Breaking down difficult topics surrounding drug addiction and past trauma, their 2017 EP “Recovery” saw the band named as Best Newcomer at The Kerrang! Awards and The Heavy Music Awards. Their debut album “Primrose Path” was released in 2019 and has received high praise from veritable music press from around the globe.
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! are back on the Slam Dunk Festival line-up, raring to go after the release of their latest album “Gone Are The Good Days” – their first full-length in six years. Forming in 2007, the Parisian easycore pioneers specialise in a heady fusion of hook-filled pop-punk and blistering hardcore but have branched out on their most recently offering, released via Fearless Records.
Los Angeles-based self-proclaimed “grouchrock” outfit Spanish Love Songs continue the emotional punk tradition started by bands such as Jawbreaker and Hot Water Music. Releasing albums “Giant Sings The Blues”, “Schmaltz” and “Brave Faces Everyone”, the band have built a solid fanbase in Europe as well as their native United States, with many Slam Dunk fans set to rejoice over the addition of Spanish Love Songs to the bill. This year, the band dropped double singles “Phantom Limb” – a b-side and “Blacking out the Friction” – a cover of Death Cab For Cutie both from the recording sessions of their most recent album.
The Flatliners’ career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. Now approaching almost 20 years of hammering out bombastic tunes everywhere from dive bars to festival stages to European concert halls, The Flatliners hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at the group’s core since the beginning. The band came out swinging with youthful exuberance on their debut record, Destroy To Create, in 2005, and they’ve honed their anthemic style with each subsequent release: “The Great Awake”, “Cavalcade”, “Dead Language”, “Division of Spoils” and latest “Inviting Light”.
Slam Dunk Festival 2022 will take place on Friday 3rd June (North) and Saturday 4th June (South), moving from the usual May Bank Holiday weekend to align with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend which begins on Thursday 2nd June.
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2022 ARTISTS (A-Z)
CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!
HOT WATER MUSIC
MEET ME AT THE ALTAR
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
SPANISH LOVE SONGS
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
THE STORY SO FAR
THE WONDER YEARS
Early Bird tickets are on sale now until Friday 31st December, and are £79*.
General Admission tickets will go on sale from Saturday 1st January, and are £85*.
The Slam Dunk Festival payment plan will be available from Friday 24th September at 9am in order for those to secure their tickets to 2022’s event. It costs £19* to secure the ticket, with monthly instalments of £15 until the ticket is paid off. The total cost of the payment plan is £79* and the first payment must be made before 1st January.
For more information or to purchase both opening party and festival tickets, please visit www.slamdunkfestival.com. All ticket prices are subject to booking fees*
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