Slam Dunk Festival
SATURDAY 27 MAY
ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINER
FOR SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2017
EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
KICKS OFF IN BIRMINGHAM WITH AN EXPANDED FESTIVAL SITE + MORE | MANY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ACROSS 8 STAGES
After celebrating their 10th anniversary in emphatic style earlier this year, Slam Dunk Festival is set to return in 2017, headlined by the all-encompassing force that is Enter Shikari.
Enter Shikari’s unique blend of blistering rock, high-intensity electronics and impassioned rallying anthems have marked them out as one of the most important bands of the last decade. Led by the force that is frontman Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari have become a calling card for modern rebellion, discarding any sense of genre and becoming a soundtrack all of their own in arenas around the world.
Across four studio albums and countless live spectacles, Enter Shikari have become an essential component in British rock music - influencing sounds across multiple genres and playing to thousands of fans through countless time-zones.
2017 is set to mark 10 years since the release of their landmark debut ‘Take To The Skies’ and to mark the occasion, Enter Shikari will be headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2017 and performing a very special exclusive UK festival set. After making their first appearance at the festival as Shikari Sound System last year, this stunning show is set to be packed with fan favourites and rarities.
Enter Shikari vocalist Rou says:
Slam Dunk is a festival that we’ve been attending from the very start.
It's grown into one of the most important festivals in alternative music, and it will be an absolute honour to headline it in 2017.
We’re going to be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our debut album Take To The Skies, which feels totally mental in and of itself.
The fact that we get to reminisce and relive tracks we recorded so long ago, and that are still held dear by so many, is something I could have never anticipated back then and fills me with appreciation for everyone that has supported this band over the years.
We’ll never write another album like TTTS, as Enter Shikari isn't really a band that looks backwards, so to speak. But as this is a special occasion it’s important for us to recognise the importance of this album to us, and for the family of people who have supported us since those early days. On a purely selfish note, I cannot wait to play some of the tracks we haven’t played since 2007, or even ever!
Slam Dunk Festival is an invitation to party in the name of the alternative, a rite of passage for lovers of pop-punk and rock music, and is a key date in the festival calendar. Kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday 27th May, the festival will once again ensure the Slam Dunk Festival Bank Holiday Weekend is the only place to be to catch all your favourite bands.
The Birmingham leg of the festival will return after a storming debut year in 2016 - standing as the very first time the Genting Arena has been used to host a multi-staged festival. Accessible via car, train and air with impeccable transport routes around the venue, 2016 was a resounding success with over 15,000 fans making it one of the city’s true cultural standouts of the summer. Now with an expanded site, Slam Dunk is once again set to turn Birmingham into an unmissable hub of alternative sounds for the party of the summer.
Festival Director Ben Ray says;
I’m happy to welcome Enter Shikari to the Festival for the first time! It’s always great to have another headliner from the UK, which shows how well British rock music is doing. We’ve also made some major changes to all 3 sites for next year so I can’t wait for people to see them!
Tickets for the Slam Dunk Festival in Birmingham are on general sale now from here or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.
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