Slam Dunk Records
Slam Dunk Records or Slam Dunk Music is a British independent record label, promoter and concert organising company, founded in Leeds, England, in 2007. Some notable signees include You Me at Six and Decade. The label evolved from "Slam Dunk", a weekly club night held at the city's Cockpit music venue, centered on emo, punk, ska and metal music. They have organised and promoted concerts for Leeds venues such as the Key Club, Leeds University Stylus, Leeds Beckett University Student Union and the First Direct Arena, as well as venues in other cities such as The Dome Leisure Centre, National Exhibition Centre and Hatfield Forum.
Slam Dunk Festival
The label is also associated with the Slam Dunk Festival, established in 2006. Although initially small-scale and set up with only a handful of artists, the yearly event now attracts many well-known artists and has slowly established itself as a popular indoor day-long music festival. Initially held in the city's Millennium Square, the event moved to the student union of the University of Leeds in its second year.
The festival attracts more than 40 bands across six different stages. Notable acts which have played at the festival include Fall Out Boy, Thursday, You Me at Six, Hundred Reasons, Reel Big Fish and Paramore.
In 2010, a southern counterpart to the festival had its first year in the University of Hertfordshire, and the now two-day festival became known as Slam Dunk North (Leeds) and Slam Dunk South (Hertfordshire). The festival is normally held on the May Bank Holiday of each year, featuring a mixture of up-and-coming and more established bands, based around punk/emo/metal and ska music.
Leeds Millennium Square 2006
27 May 2007 – Leeds University
25 May 2008 – Leeds University
|Glamour Kills Stage||The Atticus Stage||The Non Stop Stage||The UK Now! Stage|
24 May 2009 – Leeds University
|Glamour Kills Stage||Fishing for Eskimo Stage||The Vans Off The Wall Stage|
|The Punktastic.com Stage||The Relentless UK Now! Stage||The Dropdead! Stage|
29/30 May 2010 – Hertfordshire University / Leeds University
|Glamour Kills Stage||Atticus/Jägermeister Stage||The Vans Off The Wall Stage||Relentless Stage||Imperial Clothing Stage||Kerrang! Introduces Stage||Babycakes Bar||Macbeth Acoustic Stage|
19/20 May 2011 – Leeds University/Hatfield
|Jager Stage||Atticus Stage||Macbeth Stage||Honour Over Glory Stage||Introducing Stage||Front Bar Stage||Acoustic Stage|
26/27 May 2012 – Leeds University/Hatfield
|Jager Stage||Honour Over Glory Stage||Vans Off The Wall Stage||Macbeth Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2013
The festival was expanded to be a three date festival in England, where all three dates featured the same lineup. Three minor dates were spun off it, one in Wales, one in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.
|Leeds University (25 May), Hatfield (26 May), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (27 May)|
|Main Stage||Macbeth Stage||Monster Energy Stage||Vans Stage||Tiger Stage||Front X Sinstar Bar||Keep A Breast Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2014
The 2014 Festival was held at the same three locations as 2013: Leeds (24 May), Hatfield (25 May) and Wolverhampton (May26th). There was also a smaller lineup in Edinburgh (23 May) and Newport, Wales (27 May).
On 29 April it was announced that Goldfinger had withdrawn from the festival. The band were replaced by The Ataris. On 25 May, it was announced that Landscapes had withdrawn from the festival for both Hatfield and Wolverhampton dates. They were replaced by Great Cynics at Hatfield and Aurora for Wolverhampton.
|Leeds University (24 May), The Forum, Hatfield (25 May), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (26 May)|
|Main Stage||Macbeth Stage||Monster Energy Stage||Atticus Stage||Cheer Up Stage||Antique Acoustic Stage||Uphawr DJ Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2015
The 2015 Festival was held at the same three locations as the last two years: Leeds (23 May), Hatfield (24 May) and Wolverhampton (25 May). The Leeds event was moved from Leeds University to Leeds City Centre.
|Leeds City Centre (23 May), The Forum, Hatfield (24 May), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (25 May)|
|Main Stage||Macbeth Stage||Monster Energy Stage||Desperados Stage||Impericon Stage||Fresh Blood Stage||Uphawr DJ Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2016
The 2016 Festival was held at the same locations as last year for the North and South dates, however the Midlands date had now been moved to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
|Leeds City Centre (28 May), National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (29 May), The Forum, Hatfield (30 May)|
|Main Stage||Atlas Stage||The Key Club Stage||Desperados Stage||Impericon Stage||Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage||Uprawr DJ Stage||Acoustic/Solo Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2017
The 2017 Festival was held at the same locations as last year for the all three dates
|National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (27 May), Leeds City Centre (28 May), The Forum, Hatfield (29 May)|
|Jägermeister Stage||Monster Energy Stage||The Key Club Stage||Fireball Stage||Impericon Stage||Rock Sound Breakout Stage||Uprawr DJ Stage||Signature Brew Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2018
The 2018 Festival was held at the same North and Midlands locations as last year, however the South date was moved to Hatfield Park.
|Leeds City Centre (26 May), Hatfield Park, Hatfield (27 May), National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (28 May),|
|Jägermeister Stage||Monster Energy Stage||Fireball Stage||Impericon Stage||Signature Brew Stage||Rock Sound Breakout Stage||The Key Club Acoustic Stage||Uprawr DJ Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2019
The 2019 Festival was reduced to two days. The North festival was held at Temple Newsham Park on 25 May, and the South festival was held at Hatfield Park on 26 May.
|Temple Newsham Park, Leeds (25 May), Hatfield Park, Hatfield (26 May)|
|Monster Energy Stage||Punk in Drublic Stage||Jägermeister Stage||Impericon Stage||Dickies Stage||Marshall Stage||The Key Club Stage (Left)||The Key Club Stage (Right)||Acoustic Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2021
The 2020 Festival was to be held at the same two venues as the 2019 festival. The festival was originally scheduled for the North festival to be held at Temple Newsham Park on 23 May, and the South festival will be held at Hatfield Park on 24 May. However the COVID-19 pandemic led to North being rescheduled to 5 September and South to 6 September. On 14 May, Slam Dunk announced that the festival will no longer be held in 2020 although the festival is expected and scheduled to return on 4 and 5 September 2021.
|Temple Newsham Park, Leeds (4 September), Hatfield Park, Hatfield (5 September)|
|Rock Scene Presents Stage||Punk in Drublic Stage||Jägermeister Stage||The Key Club Stage|
Slam Dunk Festival 2022
|Temple Newsham Park, Leeds (3 June), Hatfield Park, Hatfield (4 June)|
The Key Club
The Key Club is a live music venue and nightclub in the Merrion Centre, Leeds that is owned by Slam Dunk Records. It has a 300-person capacity, is the successor to The Cockpit, and hosts many events that the Cockpit did such as Slam Dunk and the Garage club nights. It is advertised as the "first pure rock venue in Leeds". Some bands who have played at the Key Club include Fit for an Autopsy, Blood Youth, Cancer Bats, Beartooth, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Idles and The Wonder Years.
- Busted performed as a part of a secret set. They were unlisted prior to the day of the festival. On the day of the festival they were listed as "Y3K".
- Waterparks did not perform at the Hatfield Park date due to a member testing positive for Coronavirus the morning of. This led to Mayday Parade and State Champs playing longer sets.
- Days N' Daze were originally scheduled to open the Punk in Drublic stage but canceled due to flight redirects.
- Escape the Fate were originally scheduled to play third support on the Jägermeister stage but cancelled a week prior to the festival taking place.
- Boston Manor's set was announced six days prior to the festival taking place, having previously been listed as "Special Guest Headliner".
- McFly's set was unannounced and listed on official times as "Secret Special Guest".
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- Thompson, Jenna. "Slam Dunk fans divided as McFly surprise festival with secret set". Retrieved 6 September 2021.
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- "VENOM PRISON ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR SUPPORTING FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY". Kerrang!. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- MORRIS, GEORGINA. "Blood Youth forced to abandon gig at Leeds rock venue after audience member injured". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Five, Jenn. "CANCER BATS HAVE DROPPED A SURPRISE NEW SONG, INSIDE OUT". Kerrang!. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "Since 2014 The Key Club has been the number one venue for Rock and Alternative music in Leeds". Retrieved 3 February 2019.