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Swedish punk icons Refused lead the third wave of acts announced for the punktacular Slam Dunk Festival 2020.
Dennis Lyxzén’s seminal outfit are widely regarded as one of the most influential punk bands of the last 30 years and join the line-up off the back of their well-received fifth album War Music, the second since they reformed in 2012.
They’re joined on the bill by Comeback Kid, returning after an incendiary set at Slam Dunk 2018, and Deez Nuts, who return after a four-year absence. Deez Nuts frontman JJ Peters said: “It’s been four years since we’ve played Slam Dunk, it was an amazing time all the way back then, so I can’t wait to see how much it’s grown.”
Representing the more emo side of the spectrum are US trio Movements, Free Throw and Mom Jeans, all making their Slam Dunk debuts. Free Throw’s Corey Castro expressed his excitement at his band’s first Dunk, saying: “From hearing fun stories from my friends to watching videos and seeing how awesome the festival looks, it’s been a goal for me and the band to play Slam Dunk Festival for a while. Not to mention sharing basketball related names. I’m really looking forward to the Free Throw/Slam Dunk connection!”
The NOFX-curated Punk In Drublic stage is taking on a decidedly Californian vibe as The Vandals, Face To Face and ska veterans Reel Big Fish join a line-up that already included Fat Mike’s crew and fellow west-coast punk kings Pennywise.
Rounding out the 11 new acts are melodic UK rockers Young Guns and brutal Texan behemoths Fit For A King.
Since its initial conception as a one-day event based in Leeds city centre, Slam Dunk has grown into one of the most iconic alternative music festivals on the planet.
Hundreds of thousands of music fans have attended the festival since its launch in 2006, witnessing sets from bands such as Fall Out Boy, Paramore, You Me At Six, New Found Glory, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco and hundreds more.
After a hugely successful 2019, Slam Dunk Festival will return to Temple Newsam, Leeds on Saturday 23 May 2020 and Hatfield Park, Hatfield on Sunday 24 May 2020 with Sum 41 and Del Bronco as co-headliners. See below for the full list of bands announced to date.
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Here’s the confirmed Slam Dunk Festival 2020 line up so far: