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Enter Shikari To Headline Slam Dunk Festival

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 9 November 2016 at 07.59

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Enter Shikari will headline Slam Dunk Festival 2017 for a special celebration of their debut album 'Take To The Skies'.

Each and every site - in Hatfield, Leeds and Birmingham - has got bigger this year, and there are over 60 more bands still to be announced!

Those all-important dates are...

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27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum

The North date has added Leeds First Direct Arena as a stage, while South will have an extra outdoor stage and there'll be an expanded site in Birmingham, too. This is going to be big.

"Slam Dunk is a festival that we’ve been attending from the very start - Slam Dunk South is actually on the campus of my old Uni in Hatfield!" says Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds.

"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!”


"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," says Slam Dunk Director Ben Ray.

"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 go on sale on November 11 (this Friday) at the Slam Dunk website.

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