May is upon us, which only means one thing: it is Slam Dunk month! Returning to Leeds for its 11th year, and the anticipation is heating up for Slam Dunk Festival North. Kicking off on Sunday 28th May with huge names in rock and pop punk, the festival is set to be one hell of a day for fans across the North.

Enter Shikari, Don Broco, Neck Deep and The Maine are just a few of the huge names to play across the seven stages, as well as some awesome UK bands such as WSTR, Boston Manor and Decade. However, this year’s line-up is most notable for its pretty hefty dedication to ska-punk and class, old skool pop-

The Fireball stage will play host to bands such as Less Than Jake, Bowling For Soup, Goldfinger and, returning for their record-breaking 4th consecutive year, Zebrahead.

As we’re sure many of you will be as eager to get the party started as we are here at Lippy, Leeds Beckett will once again host the bad-ass Pre-Party. Held on Saturday 27th, you can exchange your ticket for a wristband – pint in hand – instead of enduring the heavy queues on the day. Playing all your favourite jams as a warm up for the big day, and performances from the incredible SteelCats, this night cannot afford to be missed!

If you’re not written off by the Pre-Party and festival, that will run from 1pm to 11pm, the infamous Slam Dunk After-Party has once again returned to its rightful home – our very own University Union. It will run from 11pm ‘til 3am, keeping the good vibes going into the bank holiday.

With Pre-Party, Festival and After-Party, occurring in Leeds across the whole weekend, Monday will no doubt be known henceforth as the big Slam Dunk Hangover. We cannot wait!

Although, BE WARNED! Tickets for Slam Dunk North are set to sell out at any time so if you want a piece of the action, get in there fast! > (

And if that isn’t enough to sell it to you, check out this amazing artwork by Signature Brew ( who have teamed up with Slam Dunk to sell some of their limited edition prints over the weekend!

Words by Olivia Woollam and Lucy Jones

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