Sum 41, Dropkick Murphys and more join Slam Dunk line-up as Rancid pull out

Sum 41 and Dropkick Murphys are among the names that have been added to the line-up for next year’s Slam Dunk Festival.

The North edition of the event, held at Temple Newsam in Leeds will take place on June 3, 2022, while Slam Dunk South in Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire will take place a day later on June 4.

Today (November 30), festival organisers announced that previously confirmed headliners Rancid will no longer be performing, and that Sum 41 and Dropkick Murphys will top the bill alongside Alexisonfire, who were announced as headliners back in September.


Other names added to the Slam Dunk line-up today include: The Interrupters, KennyHoopla, Pennywise, Pinkshift, Deaf Havana, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Knuckle Puck, MOD SUN, Hot Mulligan, Eskimo Call Boy, Yours Truly and Beauty School.

They will join previously announced acts The Used, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, Hot Milk and Meet Me @ The Altar.

“After the nightmare past two years and the insane blow to the live/creative industry, words cannot describe how excited I am to play shows again, and even more so knowing that it’s Slam Dunk,” Deaf Havana’s James Veck-Gilodi said in a statement.

“This festival has been a place where I have always had a good time, but most importantly been to and played some of the most fun shows of my life. There are always a huge amount of friends there and I can’t wait to come back with a new, more focussed mindset.”

Pinkshift’s Paul Vallejo added: “Incredibly honoured to be a part of such an incredible line-up full of bands we’ve looked up to for years! Unbelievable that our first time in the UK will be because of our music and the support we’ve gotten from across the pond – we’re forever grateful. Can’t wait to play for you all – see you next summer!”


For more information and to buy tickets for Slam Dunk Festival, visit the festival’s official website.

The dual event returned in September after its 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. McFly performed surprise sets at both sites.

The pop-rock group – consisting of Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter – surprised fans at both the northern and southern leg of the event, which took place on September 4 and September 5 respectively.

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Punk fan goes viral after dropping band names into chat on conservative radio

A punk fan has gone viral after calling into a conservative morning radio show and dropping various band names into his chat with its hosts.

Illustrator Rob Dobi – using the name Bill – dialled into WSMN’s Life With Liz show yesterday (November 24) with the idea to “name as many punk bands as I could before they caught on”.

From the less conspicuous (Sick Of It All, Rancid, Misfits and Minor Threat) to the easily identifiable (Blink-182, Reel Big Fish and Fall Out Boy), he managed to sneak in quite a few band names without the New Hampshire show’s hosts catching on.


“One of my main problems is… I’m a Republican in a fairly liberal area, sometimes I feel like everyone is just Against Me!,” Dobi told Liz Gabert.

“I feel like what we need to do is listen to what our Descendents told us. ​’Cause in the past we Refused to live a Life Of Agony. I’m Sick Of It All. Im sick of people thinking we’re just a Minor Threat. Enough of that Fugazi. A lot of these people just got Bad Brains, that are Misfits that waive Black Flag and they’re practically Anti-Flag. I think we need to Converge and help the Youth Of Today because every time you blink, 182 kids, they go missing…”

You can watch the clip below:

Elsewhere, Fall Out Boy‘s 2003 mini album ‘Evening Out With Your Girlfriend’ landed on streaming services in full for the very first time earlier this month.

The band’s nine-track project was originally released a couple of months before their official debut album ‘Take This To Your Grave’, which arrived on May 6, 2003 via Fueled By Ramen.


Meanwhile, Duran Duran have recalled how their style and musical focus shifted after punk “got a bit dull” for them.

Speaking in a recent interview, frontman Simon Le Bon discussed how the band once found the rebellious genre exciting but after a while it became boring to them.

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