Slam Dunk Fest unveils second waves of 2020 performers

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The year isn’t even over yet, and we’re already getting bombarded with spring music festival announcements. Great news for our “treat yo’ self” lifestyles, but not for our wallets.

On Wednesday (Oct. 23), the masterminds behind the United Kingdom’s Slam Dunk Music Festival unleashed the second batch of artists who will take over their stages in late May 2020.

Sum 41 has been tapped to take on the role of headliners alongside previously announced (and hometown boys) Don Broco. Also added to next year’s roster are Billy Talent, The Used, The Story So Far, Basement, Grayscale, and Dream State.

As if that wasn’t enough, the current iteration of the lineup will also feature not one, but two reunion shows thanks to We Are The In Crowd and Your Demise.

And what would a music festival be without any serious hijinks? NOFX’s Punk in Drublic will return once again to the weekend-long event with a little help from their friends.

The new addition to the Slam Dunk Fest lineup comes a month after the first waves of bands were announced for the annual May Bank Holiday event.

The Wonder Years, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, Knuckle Punk, Ice Nine Kills, Bayside, Issues, Hands Like Houses, and the newly reunited Motion City Soundtrack were previously confirmed as performers for next year’s event.

Slam Dunk Fest will return to its homes of Temple Newsam in Leeds on Saturday, May 23, 2020, and Hatfield Park in Hatfield on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Tickets for the event are currently available on their website with several options to pick from.

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Bayside announce full band acoustic tour for 2018/2019

Armed with a brand new acoustic album, Bayside are ready to hit the touring circuit later this year. On Monday (Aug. 20), the New York-founded band announced plans to hit the road during the months of November, December, January, and February. The upcoming full band acoustic tour will begin on Nov. 24 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago and conclude several months later on Feb. 2 at the Cowan in Nashville.

According to Bayside’s announcement post on social media, their sets will consist of completely re-imagined versions of their songs.

“To celebrate the release of our new Acoustic record, we’re going on a very special tour. Our first full US, full band acoustic tour with a full set of completely re-imagined songs,” the band writes.

Gold will open for Bayside during the four-month excursion. VIP and pre-sale tickets are currently available while general admission tickets will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 24.

The newly announced intimate acoustic tour will be in support of the group’s forthcoming acoustic album, Acoustic Volume 2. The impending record is due out Sept. 28 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders are currently available on the band’s website. Acoustic Volume 2 is the follow-up to 2006’s Acoustic.

Last week, the band formally announced the release of the new album by unveiling the music video for the album’s lead single, “It Don’t Exist.” Watch the music video for the new song above while the complete 2018/2019 tour itinerary can be seen below.

BAYSIDE ACOUSTIC VOLUME 2 2018/2019 TOUR:

2018:

Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

Nov. 25 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge

Nov. 27 – Detroit, MI – Shelter

Nov. 28 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck

Nov. 29 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf

Dec. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

Dec. 02 – Newport, KY – Southgate House

Dec. 04 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom

Dec. 05 – Providence, RI – The Met

Dec. 06 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

Dec. 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House

Dec. 08 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents

12/09 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

Dec. 11 – Washington, D.C. – Sixth & I

Dec. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)

Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Dec. 15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street

Dec. 16 – Orlando, FL – The Social

2019:

Jan. 11 – Houston, TX – White Oak

Jan. 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

Jan. 13 – Austin, TX – Barracuda

Jan. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Jan. 16 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic

Jan. 17 – Pomona, CA – Glass House

Jan. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

Jan. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar

Jan. 20 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s

Jan. 21 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Jan. 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir

Jan. 24 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile

Jan. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

Jan. 27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Jan. 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

Jan. 30 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

Jan. 31 – Lawrence, KS – Granada

Feb. 01 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

Feb. 02 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

Bayside release music video for ‘Pretty Vacant’

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With a couple of months left until the release of their seventh studio album, Bayside has returned with the official music video for their latest track, “Pretty Vacant.” On Thursday (June 9), the New York-founded band released the clip for the second song off of Vacancy. “The song ‘Pretty Vacant’ perfectly sums up the lyrical theme of the record and we really wanted the video to do the same,” explains frontman Anthony Raneri.

“We wanted the video to tell the story of someone having the life that they thought they knew disappear. She struggles to gain control of [it] or at least slow down the process of losing her identity, but fate is literally dragging her pasts out the door and making it disappear into thin air and there is nothing that she can do about it.” Watch the music video for “Pretty Vacant” below.

Back in May, the group announced that Vacancy would see a release date of Aug. 16 through Hopeless Records. During an interview on Silverstein frontman Shane Told’s podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome, Raneri explained how his failed relationship greatly influenced the upcoming release. “I moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago with my wife and baby. The plan was to go down for a couple of years, plant seeds and move back to New York. We came down and after a year of being here we split up.”

“I was like, ‘do I live in Tennessee now? Alone?’ It was a crazy, super isolated time where I didn’t know what was going to come next and moved into an apartment to try and sort things out. That’s where I wrote the record, I wrote Vacancy in that apartment.” While the subject matter is one not to be taken lightly, at least fans of the band will get a new record out of it.

In support of Vacancy, Bayside announced plans to hit the road during the end of the summer/beginning of fall. The Menzingers and Sorority Noise will join Bayside on their upcoming trek which will kick off on Aug. 11 at Revolution Live in our hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. The complete list of tour stops can be found here.

Bayside release new single, ‘Enemy Lines’

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Last month, Bayside finally confirmed that they would be releasing a brand new album this summer after teasing fans for a while. On Friday (May 13), the New York-founded group premiered the first single off of the new record, “Enemy Lines.” The song will be featured on the band’s seventh studio album, Vacancy which is due out in August.” Listen to “Enemy Lines” below.

Recently, Bayside frontman, Anthony Raneri, sat down with Silverstein frontman, Shane Told, for the latter’s podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome. During the sit down, Raneri revealed the complication behind making the new album and why it was the toughest record the four-piece have made.

“I moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago with my wife and baby. The plan was to go down for a couple of years, plant seeds and move back to New York. We came down and after a year of being here we split up,” Raneri explained to Told.

“I was like, ‘do I live in Tennessee now? Alone?’ It was a crazy, super isolated time where I didn’t know what was going to come next and moved into an apartment to try and sort things out. That’s where I wrote the record, I wrote Vacancy in that apartment. I had a couch, a TV, my bed, a desk, a computer and my guitar—everything else was in boxes, waiting for me to figure out where they were going to go. We were calling it the hotel, which is where the hotel on the cover came from; Vacancy had a double meaning, the physical and emotional experience. This is the first record I’ve written that’s had a theme to it, I didn’t want to write a typical break-up record, it’s not about what happened, it’s about the aftermath.”

Vacancy is set to be released in Aug. 19 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website. In support of the new record, Bayside will hit the road this summer alongside The Menzingers and Sorority Noise. The complete itinerary for that summer excursion can be seen here.

Bayside announce new album, summer tour

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Bayside has officially returned. On Tuesday (April 26), the New York-based band announced the title and release date for their upcoming, seventh studio record. The new album will be titled Vacancy and is set to be released on Aug. 16 through Hopeless Records. In addition to the release date and album title, the band has also unveiled plans to hit the road this summer in support of the new record.

The summer tour is set to kick off on Aug. 11 at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale and wrap up a little over a month later on Sept. 18  at Nashville’s Exit/In. Heading on the road alongside Bayside will be The Menzingers and Sorority Noise. Before hitting the road in August, Bayside will make a festival appearance at the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati in early June. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below as well as the album art for Vacancy.

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BAYSIDE SUMMER 2016 TOUR DATES:

Aug. 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL  @ Revolution
Aug. 12 – Orlando, FL  @ Hard Rock Live
Aug. 13 – Atlanta, GA  @ The Wrecking Ball ATL
Aug. 14 – Charlotte, NC  @ Amos Southend
Aug. 16 – Norfolk, VA  @ NorVa
Aug. 17 – Baltimore, MD  @ Rams Head
Aug. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Aug. 19 – New York, NY  @ PlayStation Theater
Aug. 20 – Sayreville, NJ  @ Starland Ballroom
Aug. 21 – Boston, MA  @ House of Blues
Aug. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA  @ Altar Bar
Aug. 24 – Cleveland, OH  @ Agora
Aug. 25 – Toronto, ON  @ Opera House
Aug. 26 – Detroit, MI  @ The Majestic
Aug. 27 – Chicago, IL  @ Beer Festival
Aug. 28 – Minneapolis, MN  @ Mill City Nights
Aug. 30 – Denver, CO  @ Ogden Theatre
Aug. 31 – Salt Lake City, UT  @ The Complex
Sept. 2 – Seattle, WA  @ The Showbox
Sept. 3 – Portland, OR  @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 4 – San Francisco  @ Regency
Sept. 6 – Santa Ana, CA  @ The Observatory
Sept.  7 – Los Angeles, CA  @ Regent Theater
Sept. 8 – San Diego, CA  @ The Observatory North Park
Sept. 9 – Las Vegas, NV  @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sept. 10 – Phoenix, AZ  @ The Pressroom
Sept. 11 – Albuquerque, NM  @ The Sunshine Theater
Sept.  13 – San Antonio, TX  @ Alamo City Music Hall
Sept. 14 – Houston, TX  @ House of Blues
Sept. 15 – Dallas, TX  @ Gas Monkey Live
Sept. 16 – Lawrence, KS  2 Granada Theater
Sept. 17 – St. Louis, MO  @ The Ready Room
Sept. 18 – Nashville, TN  @ Exit/In

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Vacancy is the follow-up to Bayside’s 2013 release, Cult. Pre-orders for the upcoming record are currently available on the band’s website here. As for tickets for the upcoming summer tour, tickets for that are also available.

So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016

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The So What?! Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A little under a month since their last update, the folks behind So What?! have unveiled a large list of artists taking the stage at the weekend-long show in March of 2016. Back in October, it was announced that acts like New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Saosin featuring Anthony Green on vocals, and more would be making their way to Grand Prairie for the tenth annual event.

Before that, The Devil Wears Prada, Beartooth, and the recently reunited Underoath had been confirmed for the festival as well. On Tuesday (Dec. 1), festival organizers did not hold back, announcing a lineup that will make any pop-punk fan want to book a hotel and plane ride to Grand Prairie during that weekend in March.

Instead of us listing all the acts that will be playing at So What?! Music Festival, we’ll just tell you to look at the lineup below, because we’re pretty much stoked (even though we probably won’t be making it) for the festival.

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And to think, “third announcement more TBA” means more acts will be announced soon.

The So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 19-20, 2016 at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Tickets for the weekend festivities are currently on sale, so if you have the time and the cash, now might be a good time to get them.

So What?! Music Festival Phase Two Lineup Announced

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So What?! Music Festival has returned with their “Phase Two” announcement. The newly added bands scheduled to head to Texas for the weekend-long festival are Saosin, New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Silent Planet, Zao, and others. During their “Phase One” announcement, festival organizers revealed that the newly reunited Underoath, the Devil Wears Prada, and Beartooth would be performing at the show.

The update lineup can be seen below.

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So What?! Music Festival 2016 will take place at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. the festival will take place on March 19 and March 20. the lineup at the time of the festival will reportedly feature over 100 bands in total while the rest of the lineup will be announced at later dates. For now, those interested in heading to Grand Prairie in March for the festival can head on over to their website to purchase tickets.

Bayside to Head Out on Fall Tour with The Early November

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Because Bayside is a band that is rarely not on the road, the New York band have announced they will be heading back on the road this Fall for a short tour.

Joining them for the August and September dates will be The Early November, who recently wrapped up their own headlining tour, and Better Off.

The upcoming tour will officially begin on Aug. 31 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and wrap up on Sept. 18 at Anthology in Rochester, NY. During the less than a month run, Bayside will also make appearances at all three Riot Fest; Denver, Chicago, and Toronto. No specific dates have been given for the Riot Fest days which explains why the poster below has no specific dates for those shows.

Check out the poster with the complete schedule for the Fall tour.

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BAYSIDE FALL TOUR with THE EARLY NOVEMBER and BETTER OFF:

Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

08/31 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/01 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
09/02 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
09/03 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock
09/04 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
09/05 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
09/06 – Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s
09/08 – Des Moines, IA @ Wodly’s
09/09 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
09/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

09/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
09/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @Altar Bar
09/17 – New HAven, CT @ Toad’s Place
09/18 – Rochester, NY @ Anthology

Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest

Bayside Frontman Releases Video for New Solo Single

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Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri revealed last month he had officially signed to Hopeless Records and would be releasing a brand new solo album later this Summer.

The singer has now released the music video for the first single off the impending record which also happens to be the title track of the album, “Sorry State of Mind.”

The video is really adorable and unique, with the song showcasing a different side of Raneri’s music with the track having a tinge of country to it.

“I have always felt that a good song is a good song whether it’s dressed up like a country song, punk rock song or show tune,” says Raneri about his music.

“That’s what I’ve done with Bayside for years. Take different styles of music and dress them up as punk rock. A lot of Bayside songs started out sounding more like show tunes and folk songs and we put a different spin on them. With the solo music, I let the songs stay where they originate.”

Check out the music video for “Sorry State of Mind.”

Sorry State of Mind will be released on June 30. In support of the new album, Raneri will be hitting the road this Summer with New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert and his side project, What’s Eating Gilbert.

Full tour dates can be seen below.

ANTHONY RANERI/WHAT’S EATING GILBERT SUMMER TOUR:

July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
July 10 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
July 11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
July 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ 904 Music Hall
July 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle-Back Room
July 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle-Back Room
July 15 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
July 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
July 17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
July 18 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
July 19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 21 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
July 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
July 24 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
July 26 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

Riot Fest Announce 2015 Toronto Line-Up

It’s starting to feel a lot like music Christmas thanks to Riot Fest unveiling the first wave of artists for their Toronto dates, set to take place on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 at Downsview Park..

Wu-Tang Clan, Frank Turner, Alexisonfire, and Thrice are just some of the big names heading to Canada for the weekend-long festival.

But don’t get too upset that some artists have been left off the initial release; apparently five names are going to be kept a secret until June 16.

For now, check out the mighty jammed line-up below and if you live in Canada or want to make the trek to Toronto for the show, we suggest buying your tickets after you check out the list.