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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Back to the Beach 2019 announces daily performance times

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Travis Barker and John Feldmann’s Back to the Beach music festival is a few short days away from invading Southern California. Now, fans have finally gotten what they’ve been patiently waiting for; the performance times. On Tuesday (April 23), festival organizers unveiled the performance times for the second annual event.

The first day of the festivities will include performances by Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, the English Beat, and the Drowns while blink-182, Goldfinger, and Reel Big Fish are set to close out the night.

Day two of the show will include performances by The Wonder Years, Less Than Jake, Story of the Year, Teenage Wrist, and Lowlives while The Used, The Story So Far, and Anthony Green of Circa Survive will close out the final night of the event.

In addition to the rocking daily lineup, Back to the Beach also announced the Lil’ Punk KidZone. The kid-centric area will include a set each day from kid band The Twits and 13-year-old DJ De Crazy Cat, a scavenger hunt with prizes, mermaid photo sessions, hula hoop, face painting, a cartoonist, a palm reader, hair braiding, and a giant cornhole game.

All kids age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Back to the Beach will return to its home of Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach, California. This year’s event will take place during the weekend of April 27-28.

A limited number of Sunday general admission and VIP passes are still available for purchase.

For more details about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Back to the Beach’s website.

The daily performance times can be found below.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27:

7:35 p.m. – blink-182
6:15 p.m. – Goldfinger
5:10 p.m. – Reel Big Fish
4:10 p.m. – Streetlight Manifesto
3:15 p.m. – The Aquabats
2:20 p.m. – Save Ferris
1: 30 p.m. – The English Beat
12: 45 p.m. – The Drowns

SUNDAY, APRIL 29:

7:40 p.m. – The Used
6:20 p.m. – The Story So Far
5:15 p.m. – Anthony Green
4:20 p.m. – The Wonder Years
3:25 p.m. – Less Than Jake
2:30 p.m. – Story of the Year
1:40 p.m. – Teenage Wrist
1:00 p.m. – Lowlives

Blink-182, Goldfinger, The Used to headline Back to the Beach Fest 2019

Blink-182, Goldfinger, and The Used are just some of the bands heading “back to the beach” in late April for the 2019 edition of Back to the Beach Fest. On Tuesday (Jan. 22), KROQ, Blink-182’s Travis Barker, and Goldfinger’s John “Feldy” Feldmann announced the lineup for the second annual California-centric music festival.

Joining the aforementioned acts on this year’s roster are Reel Big Fish, The Story So Far, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, Circa Survive’s Anthony Green, Less Than Jake, The Wonder Years, Save Ferris, Story of the Year, and more to be announced at a later time.

“Back to the Beach has been one of the funnest things I’ve ever been part of. What could be better than a mostly ska festival?” festival co-producer and Goldfinger vocalist/guitarist John Feldman says in a press statement.

He continues: “I grew up on ska music and I had the best time of my life last year at the show… This year may even be better! Travis and I are so excited to do the show yet again… I cannot wait!”

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. PST. A limited number of weekend general admission passes will be available for $79.99 (plus fees) while supplies last. VIP ticket packages will also be available at that time. For those with a special pre-sale code, pre-sales are now available.

The two-day music festival will return to its home of Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach, California. This year’s event will take place during the weekend of April 27-28.

For more details about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Back to the Beach’s website.

The daily schedule can be found below.

Saturday, April 27: blink-182, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, The English Beat, and The Drowns

Sunday, April 28: The Used, The Story So Far, Anthony Green, The Wonder Years, Less Than Jake, Story Of The Year, Teenage Wrist, and Lowlives

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Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria announce joint summer tour

Just when you thought the list of summertime tours couldn’t get any longer, Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria have decided to change that. On Tuesday (Feb. 20), the bands announced plans to hit the touring circuit during the months of July and August for a co-headlining excursion. The summer tour, which does not have an official name, will kick off on July 6 at Bayfront Park in Miami and wrap up a little over a month later on Aug. 12 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

Hitting the road alongside Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria for the full tour will be California five-piece The Story So Far.

“It’s funny, we’ve been friends all of this time but we’ve never done a full tour together,” said Taking Back Sunday drummer Mark O’Connell about hitting the road with Coheed and Cambria. “We ran into each other at some festivals last year and got to talking about it, and here we are.”

While all three bands took to social media to confirm the upcoming tour, Coheed and Cambria all but confirmed plans to make their show unforgettable since most will take place at outdoor venues. “The shows will mostly be outdoors and we’ll make them special,” read the band’s Twitter post.

Pre-sales will begin this Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. local time using the password TIDALWAVE. General ticket sales will begin on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

While there has been no talk about new music from any of the bands on the roster, Taking Back Sunday did release their most recent album, Tidal Wave, back in 2016 while Coheed and Cambria’s last studio album, The Color Before the Sun, was released in 2015. Unlike Taking Back Sunday and Coheed, The Story So Far reportedly entered the studio last year to begin recording their fourth studio album.

For now the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY / COHEED AND CAMBRIA SUMMER TOUR:

July 06 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
July 07 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 08 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
July 10 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 11 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
July 13 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 14 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 15 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
July 17 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
July 19 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoors
July 23 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
July 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
July 26 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 27 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 29 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
July 31 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Aug. 02 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Aug. 03 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 04 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Aug. 06 – Denver, CO – Sculpture Park
Aug. 07 – Salt Lake City – Union Event Center
Aug. 09 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre
Aug. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Aug. 11 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Good Charlotte announce North American tour

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Since the announcement that Good Charlotte would be releasing a new album, fans of the band have been eagerly awaiting a tour. Over the summer, the group performed at t couple of Vans Warped Tour stops, but that was all. On Monday (Aug. 8), that all changed when the Maryland-founded group unveiled a fall tour. The trek which has been named the “Youth Authority” tour, is set to kick off on Oct. 23 at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA. The month-long excursion will then wrap up on Nov. 23 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX.

The Story So Far and Big Jesus will join Good Charlotte for the entire tour while Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, and Hit the Lights will take turns performing on selected dates. Set Your Goals will hit the stage from Oct. 23-27 while Four Year Strong will take over from Nov. 1-16. Hit the Lights will then take over the vacancy from Nov. 18-23. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. local time. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

THE YOUTH AUTHORITY TOUR DATES:

10/23 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre

10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

10/26 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

10/30 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic theatre

11/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

11/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

11/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

11/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

11/08 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

11/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

11/13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

11/14 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater

11/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/16 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage

11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

11/19 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

11/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

11/23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

*10/23-10/27 with Set Your Goals

*11/01-11/16 with Four Year Strong

*11/18-11/23 with Hit the Lights

The “Youth Authority” tour is in support of Good Charlotte’s recently released record, Youth Authority. The album, the group’s sixth studio album, is their first new set of tracks since announcing and end to their four-year hiatus. the album included singles, “Makeshift Love, “40 Oz. Dream,” and “Life Can’t Get Much Better.”

The Story So Far to Head Out on Fall Tour

The Story So Far has announced plans to hit the road this fall in support of their recently released album. The California band released their self-titled record back in May and immediately hit the touring circuit, for a month, in support of the new album. Now, they will once again hit the road to do the same.

The tour will kick off on Oct. 28 at The Aggie in Ft. Collins, CO and wrap up a month or so later on Nov. 22 at The Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma, CA. Heading out on the road with the five-piece for the trek will be Basement and Turnover. Tickets for the shows will officially go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 21 at noon.

For the complete list of tour dates which includes a couple of stops in Canada as well as a slew of United States dates, check out the official poster for the tour below.

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The Story So Far Frontman Lets the Audience Know How He Feels About “Stage Seflies”

Selfies.

Doesn’t matter where you go whether it be the movies or the bathroom, you are bound to bump into someone who is too busy taking a picture of themselves to notice what’s happening on around them. Sadly, this is what the world has come to (remember selfie sticks were a huge seller last Christmas).

While a lot of musicians are on the fence about selfies because they take a part in the madness, there are some that have had enough of audience members spending more time trying to get the perfect band/selfie ration in their pictures to upload to social media than enjoying the music they are witnessing first hand.

One of those people not digging the “stage selfie” trend at concerts is The Story So Far frontman Parker Cannon.

During the band’s show at the Scout Bar in Houston on June 2, an audience member decided to get on stage to take a “stage selfie” during the band’s song “All Wrong.”

The audience member should have taken the song’s title as a warning because when Cannon saw what the guys was doing, he went over to the guy and kicked him. We’re guessing Cannon was trying to kick him off the stage, but that didn’t pan out.

Sadly, we’re sure the guy didn’t even noticed what had happened because he was too busy taking his own picture.

To see Cannon kick the guy, you will need to fast forward the video below to around the 12:27 point since it is the complete footage from that night’s show.

Stream The Story So Far’s New Album

The Story So Far’s self-titled album is not scheduled to be “officially” released until next week, but the band is giving their fans the opportunity to get acquainted with the full album ahead of time.

Previously, the California-based group released two songs from the album, lead single “Nerve” and “Solo” which are just two of the ten new tracks.

Listen to the full album below.

The Story So Far hits stores next Tuesday, May 19, through Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders are still ongoing, so if you’re digging the tracks, you can pre-order it now on their website, or just wait the seven days and go to your local record store and pick it up.

In support of the new album, The Story So Far are currently on the road with Four Year Strong, Terror, and Souvenirs.

Remaining tour dates can be seen below.

THE STORY SO FAR TOUR DATES:

May 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
May 13 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
May 14 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
May 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre and Ballroom (Spring Fling)
May 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Oceanfront (Skate & Surf Festival)
May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
May 19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 20 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Music Hall
May 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 22 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 26 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
May 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theatre
May 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 30 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
May 31 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
June 2 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
June 3 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
June 4 – Dallas, TX – The Door
June 5 – Oklahoma, OK – Farmers Market
June 6 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
June 10 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
June 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
June 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
June 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

The Story So Far Stream New Single

Last month, The Story So Far announced the release of their third studio album by “leaking” the first single off of the upcoming record on a CD during a Title Fight show in San Francisco.

Now, they’ve followed that up by releasing another new song from their self-titled, a track titled “Solo” this past weekend.

Check out the song below.

The Story So Far join a long list of fellow Pure Noise Records bands who have new albums coming out. Senses Fail’s Pull the Thorns from Your Heart is due out sometime this Summer, Hit the Lights just released Summer Bones on March 24, and just last week, Four Year Strong announced their self-titled will be hitting stores in June.

A pretty good year for Pure Noise Records, if we do say so ourselves.

The Story So Far will be released on May 19.

The Story So Far Release New Single, New Album Info

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The Story So Far’s new album will be heading our way a lot sooner than we anticipated.

Over the weekend, the California-based band “leaked” the first single off of their upcoming third album; a track titled “Nerve.”

Stream the song below.

Fans were a little skeptical when the song was mysteriously posted online and began to wonder about the validity of the song. Shortly after, it was confirmed by the band themselves that it was legitimately their new single from their self-titled album.

Reportedly, the band decided leak their own song in a cool, old-school way; by CD. According to DIY Mag, the band actually handed out burned CDs that had the track on it at a Title Fight show in San Francisco. Instead of letting those know that it was their new song, the band just claimed it was from a new act named The Skateboarders.

The new album announcement should not come as that much of a surprise to fans of the band. Late last year, the band’s record label, Pure Noise Records, announced a big chunk of their artists roster would be releasing new music in the new year. The Story So Far was on the list alongside fellow label mates Senses Fail, Hit the Lights, State Champs, and Four Year Strong.

The Story So Far will be released on May 19.