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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Mayday Parade, the Maine, the Wonder Years to headline inaugural Sad Summer Fest

sadsummer2019Dear Emo kids, we know the days of following Warped Tour across the country have come to an end, but that’s okay because it looks like we’ll be getting a new traveling music fest really soon. On Tuesday (March 19), the first annual Sad Summer Fest was announced. Following a week of cryptic online posts from several bands on the lineup, the event and its accompanying list were confirmed.

The cross-country event will feature performances by Mayday Parade, State Champs, the Maine, the Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T., and Just Friends. In addition to the acts mentioned above, who will play almost all the dates on the gig’s itinerary, acts like Every Avenue, Four Year Strong, Set It Off, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Emo Nite will also appear on select dates.

The impending tour will include stops in major markets such as Houston, Orlando, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, and a two-night engagement at the Masquerade in Atlanta (July 8 and 9).

Sad Summer Fest will start its summertime excursion on July 5 at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas. The trek will wrap up a month later on Aug. 3 at the City National Grove Outdoors in Anaheim.

“What could be better than being emo with your best friends in the sweet summer sun? Being emotional with your friends in the sweet summer sun at the Sad Summer Festival, that’s what,” the Maine’s John O’Callaghan said in a press release.

Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders adds: “This tour is about putting aside our differences and coming together as a community of people to enjoy music and art. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to see everyone out there.”

Limited pre-sale tickets are currently available on the traveling festival’s website with the code SAD. General ticket sales begin this Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Back in October, Every Avenue announced two reunion shows following six years on hiatus. Similarly, Forever the Sickest Kids began teasing fans of a possible return at the beginning of the year. Last year, they re-issued their debut album Underdog Alma Mater on vinyl.

For now, the full Sad Summer Fest tour itinerary can be found below.

SAD SUMMER FEST 2019 TOUR DATES:

July 5 –Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live! *#
July 6 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *#
July 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Mayday Parade, State Champs, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T.)
July 09 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (The Maine, The Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Just Friends)
July 10 –Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater %
July 12 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
July 13 –Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann Center
July 14 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Outdoors ^
July 16 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
July 17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage *
July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ StageAE
July 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor
July 21 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Festival Grounds in *$
July 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
July 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
July 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live @
July 27 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park *+
Aug. 3 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Outdoors *

@ without The Maine
* without The Wonder Years
$ Every Avenue
^ Four Year Strong
% Set It Off
# Forever the Sickest Kids
+ Emo Nite

Motion City Soundtrack and The Wonder Years Confirm Fall Tour

A couple of weeks after a magazine advertisement revealed the name of their upcoming new album as well as an upcoming tour with The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack has officially confirmed the fall tour dates to be true.

The fall tour will kick off on Oct. 17 at Webster Hall in New York and wrap up a month and a half later on Nov. 27 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The tour will not only feature Motion City and The Wonder Years, but also You Blew it! and State Champs.

For those Wonder Years fans, VIP ticket bundles are currently available on the band’s website. The VIP bundles will include: early entry to the venue, an eight-song acoustic set, a Q&A session prior to the show, tour laminates, poster, photos, and more.

For those who just want to go to the show and enjoy a night of pop-punk fun without all the added glitz and glamour, general admission tickets will go on sale beginning this Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m., local time.

The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK/THE WONDER YEARS FALL 2015 TOUR DATES:

Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Nov 02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Nov 06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Nov 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov 20 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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Motion City Soundtrack will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming new album, Panic Stations due out Sept. 18 while The Wonder Years will be supporting their own new album, No Closer to Heaven due out on Sept. 4. This tour will also be a promoting trek for State Champs; their new album, Around The World And Back, is due out on Oct. 16.

The Wonder Years Drop “Cigarettes & Saints” Music Video

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The Wonder Years teased all week that they would be releasing something big for fans on Friday and now, we officially know what that big surprise is; the music video for another new song off of their upcoming record.

Following the release of the music video for “Cardinals” last month, the Pennsylvania band has now premiered the music video for their second single, “Cigarettes & Saints.”

Check out the video for the second single off of No Closer to Heaven below.

No Closer to Heaven is set to be released on Sept. 4 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently ongoing. Like reported before, a portion of proceeds from the sales of the pre-orders will go to one of four charities the band has listed on their website. The fans who pre-order the record get to choose which charity their pre-order portion will be donated to.

In support of the new record, The Wonder Years will be heading out on a short, in-store, acoustic tour in the Fall. The tour will begin on Aug. 29 at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. On the same day, they will then make their way to Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The tour will then wrap up on Sept. 10 at Newbury Comics in Boston.

The other day, rumors began that The Wonder Years will be heading out on tour with Motion City Soundtrack following the posting of an advertisement in a magazine. The ad claimed that Motion City Soundtrack will go on tour this Fall in support of their new album and that The Wonder Years will be opening for them. As of now, neither band has confirmed or denied the claim from the ad.

Motion City Soundtrack’s New Album Info Leaked?

Motion City Soundtrack have been quiet when it comes to the information concerning their brand new album. After repeatedly being asked about the record by fans for what felt like a year, the group finally revealed that they were in fact working on a new record, though it took months for them to reveal it was due out this Fall.

But, all the secrecy may have just backfired on them. Last night (July 29) Absolute Punk reported that an ad in a magazine may have just revealed a lot of information about the new album.

According to the advertisement, the group’s sixth studio album will be titled Panic Stations and is set to be released on Sept. 28 through Epitaph Records.

In addition the album title and release date, the ad also claims that Motion City will be hitting the road this Fall with The Wonder Years in support of the new record. The joint tour would be fitting since The Wonder Years’ new album, No Closer to Heaven, is set to be released on Sept. 2 and their in-store acoustic tour wraps up on Sept. 10 in Boston.

Check out the advertisement below.

Motion City Leak

As of now, the band has not confirmed nor denied the ad’s claims. We checked Twitter as we are writing this, and there seems to be nothing but re-tweets from their show last in Toronto.

Panic Stations will be the follow-up to 2012’s Go. Last month, Motion City released “TKO,” the lead single from Panic Stations. In a twist, the audio for the song, very much like the album info, was leaked on Tumblr a day before it was set to make its official debut.

Motion City Soundtrack are currently in the middle of the second leg of their “Commit This to Memory Tenth Anniversary Tour” with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise.

The Wonder Years Unveil In-Store Acoustic Performances

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How do you follow-up the news that you will be releasing a new album in a couple of months? Why head out on a tour of course. But not just any kind of tour; an in-store acoustic tour.

The Wonder Years has announced just that. The band just revealed their plans to head out on an in-store acoustic performance tour slated to begin on Aug. 29 at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. On the same day, they will then make their way to Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The short acoustic tour will then wrap up two weeks later on Sept. 10 at Newbury Comics in Boston.

The full list of tour dates can be seen below as well as the official tour poster for the event.

THE WONDER YEARS ACOUSTIC IN-STORE SHOWS:

Aug. 29 – Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints
Aug. 29 – Claremont, CA @ Rhino Records
Aug. 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Zia Records
Aug. 31 – Chicago, IL @ Shuga Records
Sept. 1 – Dearborn, MI @ Dearborn Music
Sept. 2 – Columbus, OH @ Magnolia Thunderpussy
Sept. 3 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Gallery of Sound
Sept. 4 – Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
Sept. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ FYE
Sept. 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Garden
Sept. 6 – Fords, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl
Sept. 7 – West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes
Sept. 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade Records
Sept. 10 – Boston, MA @ Newbury Comics

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The Wonder Year’s new album, No Closer to Heaven, is set to be released on Sept. 2, the same day as their show at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, OH.

A few weeks ago, the band announced that a portion of proceeds from the pre-orders of No Closer to Heaven will be donated to four different charities; Puppies Behind Bars, Futures Without violence, The Herren Project, and After-School All-Stars. As they explained in a video, the buyer will have the option to pick between the four charities during the check out process and that’s where a portion of their contribution will be sent. For more information about the charities or to pre-order the record, you can head to The Wonder Year’s website.

Watch the Wonder Years’ Video for “Cardinals”

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Less than 12 hours after revealing a lot of news to their fans, The Wonder Years have unveiled the music video for the first single off of their fifth studio album.

Though we were given the album name (No Closer to Heaven), the release date (Sept. 4), the complete track list, and the cover art, the band had decided to keep the name of the first single a secret, but were kind enough to let everyone know it would be released at midnight.

Sadly, some of us were asleep, so it was good to know that the video was already available on the internet when we logged on this morning.

The lead single is titled “Cardinals” and the music video features frontman Dan Campbell carrying drummer Mike Kennedy down a suburban street lined with houses, towards an ambulance. But as they reach it, the ambulance pulls a troll move.

Wonder if it’s a metaphor for something?

Check out the music video for “Cardinals” below.

While the band’s new album doesn’t drop for another couple of months, were pretty sure some new tracks are going to start finding their way onto the band’s set list during the Vans Warped Tour.

It’s just a hunch, now that the cat is out of the bag.

The Wonder Years Announce Fifth Studio Album

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The Wonder Years might be in the middle of this year’s run of the Vans Warped Tour, but that’s not stopping the Pennsylvania band from announcing they will be releasing a brand new album later this year.

Taking to the web earlier in the day, the six-piece revealed that they will be releasing their fifth studio album this Fall.

The new record will be titled No Closer to Heaven, not to be confused with Citizen’s recently released, and similarly titled album, Everybody is Going to Heaven.

No Closer to Heaven is set to be released on Sept. 4 through Hopeless Records. The first single of the impending record is will be released at tonight at midnight EST.

In addition to the new song and its video, pre-orders for the record will go live at midnight as well.

For now, the band have been nice enough to give their fans the cover art for No Closer to Heaven as well as the track list for the 13-song album. Both of those can be seen below.

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NO CLOSER TO HEAVEN TRACK LIST:

01. “Brothers &”
02. “Cardinals”
03. “A Song for Patsy Cline”
04. “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then”
05. “Cigarettes & Saints”
06. “The Bluest Things on Earth”
07. “A Song for Ernest Hemingway”
08. “Thanks for the Ride”
09. “Stained Glass Ceilings” (feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
10. “I Wanted So Badly to Be Brave”
11. “You in January”
12. “Palm Reader”
13. “No Closer to Heaven”

No Closer to Heaven is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, The Greatest Generation.

Vans Warped Tour Day One to Stream on Yahoo

With a week until the 2015 Vans Warped Tour is slated to kick off their summer trek, organizers have revealed that the first day of the festivities are going to be broadcast live.

Those who might not be able to attend this year’s traveling rock show due to issues, will get the opportunity to watch 30 artists from this years line-up on four different stages from the comfort of their homes. The live broadcast will also feature backstage access as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.

The stream of the Pomona, CA stop on June 19 will go live at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. for those on the east coast) on Yahoo.

The list of artists who will be performing during the live broadcast can be seen below.

2015 VANS WARPED TOUR LIVE BROADCAST ACTS:

  • PVRIS
  • Attila
  • We Came As Romans
  • The Amity Affliction
  • Transit
  • Beartooth
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Black Veil Brides
  • August Burns Red
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Blessthefall
  • Mooseblood
  • Riff Raff
  • Neck Deep
  • As It Is
  • Night Riots
  • This Wild Life
  • Set It Off
  • Family Force Five
  • Metro Station
  • Never Shout Never
  • Mod Sun
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • Juliet Simms
  • Citizen
  • Man Overboard
  • Icon For Hire
  • The Wonder Years
  • Lee Corey Oswald
  • Miss May I

Vans Warped Tour Unveil Complete 2015 Line-Up

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After months of patiently waiting for Warped Wednesdays to get the newest additions to this year’s line-up, the wait has officially come to an end. Yesterday at the Vans Warped Tour Kick-Off concert nine artists were unveiled and today another one was added to that list. To the surprise, or maybe not, of everyone the final band to be hitting main stage this Summer will be Pierce the Veil.

Anyway, check out the complete line-up below and if you still have no idea when the traveling rock how is slated to hit you town, check out the full tour schedule here. We know for a fact that our Warped date has been moved up almost a month, so it might be good to check that out.

2015 VANS WARPED TOUR LINE-UP:

Pierce The Veil

Knuckle Puck
H2O
Kaya Stewart
Macy Kate
Miss May I
Senses Fail
TAT
The Bunny The Bear

Beth Stelling (6/19-6/26)
Chase Bernstein (6/27-7/12)
Dave Ross (7/1-7/12)
Eli Olsberg
Eric Swartz (7/26-8/8)
Grant Cotter
Sammy Obeid (6/19-6/30)
Sandy Danto (7/26-8/8)

A+ Dropouts (6/19-7/3)
Attila
August Burns Red
Drama Club
False Puppet (7/23-8/8)
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Ascot Royals
Beartooth
Never Shout Never
Rivers Monroe
Svetlanas
Carousel Kings
Citizen
Mallory Knox
Man Overboard
Silverstein
Aaron West
American Opera
Brian Marquis
Hutton Baird
PVRIS
Transit
Say We Can Fly
Speak Low
Grey Gordon
Koji
Meghann Wright
Onward Etc
Ho99o9
Major League
Set It Off
Motion City Soundtrack (6/19-6/21)
New Years Day
The Kenneths
New Beat Fund
Alvarez Kings
Emarosa
The Karma Killers
MC Lars
Mod Sun
‘68
PUP
Bebe Rexha
Transit
Black Veil Brides
Juliet Simms
Metro Station
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Night Riots
Night Argent
The Amity Affliction
This Wild Life
Seaway
Jule Vera
ChrisB
Our Last Night
Riff Raff
Slaves
The Dirty Nil
BoyMeetsWord
Candy Hearts
I Killed The Prom Queen
Sirens And Sailors
Youth In Revolt
Born Cages
Rotting Out
While She Sleeps
Matchbook Romance
Icon For Hire
Baby Baby
The Relapse Symphony
Escape The Fate
Hands Like Houses
Le Castle Vania
M4Sonic
Crossfaith
Fit For A King
Splitbreed
Beautiful Bodies
blessthefall
Hundredth
Lee Corey Oswald
Trophy Eyes
Family Force 5
Handguns
Palisades
Kosha Dillz
Asking Alexandria
Have Mercy
Being As An Ocean
The Wonder Years
Black Boots
As It Is
Alive Like Me
Neck Deep
Moose Blood