Delivering the ultimate multi-date alternative festival extravaganza, Slam Dunk Festival 2022 moves into its 16th year with its biggest line-up to date. Today, the festival confirms Welsh pop-punk success story Neck Deep as the fourth and final headliner, joining Alexisonfire, Sum 41 and Dropkick Murphys on the top slots.

In addition to the newest headliner, Canadian hardcore gang Cancer Bats, incendiary mob The Bronx, US pop-rockers The Summer Set and Nottingham’s As December Falls will make their return to the festival this summer while Californian acts Point North and Mom Jeans make their Slam Dunk Festival debut.

Neck Deep will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the band by headlining at Slam Dunk Festival 2022. One of the UK’s biggest alternative export since Bring Me The Horizon, Neck Deep cracked the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic with their 2015 album Life’s Not Out To Get You. As they continued to win over the UK and the US with the follow up The Peace and Panic, the Welsh quintet were handpicked as main support on the mammoth blink-182 and Lil’ Wayne co-headline tour across America in 2019. Releasing their latest album All Distortions Are Intentional’ in the midst of a global pandemic, Neck Deep’s seventh appearance at Slam Dunk Festival this summer is sure to be a career landmark.

Speaking on their return, Ben Barlow (Neck Deep) says: “We’re really stoked to be back at Slam Dunk. It’s one of our favourite fests to play and there really isn’t anything else like it. It feels like our whole world is right there at Slam Dunk. We’ve worked our way up over the years playing various different slots and it’s an honour to be one of the main acts this year. It’s been way too long since we’ve been back at the fest, we usually do something special around it so expect something cool in the run-up. Or at the very least, a daft t-shirt or two. See you there!”

Elsewhere, Cancer Bats Liam Cormier says: “Super stoked to announce that our RETURN TO THE UK WILL BE AT SLAM DUNK 2022! There are so many rad new things for Cancer Bats this year, we can’t wait to share it with all of our UK pals and what better place than THE BIGGEST PARTY THEY’RE ALL GOING TO BE AT! ALSO, it must be noted that there’s going to be some serious CANADA vibes on our stage and we’re pumped to be a part of that!”

Matt Caughthran (The Bronx) says: “England! We have missed you terribly and cannot wait to come fuck shit up at Slam Dunk 2022. This time it’s for real!”

Brian Logan Dales (The Summer Set) says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to return to Slam Dunk Festival after all of these years. It’s been way too long since we’ve been to the UK, our old home away from home, and we’re so excited to finally come back and play some shows across the pond.”

About their Slam Dunk debut, Point North said: “We are so excited to be making our debut overseas festival appearance at Slam Dunk! We’ve wanted to play it since as long as we’ve been a band and we can’t wait to see you all in the UK.”

Bethany Hunter (As December Falls) says: “We’ve been going to Slam Dunk Festival every year since we were teenagers and getting the opportunity to play on Rock Sound’s Breakout stage in 2018 was unreal for us. After the whirlwind few years we’ve had since, to know that we’ll be back on the other side of the barrier this summer is genuinely a dream come true.”

Slam Dunk Festival 2022 will take place on Friday 3rd June (North) and Saturday 4th June (South), moving from the usual May Bank Holiday weekend to align with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend which begins on Thursday 2nd June. With even more acts to be announced, Slam Dunk Festival is set to redefine rock festivals in 2022 as the ultimate alternative party of the summer.

For more details and ticket info, visit the Official Slam Dunk Festival Website.

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