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You Me At Six Confirms Final UK Festival Appearance at Slam Dunk ’24

News has just dropped that You Me At Six are set to split with Slam Dunk, confirmed as the band’s final UK festival headlining appearance.

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Slam Dunk 2024
Slam Dunk 2024

As the news has just dropped that You Me At Six are set to split, Slam Dunk can offer a glimmer of good news as it confirms that it will be the band’s final UK festival appearance as they headline this summer. The UK’s biggest independent rock festival will be the very last festival in the country for fans to come and soak up one last dose of You Me At Six before they part ways. What’s more, Slam Dunk Festival today reveals the final additions to this year’s huge line-up, as six more bands join the must-see bill. Slam Dunk Festival comes to Hatfield Park on Saturday 25th May, before heading back to its home in Leeds, Temple Newsam on Sunday 26th May 2024. Tickets are available now via www.slamdunkfestival.com.

You can read our review of 2023’s epic Slam Dunk experience here.

Slam Dunk Festival’s 2024 headliners You Me At Six are hot on the heels of their eighth studio album, Truth Decay which shot to #4 on the UK album charts last year. And it seems only fitting that Slam Dunk is their final UK festival appearance as the band have been part of the Slam Dunk family for over 16 years, releasing their debut single on Slam Dunk Records in 2007 and in the same year performing their first-ever Slam Dunk Festival. The band’s debut album Take Off Your Colours was another Slam Dunk Records release, followed by a main stage slot at Slam Dunk Festival, both in 2008. By 2009, You Me At Six had secured Slam Dunk Festival headliner status, sharing the stage with huge names including Cobra Starship, Kids in Glass Houses, We The Kings, The Audition and many others, before returning in 2015 to headline yet again due to massive demand, sharing the stage with the likes of Don Broco, Taking Back Sunday and Neck Deep. And in 2022, You Me At Six headlined their own shows, titled “10 Years Of Sin” using the Slam Dunk Festival sites, with support from The Hunna, Holding Absence and more. This year, they return for their final UK festival performance to headline Slam Dunk Festival 2024 – their 5th and final appearance at the festival which is not to be missed.

You Me At Six said:

“We couldn’t think of a better place to perform our last festival appearance than the festival that first ever booked us. It’s going to be a full circle moment with raw & charged up emotion in abundance. We can’t wait.”

Adding to the excitement from across the pond is renowned American rock band, The Dangerous Summer. Taking influence from acts such as Bright Eyes, U2 and Phil Collins, the band have proven success over the years and guess what? Slam Dunk is the only place to see the band live this summer. Leeds’ very own Caskets, known for their intense metalcore sound, are set to ignite the stage once again at Slam Dunk. Since their memorable performance in 2022, where they wowed fans with their powerful energy and heavy-synth sounds, Caskets are seeing a massive rise in notoriety. Fresh from a US tour, next stop – Slam Dunk. Also joining the lineup is Brit metal band As Everything Unfolds. After an incredibly successful release of their second album, Ultraviolet the band will make their Slam Dunk debut after rounding off their UK tour in March. As Everything Unfolds are a not-to-be missed act for the metalcore fans.

Slam Dunk 2024 Fesitval Admat

Slam Dunk 2024 Fesitval Admat

Hailed as “the new generation of Manchester hardcore” Guilt Trip are known for pushing limits with their hardcore sound. The band aim to stand out from the scene, embracing that in their hit single “Sweet Dreams” and set to showcase that, and more at Slam Dunk this summer. Canadian quartet, Arm’s Length also join this year’s bill. The emo, pop-punk band formed in 2019 and gained overnight success on TikTok, releasing their studio album Never before Seen, Never Found Again in 2022 and now head to the UK to make their debut at the festival. There’s another Leeds band to join a long list of successors at Slam Dunk – Beauty School. The 5-piece band fuse a diverse pool of influence to make eloquent emo-infused alt rock. Their debut album Happiness which blends a mix of emo, indie and alt-rock, is already a fan favourite, released with none other than Slam Dunk Records.

Today’s announcement completes the stratospheric Slam Dunk lineup for this May, alongside the likes of The All American Rejects, I Prevail, Funeral For A Friend, The Interrupters, Waterparks, State Champs, Asking Alexandria, The Wonder Years, Mallory Knox and more.

The countdown is now officially on for Slam Dunk Festival 2024 – coming to Hatfield Park on Saturday, 25th May, and Leeds Temple Newsam on Sunday, 26th May.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.

The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.

Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

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L.A. Edwards Tease ‘Pie Town’ Album with “Good Luck” Single

L.A. Edwards returns with their new single “Good Luck” and word of a new album ahead of their tour with Lucinda Williams next week.

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L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher
L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher

Luke Edwards and his band of brothers, L.A. Edwards, return with their new single, “Good Luck,” ahead of a European tour with Lucinda Williams next week. The Californian family band has also just finished recording their fourth record, titled Pie Town, to be released on July 5th, 2024. The new single “Good Luck” reflects on recent difficult times with family.

Luke Edwards states:

Pie Town is the next step down the Heartland trail for us – it’s a collection of songs about my experiences over the past few years addressing the reticence to “grow up” and all the bulls**t that comes with that loss of innocence. Recorded here in Seattle, it reflects our most expansive and explorative instrumentation. I’m excited for this album, stay young my friends.”

Luke Edwards says of the new single:

“This song is a go-fuck yourself song about someone you still care about. There’s so few lyrics in it, I was hoping to let the melody do the talking and to allow space for interpretation for the listener. But for me, it’s about when you say, “Good Luck with that” as you wave goodbye and close the door.”

The new album will be released on July 5th, 2024, worldwide by Bitchin’ Music Group via The Orchard and Mars Label Group in Europe.

Catch L.A. Edwards play their new single with Lucinda Williams on the below UK & European dates, tickets for which are available at https://www.laedwards.net/.

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

Tour Dates:

Thu 29 Feb – London, UK
Fri 01 Mar – Birmingham, UK
Sat 02 Mar – Holmfirth, W Yorkshire, UK
Mon 04 Mar – Amsterdam, NL
Tue 05 Mar – Hamburg, DE
Wed 06 Mar – Berlin, DE
Fri 08 Mar – Köln, DE
Sat 09 Mar – Paris, FR
Mon 11 Mar – Munich, DE
Tue 12 Mar – Vienna, AT
Thurs 14 Mar – Bern, SW
Friday 15 Mar – Chiari, Italy

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Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024

Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.

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Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet
Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet

Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.

Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.

Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.

Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.

Nanna says:

“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”

Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).

Morrow says:

“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:

1. Prologue
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
12. Epilogue

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