Slam Dunk Festival leaves Wolverhampton

Slam Dunk Festival is set to leave Wolverhampton for its 10th anniversary year.

Slam Dunk Festival leaves Wolverhampton

This year’s one-day festival at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall brought in a record £65,000 in drink sales – beating the previous records set by Motorhead and Blast Off.

With the Civic being renovated next year, today it was announced that the festival would be held at Birmingham’s NEC in May 2016, with Panic! at the Disco, Of Mice & Men and New Found Glory headlining.

The move will increase the capacity by 50% and will be the first time a multi stage music festival takes place at the venue, using a combination of the Genting Arena, indoor Pavilions and outdoor stages. 

Slam Dunk has been at Wolverhampton for the past three years and it’s currently unknown whether it will return to the city in the future.

Festival founder and Director, Ben Ray, said: “Being from Birmingham myself, it has always been my dream to bring my festival home. I've been close the last 3 years in Wolverhampton, but this year feels special, especially being at such a famous venue as the NEC.

"Although its unfortunate that we have had to leave Wolverhampton, to tie this in with the festivals 10th anniversary has been a happy coincidence! I’d like to thank Wolverhampton City Council for all the support over our time time.”

Civic Halls Manager Mark Blackstock spoke of the success of the festival earlier this year.

He said: “The Slam Dunk Festival was another huge success for the Civic Halls and Wolverhampton, and we are already looking forward to the possibility of welcoming it back again next year.”


It started in 2005 by Brummie Ben Ray, who has overseen its transformation from a small club night in Leeds to a national three day event.

Previous headliners include Fall Out Boy, Out Boy, You Me At Six and The All-American Rejects.  

View You Me at Six play The Truth is a Terrible Thing at this year's Slam Dunk Festival:


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