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We are only one month into 2021, but festival and concert cancelations are already starting to pour in. However, Slam Dunk Festival is holding onto hope that its 2021 event will still happen at some point this year.

This week, the U.K.-based festival offered an update on the status of its 2021 plans and when ticketholders will most likely know if the festival has been canceled for another year or possibly moved to a later date.

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Earlier this week, we learned that both Epicenter and Sonic Temple have been canceled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 crisis. This latest news arrives just days after both Coachella and Glastonbury organizers canceled their 2021 events.

Despite the cancelations that are already happening around the world, Slam Dunk 2021 hasn’t made a decision yet. On Feb. 4, the festival offered an update on the status of its May event. Although organizers say “things aren’t looking great,” they are waiting to hear more from the U.K. government before making any decisions.

“We are aware that things aren’t looking great for festivals at the end of May,” the update says. “Currently, we are waiting for more government guidance on when events can return and when we know that we will take the action required. We believe this will be by the end of this month.”

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Slam Dunk does not want to go another year without its festival. With that said, organizers are looking into the possibility of moving the festival to a later date this year.

“Back up plans are of course being made and the bands are being consulted with. If we have to move it later in the year, we will, but we are absolutely determined to not let you go another year without a festival. Please bear with us and we thank you for your patience.”

Slam Dunk 2021 is set to happen on May 29 and 30 with headliners Sum 41, Don Broco, NOFX, Billy Talent and While She Sleeps. As well, State Champs, the Used, 3OH!3 and Mayday Parade are among the other bands scheduled to perform.

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Although some festivals and concerts are already canceled this year, others are still planning to happen. Louder Than Life, Welcome To Rockville and Inkcarceration are all scheduled to take place sometime in 2021.

As well, back in October, we learned that Aftershock Festival is happening Oct. 7 – 10, 2021. My Chemical Romance and Metallica are returning as this year’s headliners. As well, Machine Gun KellyRise AgainstParkway Drive and Rancid are also performing at the festival.

What are your reactions to Slam Dunk’s latest update? Do you have tickets for the festival this May? Let us know in the comments below.