Slam Dunk 2021 has been postponed with possible lineup changes
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the plans to end England's COVID-19 restrictions this June. However, with the plans now set in motion, Slam Dunk 2021 is no longer able to happen in May.
Now, Slam Dunk organizers have announced that the entire festival has been pushed back to this September.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the live music industry's future is still rather uncertain. Earlier this month, Slam Dunk organizers reassured ticketholders that they are doing everything they can to make sure the festival happens sometime this year.
Finally, this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the government's intent to ease out of lockdown restrictions. Currently, England has a four-step plan that could lead to all limits being lifted by June 21. However, this is all dependent on keeping coronavirus cases low and continuing to vaccinate citizens.
Based on the government's new ploy, Slam Dunk Festival is no longer able to take place on May 29 and 30 this year. So, organizers have decided to move the festival to September. Slam Dunk North is now happening on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Temple Newsam while Slam Dunk South is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 5 at Hatfield Park.
In a new statement, organizers confirm all purchased tickets will remain valid for these new dates. As well, the "vast majority" of the already announced lineup will return for the rescheduled dates. However, it looks like there's a slight possibility the schedule change may impact a few artists' abilities to perform at Slam Dunk this year.
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Although we are less than three months into 2021, various tour cancelations and festival postponements have already happened. So far, both Epicenter and Sonic Temple have been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.
This news arrived just days after both Coachella and Glastonbury organizers canceled their 2021 events. As well, Halsey canceled her entire Manic North American tour while Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their Afterburner tour to later this fall and canceled Swanfest.
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 Kelly, Rise Against, Parkway Drive and Rancid are also performing at the festival.
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