Enter Shikari announced to headline Slam Dunk festival 2017

NME talks to the band about celebrating 10 years of their debut album

Enter Shikari have been confirmed to headline Slam Drunk festival 2017 – where they’ll be celebrating their landmark debut album ‘Take To The Skies’.

The cross-country rock, punk and metal festival will take place in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield next May.

After unveiling their surprise new single ‘Hoodwinker’ last month as the band started work on what they promise to be a ‘new era’ and their ‘best album yet’, they’ll not only be using next year to launch new material, but also to celebrate a decade of their first record at Slam Dunk as a UK festival exclusive.

“We’ve DJ’d it twice, and because the southern one Is in Hatfield where I went to uni, it’s a festival we’ve been to a lot as punters,” Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds told NME. “It will be amazing to finally play it properly.”

Reynolds continued: “It has such a great line-up, and it’s very much within the heart of the alternative scene. It’s mad what a staple festival it is now and it’s obscene. The settings are really cool – especially the Leeds one right in the city centre. I love the setting, I love the vibe, it should be a good time.”

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Elaborating on their special plans for their headline set, Rou told NME: “It’s going to be the celebration of ‘Take the Skies’. We’re not quite sure that will translate as; I don’t think we’re going to play it from start to finish. That will be a bit too boring and clichéd. It’s going to be a sort of taking the nostalgia but keeping it modern  – but there are going to be songs that we haven’t played for about nine or ten years. There’s even going to be a song that we never got to play off of that album called ‘Today Won’t Go Down in History’. We’re really excited for that.

“I listened to the album for probably the first time since we made it recently. The nostalgia was flooding back, hopefully it’s going to be a real celebration.”

Festival Director Ben Ray added: “I’m happy to welcome Enter Shikari to the Festival for the first time! It’s always great to have another headliner from the UK, which shows how well British rock music is doing. We’ve also made some major changes to all 3 sites for next year so I can’t wait for people to see them!”

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 takes place across multiple venues in Birmingham on 27 May, Leeds on 28 May and Hatfield on 29 May. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 11 November.

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