One of the headliners of a major Hatfield music festival has given up.
Sum 41 will no longer perform at the 2021 Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield Park next month.
The Canadian Swollen lip and In too deep group were to co-headlining the festival at two sites with Don Broco.
Four Year Strong, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, With Confidence, Crown The Empire, Ice Nine Kills, and Free Throw will also no longer appear as homeless.
Don Broco from Bedford will always be headlining the Rock Scene scene in Hatfield and Leeds, according to the latest lineup poster released by the organizers of Slam Dunk.
NOFX, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Soul, Alkaline Trio and Pennywise are on the Punk in Drublic stage.
The Jägermeister tent will feature two clash-free stages with While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow and Funeral for a Friend on the program.
The pop-punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock festival is set to return to the grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire on Sunday 5th September.
Due to the pandemic, the Hatfield Festival has already been revamped three times, with multiple programming changes since the announcement of the first acts of Slam Dunk 2020 in 2019.
With the withdrawal of a number of international artists due to travel restrictions, a host of British bands have been added to the lineup, including Creeper on the Rock Scene.
With the future of the festival uncertain, Slam Dunk posted a statement on their social media explaining the programming changes.
The Slam Dunk update read: “Last week was a turning point for the festival. With only a month to go, international artists had to make final decisions on whether or not they could make the trip. United Kingdom.
“They need to start booking flights and paying other non-refundable expenses. Truth be told, at one point it looked like we were going to lose all of our international artists.
“But then a miracle happened and the UK opened up the quarantine-free journey to double-vaccinated US and EU citizens.
“Unfortunately for some, the change came too late and coupled with other restrictions, they can’t come anymore.
“So it is with regret that we must inform you that these artists will not play SDF21: Sum 41, Four Year Strong, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, With Confidence, Crown The Empire, Ice Nine Kills & Free To throw.
“However, we are delighted to welcome these British artists to the bill… Creeper, Brutality Will Prevail, NoahFinnce and For You The Moon.”
The organizers are offering ticket holders a refund for those who no longer wish to attend.
Team Slam Dunk added, “However, we beg you, the fans, to still attend SDF21 and support us and all the artists who are still playing.
“We really depend on it. For those of you who still participate, you will get discounted and early access to tickets for SDF22.
“To those who ask ‘why not just cancel’ the simple answer is that if we don’t try to do the festival this year, there may not be next year.
“A lot of people don’t realize that we are a small independent business that revolves around and depends on this festival.
“Hundreds of other people, from staging, sound and light companies, food vendors, security and ever-ready and eager bands, depend on us to give them a chance to work after 4 pm. months of our industry left for dead.
“Your support goes directly to ensuring that so many keep jobs. Artists booked to perform this year won’t go back a year, most already have their own tours and plans booked for 2022.
“Many will ask: ‘why don’t you replace artists with famous British artists’ believe us, we have already tried this on every available opportunity.
“While you can watch a band’s schedule and see that it’s free over the Homeless Weekend, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes reasons that could prevent an artist from performing.
“We know that for many of you this is not the same lineup as when you bought your tickets. For some of you it dates back to September 2019 – and the festival has had three reschedules and multiple lineups. . changed since.
“We could not be more grateful to those of you who have stayed with us through thick and thin.
“That being said, we fully understand the disappointment of others after so many changes.
“Throughout this unprecedented and frightening time in our industry, we were determined not to lose confidence and to provide you all with an event filled with joy and merriment that only live music can bring.
“We’re still determined to do it. It may not be what we originally planned, but it will still be the Slam Dunk Festival.”
The statement concluded: “For SDF21 to work, we need our community to come together now – and we can only do this with your support.
“Save your tickets, keep your travel plans in place, get your COVID tests or vaccinations sorted and defy the odds by making it happen.
“We want to warmly thank everyone who stayed with us and look forward to seeing you in Leeds or Hatfield in a few weeks.
“We’re so close now, we won’t give up… we all need and deserve this event.”