UK: Slam Dunk, TRSMT, ILMC, Liam Gallagher

Slam Dunk Moves

Slam Dunk Festival, which takes place on three days at three different locations across England, moved its southern edition to a new site, Hatfield Park, May 27, 2018.

Slam Dunk South used to take place at The Forum Hertfordshire and the surrounding campus of Hatfield University, but the site has become too small for the event. Next year’s edition will take place at Hatfield Park, which also hosts UK festivals Eastern Electric, Folk By The Oak, the Battle Proms Picnic Concerts and, from next year, Classic Ibiza.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors are expected to show up for Slam Dunk South in 2018. The midlands edition takes place on May 28 at the NEC and Genting Arena in Brimingham, where it moved in 2016. Slam Dunk North goes will go down on May 26 in Leeds’ city center.

The lineup is the same for all three editions, and Jimmy Eat World will headline next year.

TRNSMT Adds Weekend

Ryan Johnston
– TRNSMT 2017
Biffy Clyro plays the Scottish festival July 9.

TRNSMT festival, which launched this year in Glasgow, Scotland, adds a second weekend in 2018, albeit for two shows only.

The main festival will take place on the weekend of June 29-July 1, with two shows taking a week later, July 6-8. The festival’s organizers at DF Concerts declined to reveal any names to Pollstar.

The lineup of last year’s premiere included Radiohead, Stormzy, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Speaking about the first edition, DF Concerts CEO Geoff Ellis told Pollstar:

“We were delighted with it. It was always going to be hard, because people’s expectations were that we were moving T in the Park into Glasgow city center.

“It was always a completely different event, but until it happened, people didn’t realize it. I think now there’s a huge aura of positivity in the city, the council and police all think it was a fantastic event with a well-behaved audience and a great buzz around it.”

He promised to bring “even more of the best artists from around the world to Glasgow Green” in 2018.

ILMC Turns 30

The dates for ILMC’s 30th anniversary have been set. The conference will take place, March 6-9, at London’s Royal Garden Hotel.

As usual, the first day of ILMC is dedicated to the International Production Meeting, which expects some 250 production managers, service and supply companies as well as health and safety experts for its 11th edition.

The following three days will be full of conference sessions, the contents of which have yet to be announced. The Arthur Awards will he presented on Thursday, March 8. Traditional ILMC favorites, such as the table football and poker tournaments or the karaoke night are going to return as well.

Companies supporting ILMC 30 include Live Nation, Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim, DEAG, Showsec, Malaysia Major Events, AirX, Eventbrite, UTA, WME, eps, Emporium Presents, Feld Entertainment, Green Copper and Buma Cultuur. 

– ILMC 30
“The Truth Is In Here”

As usual, ILMC comes with a theme, and this year it’s all about outer space, UFOs and extraterrestrials. Organizers around ILMC head Greg Parmely expect some 1,000 industry professionals from 60-plus countries to show up for the birthday party.

“With its ongoing mission to maintain peace and harmony among the live music worlds, ILMC 30 will feature more meetings, events, networking and out of body experiences than ever,” Parmley said.

Liam Gallagher Returns To Manchester’s Old Trafford

Liam Gallagher is to play a headline show at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket grounds in Manchester, Aug. 18.

Manchester native Gallagher returns to the stage he shared with the likes of Ariana Grande, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas and others at the June 4 One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the May 22 attack on Manchester Arena.

The gig is promoted by Festival Republic, which promises “a full supporting line-up still to be announced.” Emirates Old Trafford holds 50,000 spectators for concerts.

Gallagher is touring the U.S. with support act Warbly Jets during November. The UK leg of the tour starts Dec. 3 at First Direct Arena in Leeds and closes Dec. 16 at Manchester Arena.

The man will then head to Australia, Dec. 30-Jan. 7, for Falls Festival and a couple of headline shows, before hitting Jakarta’s Ecopark Convention Centre in Indonesia on Jan. 14. From Feb. 23 through to March 8, Gallagher will be touring mainland Europe.

After two shows at Lollapalooza Brazil and the Parque de la Exposicion in Lima, Peru, March 25-27, he’s coming back to the UK and Northern Ireland. The Aug. 18 show at Emirates Old Traffor will marks the end of his 2018 touring activities, for the moment. Head to Liam Gallagher’s artist page for an overview of all the dates.

Speaking of Gallagher. His brother Noel, together with his band High Flying Birds, has just been announced to headline the first edition of SJM Concerts’ Neighbourhood Weekender, which premieres in Warrington’s Victoria Park, England, May 26-27.