The Grand Slam

James Hanley

As with so many music success stories, Slam Dunk Festival came about more by accident than design. Born out of necessity in 2006 to accommodate a rapidly emerging Fall Out Boy, it didn’t take long for festival director Ben Ray to realise he’d found a winning formula.

“I’d put Fall Out Boy on that January at Leeds’ biggest venue at the time, The Refectory, at 2,100-capacity,” Ray tells Music Week. “Their album From Under The Cork Tree was exploding and ...

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