Futuresound Group has confirmed it will expand independent UK rock festival Slam Dunk into Europe with two new events in France and Italy next summer.

Slam Dunk France, promoted in partnership with AEG France and independent French promoter Opus Live, will be a 15,000-cap one-day, one-stage indoor event taking place at Lyon’s Halle Tony Garnier on 2 June. Artists announced include The Offspring, Simple Plan, Billy Talent, Zebrahead and Oakman.

Slam Dunk Italy (cap. 10,000), promoted alongside local booking agency Hub Music Factory, will be held over two days across two stages from 2-3 June on the beach in Rimini at Bellaria Igea Marina. The event will also offer camping and hotel packages across the weekend. Acts announced so far include Rancid, The Offspring, Enter Shikari, Simple Plan, Bowling for Soup and Billy Talent.

The UK festival was launched in Leeds in 2006 by promoter Ben Ray. Slam Dunk Records, which is part of Futuresound Group in Leeds, is one of the longest-running independent live music promoters and venue operators in the UK.

The next UK edition of the festival, featuring many of the same artists in France and Italy, will be held across two sites – Hertfordshire’s Hatfield Park on 27 May and Temple Newsam, Leeds on 28 May.

The French edition was originally set to launch in May 2020 at La Cigale & La Boule Noire, Paris, before being cancelled due to Covid-19.