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When We Were Young Music Festival Announcement

Pop-punk and emo fans received the announcement of the When We Were Young Festival last week with both excitement and concern. The When We Were Young Festival will take place in Las Vegas on October 22-23. A flyer was posted on multiple social platforms, on January 18, presenting the names of 65 different alternative and rock bands.

My Chemical Romance and Paramore would serve as headlining acts, with cult-favorite groups such as AFI, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, and The All-American Rejects performing throughout the day. The acts will perform on three different stages from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The headliners will be performing for an hour or more, while other acts perform shorter sets.

The announcement on Twitter received so many positive responses from fans that the festival’s promoters announced they would be adding a second day to the festival. Tickets went on sale on January 21st, starting at $245 for General Admission, and by 4 p.m. EST, the official festival account announced that the tickets were sold out for both dates.

Many fans voiced their concern regarding the safety of the festival when they realized Live Nation organized the event, due to their promotion of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival which ended in fatalities. However, their concerns were recognized when Live Nation issued a statement on the safety of the event, stating “the safety of fans, artists and staff is thoroughly planned for among event organizers and in coordination with local authorities.”

This festival gives many fans hope that the bands will incorporate this into a larger tour instead of experiencing a one-and-done event. With pop-punk and rock-influenced sounds making a strong comeback into the mainstream music scene, this festival is happening at the perfect time.

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