The New Festival Everyone’s Talking About: When We Were Young


There’s a lot of buzz in the festival community this week thanks to the announcement of a brand new festival, called When We Were Young. Taking place Saturday, October 22 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada, When We Were Young is a throwback festival, featuring 60 alternative, punk, and emo bands from your awkward teenage years.

The lineup features bands like My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, The All American Rejects, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Avril Lavigne, and so many more. The lineup is so insane that many are wondering if it’s too good to be true, claiming this could possibly be Fyre Festival 2.0.

Many have questioned how Live Nation can pull off a single day festival with over 60 bands on the roster. With a 12pm-11am time frame, this number does seem ambitious. Some are also skeptical of Live Nation’s No Refund Policy, especially in the age of Covid, and speculate whether or not this is a scam.

Despite the skepticism, there is nothing so far to indicate this festival is illegitimate. A number of bands have confirmed their performances on social media and Live Nation has an established reputation putting on events of this caliber. This might just in fact be the festival of everyone’s dreams.

Photo taken from Paramore’s Facebook


Presale tickets begin Friday, January 21st at 10am PST. General on sale will then become available at 2pm PST the same day. There are four ticket levels to choose from: GA, GA+, VIP, and VIP Cabana. GA tickets, starting at $224.99, will include all-day access to performances across all three three stages, and access to food vendors, bars, concessions, free water stations, and festival and band merch. GA+ tickets, starting at $399.99, include everything offered in GA, as well as air-conditioned restrooms and a dedicated entry lane into the festival. VIP tickets, starting at $499.99, include GA+ offerings, as well as access to charging stations and a dedicated viewing area at the main stage. The highest ticket level is the VIP Cabana (21+ only), priced at $12,500, which also includes a roped-off, shaded viewing area with your own security and VIP services, two complimentary bottles, food vouchers, skip the line access for merchandise store, and 10 VIP admission tickets into the festival.

You can sign up for presale and purchase tickets Friday on their website here.