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Live Nation Announces: “When We Were Young”

When We Were Young
When We Were Young

Concerts kept being canceled during this lonely January month – I haven’t been to anything since I got sick just before Christmas because there’s simply nothing to go to. Genesis Owusu at the Roxy was postponed, Iceage at Zebulon was canceled, Shame at the Regent was canceled and that’s only the concerts I was planning to go to. There have been many other cancelations since the Omicron wave, and since California has recorded over a million new COVID cases in the past week, it is expected to continue. However, there’s absolutely no logic, some large-scale concerts went on despite the Omicron threat, like this one at the Forum over the weekend: How wasn’t it regarded as a super-spreader knowing how contagious this variant is and knowing that the Forum has a 17,500 capacity? People rarely keep their masks inside, especially when drinks are served all night long. The same can be said about Tool’s concert at Honda Center in Anaheim today. So far, Bjork’s 3 nights at the Shrine are still on. I have a ticket for the 26 and I am hopeful but who knows what could happen in a week: the production involved people from many different countries, and this could cause a problem.

As concerts go on or don’t go on, the music industry stays very optimistic and keeps announcing new festivals. After Coachella in April, “Cruel World” and “Just Like Heaven” in May, “This Ain’t No Picnic” in August, “Primavera Sound” in September, there is another festival to look for in October. “When We Were Young,” a single-day festival located in Las Vegas, curated for a very specific crowd: Welcome to the ‘00s. Is this the first full-scale emo festival? Is this Live Nation’s answer to Goldenvoice’s “Cruel World” and “Just Like Heaven”? Probably. After a slow start, 2022 promises to be crazy.

Headlined by My Chemical Romance and Paramore, the entire thing looks like a dream lineup for a crowd who used to attend the Warped Tour two decades ago. But honestly, this sounds like a crazy intense day. How can you expect to see all these bands in 12 hours? How many stages does a lineup of 60 bands and counting represent? Four? Five? Six? Choices, choices, choices… Millennials will not survive the experience.

Festivals look more and more like a Las Vegas buffet these days, there are more and more choices, you end up frustrated because you cannot taste everything, and you may still catch a contagious disease

Here is the full lineup of this millennials trap:

My Chemical Romance, Paramore, AFI, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Alkaline Trio, Manchester Orchestra, A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, The Story So Far, Dance Gavin Dance, The All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, Car Seat Headrest, Sleeping With Sirens, Knocked Loose, JXDN, Avril Lavigne, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills, Senses Fail, Bayside, Mom Jeans, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Neck Deep, Silverstein, Palaye Royale, Bright Eyes, Poppy, Nessa Barrett, Wolf Alice, Acceptance, Story of the Year, Atreyu, PVRIS, Saosin, Glassjaw, Lilhuddy, TV Girl, The Starting Line, Thursday, Anberlin, Jimmy Eat World, 3OH!3, State Champs, Four Year Strong, We The Kings, The Wonder Years, Royal & The Serpent, The Ready Set, Kittie, Hawthorne Heights, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Garden, Horrorpops, Meet Me At The Altar, The Linda Lindas and Prentiss.

“When We Were Young” takes place October 22nd, 2022 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds. A special presale beginning Friday at 10 a.m. PT for fans who sign up for early access to passes online at whenwewereyoungfestival.com. General Admission starts at $224.99.

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