When We Were Young Festival canceled its Saturday performances last minute making crowds even more emo


When We Were Young music festival attendees are not okay (they promise).

Yesterday (Oct. 23), the inaugural When We Were Young music festival that featured mid-2000s emo artists like My Chemical Romance and Paramore, canceled its Saturday performances last minute due to high winds. Variety reports that some attendees found out about the cancellation as late as 10:30 a.m. when doors were set to open only half an hour later.

The remaining dates of the festival on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Oct. 29 “are moving forward accordingly.” Ticket holders who purchased tickets through the festival’s ticketing service will receive a refund within 30 days, but the festival did not offer attendees the option to transfer their ticket to one of the other two dates.

“When We Were Young Festival organizers have spent the last several days proactively preparing the festival grounds for a windy Saturday. The National Weather Service has now upgraded their Saturday forecast to a High Wind Warning, including dangerous 30-40 mph sustained winds with potential 60 mph gusts,” the festival’s statement reads. “Under advisement of the National Weather Service and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, we have no other choice than to cancel today’s When We Were Young Festival. The safety of our fans, artists and staff will always be our top priority.”

Many bands, like We The Kings and The All-American Rejects tried to make the best of the situation by hosting pop-up shows in Vegas, but these events didn’t have the capacity to accommodate all the festival attendees.

The festival’s lineup sent social media users into a frenzy when it was announced thanks to its nostalgia-inducing acts and similarity to Warped Tour. The festival’s Saturday cancelation had Twitter once again ablaze with attendees sharing their disappointment and airing their grievances.

It wasn’t just attendees who got in on the conversation. Curious onlookers enjoyed the spectacle of adults decked out in their finest emo attire wandering around Vegas with nowhere to go and others cashed in on the moment by making jokes and memes.


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