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When We Were Young Festival Guide

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If you’re a lover of emo and punk music then you will not want to miss out on enjoying the When We Were Young Festival. The Las Vegas music festival is the first of its kind to feature emo and pop punk music groups that were setting the world ablaze in the 1990s and early 2000s. The 2024 When We Were Young Festival will feature My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy as the headliners and every act will perform a full album. Punk and emo hits to expect include My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, 3OH!3’s Want, and more.

WWWY Festival is typically held in October at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Nevada and takes place over 2 to 3 days. The music festival is a nostalgic mashup of iconic performers of the alternative, pop, emo and punk music genres. Past festival performers include Pierce The Veil, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Bright Eyes and more. Read on to discover the exciting festivities to be had at the When We Were Young Festival.

2024 When We Were Young Lineup 

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WWWY Festival Schedule

The first music act starts playing at 11 a.m. every day and the last performance will wrap up around 12 a.m. With more than 60 bands present, it would be wise to set up a plan for the festival in advance before entering the grounds. The When We Were Young Festival lineup is the same each day and attendees can find specific performer set times to be released closer to the festival dates.

Festival SideShows

In the past, there have been additional shows for people 18+ scheduled around the festival and dubbed When We Were Young SideShows. These smaller concerts typically take place at different venues throughout Las Vegas like the Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade or the House of Blues Las Vegas.

Past WWWY performers that have had their own sideshow include A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, The Summer Set and Mayday Parade. Festival goers could also check out the dance parties hosted by Emo Night Brooklyn and other artists.

Parking & Transportation

Be aware that there is no parking available at the festival grounds. Before heading out, take advantage of public transportation options like the Las Vegas Monorail or the bus. If you opt to take a taxi or rideshare service, the festival’s drop-off area is located at 810 Circus Circus Drive on the southern end of the festival grounds. If you plan on driving, try parking close to the festival area, which is close to the Vegas Strip, and walk the rest of the way to the gates.

Extra Tips & Info for WWWY

  • When We Were Young is an all-ages event; attendees purchasing a VIP cabana pass must be 21+
  • There will be lockers will be available for rent
  • Patrons may leave and re-enter the festival up to two times
  • Accessible Viewing areas will be made available at designated stages, to gain access to these areas you will need to visit the Accessibility Services booth 
  • All patrons agree to be screened and are subject to bag inspection
  • Only clear bags (plastic, vinyl or PVC) are allowed; no tinted or iridescent bags are allowed
  • Empty, reusable plastic water bottles and hydration packs are allowed and water stations will be spread out throughout the festival grounds

Las Vegas Festival Grounds

The Las Vegas Festival Grounds spans nearly 40 acres and can accommodate up to 80,000 fans. The multi-purpose outdoor venue is perfectly suited to accommodate the large number of people attending events there with space for multiple stages, food and retail vendors, along with 400 restrooms and a 7.5-acre designated transportation area. 

The festival grounds are located near the Las Vegas Strip, which can provide entertainment for festival attendees wanting to take a break from the music to explore the city. Along with hosting the When We Were Young festival, the Las Vegas Festival Grounds has played host to other events like the Rock in Rio USA Music Festival in 2015 and the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival.

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