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Rock fest boom continues with new Ocesa event

Ocesa is the latest promoter to capitalise on a renewed demand for rock music with a new festival called The World Is A Vampire.

The Mexico City festival is curated in partnership with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, with the band headlining the 4 March 2023 event.

Interpol, Turnstile, Peter Hook & The Light, DeafHeaven and The Warning are also slated to perform at the first edition, taking place in Ocesa’s Foro Sol (cap. 65,000) stadium.

They will be joined by Ekkstacy, Chelsea Wolf, Margaritas Posridas, In The Valley below, El Shirota and Acid Waves.

“Mexico City will be covered by a deep and dark night, night owls will congregate in a feast of music and good rock, which will mark the beginning of a quasi-twilight celebration,” reads a statement from Ocesa, which is Latin America’s largest promoter, now owned by Live Nation.

Live Nation is behind a slate of new rock-focused festivals announced in the last 12 months

Live Nation is behind a slate of new rock-focused festivals announced in the last 12 months.

Most recently, LN subsidiary C3 Presents announced a brand new US festival for hard rock and alternative music fans called Sick New World. System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones and Incubus are set to headline the one-day event, taking place on May 13 2023 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Prior to that, the live entertainment giant unveiled a new alternative music festival for Atlantic City, New Jersey (US), called Adjacent. Blink-182 and Paramore will headline the all-ages event, slated for 27 & 28 May 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend).

These two new festivals came after Live Nation premiered “emo nostalgia” festival When We Were Young in October at Las Vegas Festival Grounds with headliners Paramore and My Chemical Romance.

The 85,000-cap “emo nostalgia” festival was expanded to three days due to demand, and the 2023 edition sold out before the 2022 event had even started.

Next year’s instalment features a pop-punk twist featuring headliners Blink-182 and Green Day, who will be joined by the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer and All Time Low, Yellowcard, Rise Against, Sum 41, Pierce the Veil, Gym Class Heroes, Michelle Branch, Thrice, Rise Against, Simple Plan and New Found Glory.

 


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When We Were Young fest opening day cancelled

The first day of Live Nation’s When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas was cancelled following a high wind warning.

The 85,000-cap “emo nostalgia” festival, staged at Las Vegas Festival Grounds, was an instant sensation when it was announced in January, with extra dates added due to demand.

Scheduled to feature the same line-up over three days on 22-23 and 29 October, headlined by Paramore and My Chemical Romance, organisers took the decision to cancel last weekend’s opening night as a result of adverse weather.

“When We Were Young Festival organisers have spent the last several days proactively preparing the festival grounds for a windy Saturday,” says a statement to ticket-holders. “The National Weather Service has now upgraded their Saturday forecast to a High Wind Warning, including dangerous 30-40mph sustained winds with potential 60mph gusts. 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”

“The safety of our fans, artists and staff will always be our top priority. This was not a decision that came lightly. We know many of you travelled to the area to have a spectacular day with your favourite bands and have been looking forward to this day for months. We were equally as excited and are devastated to have to share this news.”

The second day of the event proceeded as planned yesterday (Sunday 23 October), with more than 60 bands playing across three stages in 12 hours. Other artists included Bring Me the Horizon, Avril Lavigne, A Day to Remember, AFI, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Pvris.

The 2023 edition of When We Were Young will feature a pop-punk twist and sold out earlier this month before the inaugural festival had even started.  Headliners Blink-182 and Green Day will be joined by the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer and All Time Low, Yellowcard, Rise Against, Sum 41, Pierce the Veil, Gym Class Heroes, Michelle Branch, Thrice, Rise Against, Simple Plan and New Found Glory. General admission tickets started at US$249.99.

 


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Live Nation unveils new ’emo nostalgia’ festival

Live Nation is taking fans back to the ‘golden age of emo’ with a new festival, When We Were Young.

Paramore and My Chemical Romance (MCR) are set to headline the festival, billed for Saturday 22 October in Las Vegas.

The date comes amid MCR’s hotly-anticipated reunion tour, which sold out upon its announcement in early 2020.

Meanwhile, When We Were Young is currently Paramore’s only announced date and comes shortly after the band announced their long-anticipated return to the studio.

The festival is slated to take place at Las Vegas Festival Grounds – a 37-acre open-air concert venue that reportedly can accommodate up to 80,000 fans.

More than 60 bands are set to play across three stages in 12 hours

Located on the Vegas Strip, the grounds has previously hosted ACM Party for a Cause Festival, iHeartRadio Music Festival and the 2015 Rock in Rio USA as well as a number of major festivals and conventions.

Jimmy Eat World, Avril Lavigne, Car Seat Headrest, The All American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday and Alkaline Trio are also set to perform at When We Were Young.

More than 60 bands are set to play across three stages in 12 hours and general admission tickets start at US$224.99.

 


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