NewsJanuary 21, 2022 9:56 AM ET15,195 views

When We Were Young festival organizers respond to concerns

Update: When We Were Young festival organizers have now added a second day to the event, stating "Due to the overwhelming demand, we have decided to add a second day. Same Lineup each day." The festival will now take place on October 22 and 23 and while the extra day might alleviate some of the ongoing security concerns, having the entirety of the roster perform each day (rather than over two days) obviously will do nothing to pacify those worried about too many bands performing in a single day.


By now you've likely seen the line-up for October's When We Were Young festival, which is slated to feature a slew of seminal rock, pop punk, hardcore, etc. bands — including My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Atreyu, and many more — over the course of a single day.

With the Live Nation-organized Astroworld tragedy still fresh in the minds of many, prospective festival-goers have expressed concerns regarding possible safety issues, particularly because Live Nation is reportedly helming When We Were Young as well.

To that end, festival organizers have assured Newsweek that safety precautions are "thoroughly planned."

"The safety of fans, artists and staff is thoroughly planned for among event organizers and in coordination with local authorities," a When We Were Young spokesperson told Newsweek.

In addition to safety concerns, potential attendees have been perplexed as to how so many artists could possibly perform in one day, even with several stages.

In response, organizers say the configuration of multiple stages with various acts and headliners performing simultaneously should suffice. As per usual, set times will vary, with smaller acts playing shorter sets and headliners playing the longest. Earlier acts are expected to perform for roughly 20 minutes while headliners will play closer to 45-60 minutes.

Specific schedules and logistics have yet to be revealed.

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