If you're reading this, it's likely you're familiar with When We Were Young, the Las Vegas festival happening over three days in October with My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Car Seat Headrest, Glassjaw, The Linda Lindas, and many more. What you may not know is that another festival with a similar name, When We Were Hungry, was being planned for the same city, at Rockstar Bar, on October 20 and 21, the days before When We Were Young's first weekend. Modern Day Escape bassist William Wenz, whose desire to host a fest in a Denny's parking lot after seeing the WWWY lineup became a meme, helmed the fest, which had the mantra "making memes into dreams," and the hashtag "#pancakesinthepit." The inaugural lineup was a little different than WWWY's, featuring Black Flag, Madball, Unwritten Law, The Dickies, Palisades, Voodoo Glow Skulls and more on Thursday, and Secondhand Serenade, Every Avenue, hellogoodbye, Alesana, The Higher, Anarbor, and more on Friday. As Stereogum points out, When We Were Hungry has now been cancelled. The festival's founders have released a statement:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FEST 2022 is no longer able to take place. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we understand your frustrations, as we too are heartbroken that it has come to this. Our team has consistently been working around the clock trying our hardest to make things work, but sadly, it was beyond our control.
We would like to thank those who have supported us, as well as all artists who were set to play. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to support the bands who were scheduled to play WWWH and please support smaller festivals and tours. The music industry is struggling right now. Your support is beyond appreciated.