If you’re anything like us at THP, you’re buzzing with excitement over When We Were Young Fest! The Las Vegas festival promises 12 straight hours of pop-punk and post-hardcore that will send you right back to the glory days of 2000s emo and Warped Tour. As excited as we are that some of our faves like My Chemical Romance and State Champs will be taking the stage, what we really can’t wait for is the women of the rock scene to get the recognition and lively crowds they deserve at WWWY! Here are all the talented ladies who will be hitting Vegas this October for the crossover concert event of the century.
After dropping her Love Sux album in February, Avril will be one of the stars of the show at When We Were Young! Between iconic tracks like ‘Sk8er Boi’ and new hits like ‘Love It When You Hate Me’ with blackbear, her set will definitely go down in ‘Rock N Roll’ history. We can’t get enough of her unapologetic confidence or angsty vocals.
Ellie Rowsell Of Wolf Alice
Ellie Rowsell is the multi-talented lead singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and synth player of Wolf Alice, one of the hottest rock groups to come out of England. She and her bandmates will totally make every fest-goer ‘Smile’ when they take the stage with moody alt-rock anthems like ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ and ‘Silk.’ Wolf Alice’s music is a true sonic journey and Ellie is the perfect guide into their mesmerizing world.
Hayley Williams Of Paramore
If you didn’t grow up envying Hayley’s fiery red hair, were you really a punk kid? You definitely won’t be ‘Fake Happy’ if you make the time to see Paramore’s decade-spanning set. Hayley’s not one of the most famous women in pop-punk for no reason – she’s one of the genre’s best vocalists and most energetic performers.
Lynn Gunn Of PVRIS
From the eerie synth notes on ‘Mirrors’ to the punchy 808s on ‘Monster,’ PVRIS can truly do it all! Lynn Gunn is the perfect frontwoman for such a dynamic group, using her surreal voice and unique vision to ground their musical experimentation. We can’t wait to see what PVRIS bring to the When We Were Young stage.
Meet Me @ The Altar
Meet us at MM@TA’s set if you wanna have the best time! Ada Juarez, Edith Johnson, and Téa Campbell aspire to be the strong women of color that were lacking from the scene when they were growing up, and we love their passion and dedication to their artistry, adding a youthful edge to the classic pop-punk sound. Edith even auditioned for the band with a Paramore cover, so we bet they’re stoked to be playing the same festival.
We’re ‘sincerely’ obsessed with Nessa Barrett and we’re so proud of her for landing on a lineup among so many pop-punk legends so early in her career! From ‘la di die’ to ‘i hope ur miserable until ur dead,’ you already know Nessa is gonna bring the perfect edgy energy to the festival. Catch us daydreaming about her setlist and what immaculate outfit she’ll wear during her performance.
Patricia Day Of HorrorPops
Patricia Day is the ferocious frontwoman of the rockabilly-infused HorrorPops, and we think she’s the perfect breath of fresh air the festival needs! As much as we adore pop-punk, it’s good to have a wide variety of music on a festival lineup and HorrorPops’ rocking retro guitar riffs will definitely become a hit with the audience.
Royal & The Serpent
If you’re ‘Overwhelmed’ by how many talented artists are on the WWWY lineup, start by making sure you see Royal & The Serpent. Ryan Santiago is the incredible mastermind behind R&TS and she’s constantly pushing herself to be the best artist she can be. We love her dedication to being honest about topics like mental health on Royal songs!
The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas effortlessly show off the power of teenage girls: Bela Salazar, Eloise Wong, and Lucia and Mila de la Garza range in age from 11 to 17 while tackling topics like racism and sexism with a polish that makes them seem like industry veterans. As young Latinx and Asian-American women, they bring a unique perspective to their music and we know they’ll be huge one day. Now is the perfect time to start supporting them before they explode on the scene!
Which of these talented women are you most excited to see on the When We Were Young setlist? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! You can get more info on the festival and stay updated on tickets here, and click here for more sweet pop-punk content to get your fix before the day of the show.