The first day of the When We Were Young Festival has been cancelled due to weather warnings and resulting safety fears.
“When We Were Young Festival organizers have spent the last several days proactively preparing the festival grounds for a windy Saturday,” a statement read. “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.”
They continued: “This was not a decision that came lightly. We know many of you traveled to the area to have a spectacular day with your favorite 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.”
When We Were Young Festival added: “Ticketholders who purchased their tickets directly through the festival’s ticketing company, Front Gate Tickets, for Saturday October 22’s When We Were Young Festival will receive a refund in as little as 30 days to the original form of payment.
Not all festival attendees received the email announcing plans to cancel the day’s events at the same time, with some finding the statement in their inboxes as late as 10:30 a.m. Others first learned the news through chatter on social media.
Presented by Live Nation, When We Were Young made waves online when it was first announced. Recalling the glory days of Vans Warped Tour, the festival’s lineup represents an all-star slate of 2000’s pop hits and emo artists.