The famed redemption in the classics is upon us yet again. When We Were Young is the angsty haven for millennials to relive their glory days of music.
A sea of black jeans, band t-shirts and neon hair extensions made up the fray in 2022. Last year’s lineup featured iconic bands like My Chemical Romance, Avril Lavigne and Paramore — and with headliners like Green Day and Good Charlotte leading the charge this year, even the winds can’t stop the momentum.
A map of Vegas will come in handy when navigating the Strip. Prepare for the trip with our guides on cheap restaurants and 24-hour services — and knowing where the best pharmacies on the Strip are located for water bottles and hangover cures.
When We Were Young Festival 2023
The original festival took place in Santa Ana in April 2017, with Morrissey as one of the headliners and an all-too-familiar canceled first day. This year, Live Nation is hosting the When We Were Young 2023 festival. The show sold out so quickly that an additional date was added, to accommodate the masses.
Las Vegas Festival Grounds
311 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
October 21 and October 22, 2023 (Limited remaining tickets available for second October 2023 date)
When We Were Young announced its return to the Vegas festival grounds last October. Dual main headliners include Green Day and Blink-182. This year’s lineup is a stacked collection of other bands like:
- Good Charlotte
- Gym Class Heroes
- Michelle Branch
- Travis Barker
- Simple Plan
- The Used
- Pierce The Veil
- New Found Glory
- Thirty Seconds to Mars
- The Offspring
- Bring Me The Horizon
- 5 Seconds of Summer
- Rise Against
- All Time Low
- Bowling For Soup!
Musical features will consist of award-winning platinum albums from the bands and artists playing this fall festival.
Presale tickets became available for early access in February but have since sold out. GA tickets went on sale earlier this year, so getting any now will be resale. Tickets can be found on Stubhub and similar sites.
10 Hotels Close to When We Were Young Festival
While several VIP bundles include tickets and deluxe services — including nightclub access and club concierges — staying close to the grounds makes for much easier Las Vegas Strip transportation. Check out hotels close to the event grounds, and purchase hotel rooms prior to summer to get the best options.
SAHARA Las Vegas
As the most walkable choice, SAHARA LAs Vegas has the fun, trendy accommodations for festival guests. Simply walk ten minutes up Sahara Avenue to find the grounds off this north Strip hotel.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
It’ll be a great day to see Green Day when staying at The STRAT. One of the cheap Vegas Strip hotels has another perk; a bird’s-eye view of the festival from the 360-degree Observation Deck.
Resorts World Las Vegas (three hotels)
Luxury fans of yesteryear’s favorites will enjoy the good life before listening to Good Charlotte. The three hotels that make up the collection — Crockfords, Conrad and Hilton — are a little more than half a mile away.
Hilton Grand Vacations (two locations)
We advise you to Michelle Branch out and snag a stay at an upscale Hilton property. Two Hilton Grand Vacations live near the Strip, one on the Boulevard and one on Paradise Road, each located about a quarter mile from the grounds.
Make a simple plan to see Simple Plan. Renaissance Hotel is about a mile away from the fans and the bands, so it’s a longer walk. However, free parking and an outdoor pool make up for the distance. Renting a car in Vegas is a smart move for anyone looking to explore outside the Strip and see other sights, like the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign or Red Rock Canyon.
Residence Inn by Marriott
This homey stay has all of the necessities, including upscale rooms, kitchenettes and a close location to the festival. Note: this hotel is near the convention center and the Vegas Monorail.
The real heroes are the ones that book this hotel to see Gym Class Heroes. Located half a mile from the fun, Springhill Suites has a pool to entertain The Offspring before the acts come on later in the day.
More When We Were Young Festival Information
Rent a locker. Store your stuff inside a locker while walking around the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Reserve a When We Were Young locker soon.
Dress warm. Nights get extremely cold in Nevada. Nobody can go wrong with long pants, a good jacket and walking shoes that will last for hours — or some black combat boots for a bold, totally appropriate look.
Stay up to date. Follow the official When We Were Young Instagram page for updates, alongside the website and local Vegas news outlets.
Frequently Asked Questions About When We Were Young Festival
How many people will attend When We Were Young?
Over 80,000 people traveled from all over to enjoy the festival last October, and it’s realistic to expect similar numbers in 2023.
Is the When We Were Young festival one day?
This year’s When We Were Young festival will run two days, on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, 2023. After last year’s delay with the winds cut the fun one day short, the committees are preparing to accommodate the crowds. Bands will play the exact same lineup on the second day of this fall festival.
How long is When We Were Young?
Two days and several hours of performances will make up When We Were Young 2023. An additional date was added after tickets sold out in February.
Is When We Were Young festival sold out?
GA tickets are available on resale sites like Stubhub. Some VIP bundles are still for sale on the official site, and there are some remaining tickets at time of writing.
How old do you have to be to go to When We Were Young?
Every age is welcome to attend the festival, but VIP areas are restricted to 21 and over.
Is When We Were Young a 2 day festival?
It is now. An additional date was added for October 22, for fans all over the USA to come enjoy the performances. The exact same lineup will play on said additional date. Therefore all artists — including Green Day, Rise Against, Thirty Seconds to Mars and more — will be caught across the weekend.