When We Were Young festival canceled on first day over dangerous wind gusts

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The first day of the When We Were Young festival has been canceled following a high wind warning.

According to an announcement shared on their various social media channels, festival organizers said that they had been spending the last few days getting the Las Vegas Festival Grounds ready for a windy day.

However, after the National Weather Service upgraded their forecast to a “High Wind Warning,” they deemed it fit to cancel today’s performances.

“The safety of our fans, artists and staff will always be our top priority,” the announcement read.

“We were equally as excited and are devastated to have to share this news.”

Organizers further noted that ticketholders will be getting a refund — and that the shows on Oct. 23 and Oct. 29 “are moving forward accordingly.”

The announcement was met with mixed emotions as some people applauded the decision and others were upset they had traveled so far for nothing.

“Thank you for putting safety first, and sorry in advance for all the awful replies. People are obviously emotional & venting – this is tough – but we know you obviously didn’t wanna have to make this call. They don’t recognize how much $$$ you’re eating for putting safety first,” one person tweeted.

“Wind advisories are just the predictions of how bad the weather might be. They didnt know the [sic] winds would be THIS bad. I’d rather be safe from getting hurt today. Don’t put the full blame on the org when they cant control the winds. They’ll come up with another solution, im sure,” a second wrote.

However, others had issues with how late the announcement was done, with one person tweeting, “You could have posted this last night this is insane.”

A second one added, “They bailed on us within an hour of the show. No warnings no nothing. We were literally booking a ride to the show and had to cancel. Unprofessional of wwwy.”

“What are you going to do for those who took off work during a busy weekend, spent money on hotels, and also money on plane tickets?” a third one asked.

Earlier this year, Live Nation announced a celebration of emo music, bringing together iconic bands like My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, Bright Eyes, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Alkaline Trio and AFI.

The event was presented by Live Nation and their Texas-based subsidiary C3 Presents — the same companies behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival fiasco in Houston, as well as Lollapalooza in Chicago and Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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