Who is ready for a spring emo festival? The Observatory in Santa Ana is hosting When We Were Young, yet another stellar festival promising to raise the spirits of the angsty masses of Orange County. It’s going down on the Observatory grounds April 8th and 9th, with respective headliners Morrissey and Descendants! To win a pair of passes to both days–click here. You must download the app and set your location in order to enter.
Whoever thought pop punk was a fad was not paying attention. When We Were Young comes after years of Taking Back Tuesday parties at The Echoplex, which in fact has taken on a life of its own as Emo Nite, a traveling dance party. But the new fest at the Observatory explores every facet of the beloved genre, with a roster including the bright indie rock of Cage the Elephant; shoegaze darlings Beach Fossils; local punk icons Tijuana Panthers; rhythmic experiment Homeshake; and classics like AFI and Taking Back Sunday, as well as many more.
This isn’t the Observatory‘s first rodeo, having hosted several festivals in the past, including most notably Beach Goth, which Thrillcall covered last year. The scale of WWWY is smaller than Beach Goth, giving it a more intimate feel than the rain-soaked mayhem that befell the latter fest last October. Set your worries aside and break out your best grunge looks; we’re all punks at When We Were Young.
Morrissey is an English singer, songwriter, and author. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band The Smiths. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Morrissey is widely credited as being a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. He has been acclaimed as one of the greatest lyricists in British history, with his lyrics having become the subject of academic study. He has courted controversy with his forthright opinions – endorsing vegetarianism and animal rights, condemning royalty and prominent politicians, and questioning issues of British national and cultural identity.
The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California. The original band consisted of guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson. In 1980, they enlisted Stevenson’s school friend Milo Aukerman as a singer. They reappeared as a punk rock band, becoming a major player in the hardcore punk scene developing in Los Angeles at the time. The Descendents have been cited as hugely influential to a large number of modern-day pop punk and skate punk bands such as: Blink-182, NOFX, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Pennywise, Rise Against, All-American Rejects, and many others.