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Elder Emos assemble. It’s our time to shine. 

Close your eyes and picture it; blazing sun. A mixed scent of beer, smoke, sweat, and weed. A sea of black shirts topped by rainbow hair surrounds you. Then, the first notes from your favorite band start to play from the stage. 

If you think I’m describing Warped Tour, you’d be wrong. I’m actually describing what it’s going to be like to see our Lords and Saviors My Chemical Romance perform at ‘When We Were Young’ in Las Vegas. 

‘When We Were Young’ is a music festival based in Las Vegas, Nevada that, according to an internet comb, has its inaugural year in 2017. And after? Nothing. But the year they hosted boasted an incredible lineup for those into a more alternative music scene. 

The stages were named after Bowie songs, the perfect little inside nod to any music fan. The name of the music festival itself is likely a nod to one the greatest songs The Killers ever wrote. That makes perfect sense. It’s the perfect song for that feeling of present invincibility when young mixed with nostalgia or saudade for what could have been. 

The lineup is a pipe dream. It looks more like a dream line-up collage on Tumblr than anything real. As a matter of fact, I myself thought it was a scam upon first look. My Chemical Romance and Paramore will headline. They will be backed by Taking Back Sunday, Bring Me the Horizon, PIerce the Veil, AFI, The Used, Dance Gavin Dance, Avril Levine – and so many more. If they were in your locker between 2006 and 2016, they’ll be there. I’m not making this up. Trust me. 

Unlike last time, the festival will not be held in California but Nevada. This is excellent news for anyone traveling from out-of-state, seeing how much more affordable food, transport and lodging is in Nevada. 

General admission tickets start at $224.99, with everything else only increasing in prices from there. There’s even a ticket and hotel combo package for the out-of-towners. Presale for the tickets THIS FRIDAY (Jan. 21) at 10 a.m. Then at 2 p.m. it’s free for all. Lucky for you, there is a payment plan option. 

So let’s say you want to go but happen to, oh I don’t know, live in Texas. What steps should you take?

  1. Sign up for the presale 

People seem to be very excited all across the nation for theis lineup. I have a feeling you don’t stand too much of a chance of getting a ticket if you’re not ready with your credit card at 10:01 sharp.

a. Put it on a CREDIT Card

I know you’ve been warned of credit cards, but LISTEN; this purchase is a great opportunity to build credit. Paying off the card responsibly will hurt your wallet a lot less in the long run than blowing half your paycheck on tickets right now. Also, credit cards offer you protections your debit card does not. Do it.

b. Opt for the layaway plan

If you still don’t want to use your credit card but also don’t want to financially cripple yourself, select the layaway plan at checkout. Just make sure there’s always money on the source of payment you choose, as Live Nation will be charging each installment automatically after your payment. 

  1. Book lodging NOW

You’re not going to be the only one coming in from out of state. AirBnB is the cheapest option. Book it now, before all the affordable ones are gone. If you have more expensive tastes, book your room now anyway. There is no guarantee you’ll get good lodging the day of. Also bear in mind that the closer you are to the festival grounds, the cheaper your Ubers/Lyfts will be. Most places allow you to cancel up to the day before your reservation for a full refund, so there’s no need to fear losing money if the trip doesn’t work out.

  1. Put a Google alert on Vegas flights 

Flight prices fluctuate like crazy. Set aside a budget and wait for Google to alert you of the perfect price drop. You’re guaranteed to get a flight on the cheap, as long as you don’t wait til a month or two before the date of your trip. 

Well gang, I hope I’ve helped you with your plans to travel to Vegas to see the emo idols of your dreams. See you there.

@cynthia_zelaya _ | Executive Editor 2022-2023 | Assistant Editor 2021-2022

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