WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FESTIVAL: Official Lineup of Artists Announced for Inaugural Event in Las Vegas

What started as a meme created by Modern Day Escape bassist and songwriter William Wenz about hosting a festival in a Denny’s parking lot turned into reality when he created the FESTIVAL WHEN WE ARE HUNGRY alongside co-founder/director and artist manager Mal Levy.

The inaugural event will take place in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 at the 3,000 capacity Rockstar Bar – Concert On The Green. The festival will spotlight independent artists who represent a who’s who of the rock, metal, punk and emo scene past and present. 2022 lineup will include headlining performances by punk rock icons black flaglegendary new york hardcore group mad ballemo rockers Used Serenade and pop punk band every avenue over 50 bands on two outdoor stages and one indoor stage over the two days.

After each day of the festival there will be an official indoor afterparty in collaboration with Come As You Are Events with guest DJ sets and surprise performances from musicians such as Social Order, Chris Donothon (The Medic Droid), Alesana and Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere). Afterparties will be restricted to ages 21 and older and will be ticketed separately from the festival, $25 for a one-night pass or $40 for both nights. Buy a ticket for one and/or both nights HERE.

“Through the power of the internet, what started out as just a humble meme has blossomed into such a beautiful lineup of artists big and small,” says WENZ. “Defying even our own expectations, it was a joy for us and the fans to see When We Were Hungry become a delightful piece of history!”

LEVY adds, “This festival is all about bringing people together, fusing amazing legacy acts with the next generation. We literally went from a meme to a dream, and now an epic reality that is When We Were Hungry. This is our gift to you!

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Las Vegas to play When We Were Hungry at Rockstar Bar with Unwritten Law, The Dickies and more,” said Black Flag vocalist MIKE VALLELY. “We’re kicking off our 2022-23 tour at this show, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start.”

Every Avenue vocalist and pianist David Strauchman commented, “It’s an honor to be invited to play When We Were Hungry Fest and to share the stage with so many amazing artists. Every Avenue hasn’t played a gig on the West Coast since 2012, so needless to say, I’m thrilled to be asked to play these songs a decade later. The WWWH team has done an amazing job bringing together an extremely diverse lineup that fans will love. I can not wait ! It’s going to bang!”

HELLOGOODBYE singer Forrest Kline “When We Were Hungry has assembled a truly crazy and radical lineup, including the first full band hellogoodbye in Vegas in years. I can’t wait to let loose with you all!”

“Watching this killer line-up, we’re not only excited to perform in Vegas for the first time in over a decade, but we’re also salivating at the thought of sharing the stage with all of these incredible bands,” adds the Las Vegas-based. the guitarist of pop rock band THE HIGHER, Reggie Ragan. “It’s a feast worthy of Vegas.”

The WHEN WE HUNGE FESTIVAL 2022 lineup (in alphabetical order) is as follows (as of 8/3/22): 408, Across The White Water Tower, Alesana, All At Once, Along Came A Spider, Anarbor, Artificial Aliens, Beyond Unbroken, Black Flag, Cloud Construction, College Radio, Doll Skin, Dropout Kings, Every Avenue, Eyes Set To Kill, FDS, Fight From Within, HELLOGOODBYE, Hope Dies Last, Madball, Makeout, Mark Rose (Spitalfield), Mest, Mighty Vices, Modern Day Escape, Obsolete Man, Original ASD, Osatia, Outsiders, Ovtlier. Palisades, Picturesque, Rookie Of The Year, Saving Vice, SAYWECANFLY, Scarlett O’Hara, Secondhand Serenade, Sinshrift. Social Order, Spirits, The Rabbit Bear, Dead Rabbits, The Dickies, The Superior, The Medical Droid, Thirst, Tickle Me Pink, Small Moving Parts, True North, Unwritten Law, Vampires Everywhere, Violent New Breed, Shiny Voodoo Skulls, VRSTY and We Were Giants.

Single-day tickets to the WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FESTIVAL are on sale now for $80 and weekend passes are available for $150. 18+ only. Buy tickets and exclusive festival merchandise online now at www.whenwewerehungryfest.com. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a list of onsite food and merchandise vendors and charity partners.


Joseph K. Bennett