Emo rock band Hawthorne Heights is launching a new music festival.
The California Is For Lovers Festival is scheduled to take place Aug. 26 at oak Canyon Park in Orange, CA. Oak Canyon Park is located at 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road in Silverado, CA. The brand-new festival, which is one of eight “Is For Lovers” festival dates nationwide, will feature performances from bands, such as Sleeping With Sirens, Bayside, Atreyu, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and of course Hawthorne Heights.
Tickets are available now here. Tickets for the all-ages festival start at $79 plus fees. The festival is scheduled to run from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 26.
Hawthorne Heights front man JT Woodruff talked about the new festival date during a recent interview.
“It’s easy to choose Orange County, California as one of our favorite places in the entire world,” Woodruff said. “The OC epitomizes California culture for us that live in the Midwest. Some of the best fans of any genre flock from all over the world to what seems like another dimension, just to experience a punk/emo/hardcore show in Orange County, and that’s exactly why it’s for Lovers.”
Woodruff continued, “The weather, the people, the culture, and the topography are what our festival is all about. We are trying to take your favorite memories of your favorite bands, in our favorite locations and create a world that you never want to leave. It starts with having top tier artists, and we are extremely excited to have such an amazing music lineup for California Is For Lovers in its first year. We, as Hawthorne Heights, are simply trying to be curators and good stewards for the music scene we have been a part of for nearly two decades. All of the sleepless nights are worth it when you see the smiles from people who have grown up on this music, and are now raising their kids on it.”
He concluded, “We are planning several onsite activations that allow fans to have fun, help local charities, and take a break from the stress in their lives. As you step into our time capsule, you can ‘MySpace Your Face’ at a make-up tent while watching punks getting soaked in the dunk tank, as you hear the soundtrack of your childhood fill the wonderful landscape of Orange County. What may seem steeped in nostalgia is really just a snapshot of who you have grown to be in 2023. See you in the park!”
The full list of “Is For Lovers Festival” dates is as follows:
June 24 – Lake Tahoe Is For Lovers – Outdoor Arena at Harveys
July 21 – Utah Is For Lovers – Granary Live
July 22 – Colorado Is For Lovers – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 29 – OBX Is For Lovers – Roanoke Island Festival Park
August 19 & 20 – Iowa Is For Lovers – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
August 26 – California Is For Lovers – Oak Canyon Park
September 9 – Ohio Is For Lovers – PNC at Riverbend Amphitheatre
September 10 – Tennessee Is For Lovers – The Caverns
September 17 – Massachusetts Is For Lovers – Xfinity Center
More information on the upcoming California Is For Lovers Festival is available at https://www.isforloversfestival.com/california.
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