When We Were Young 2022 – all the action from the pop-punk festival in nostalgic photos

Catch up with all the live and backstage action from the festival with exclusive pics by NME photographer Jenn Five

Following a last-minute cancellation of its first day due to a wind advisory, and speculation that the line-up was too good to be true, the highly-anticipated emo and pop-punk festival, When We Were Young finally held its inaugural event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The “epic line-up of emo and rock bands from the past two decades” came to fruition this past Sunday, October 23, with My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon and more taking the stage.

If you missed out on the nostalgia, don’t worry. NME’s photographer Jenn Five was on hand to capture all the live action and grab some of the day’s biggest and best acts for some exclusive backstage portraits. Here’s your all-access pass to When We Were Young.

The Linda Lindas

The Linda Linda Lindas
The Linda Linda Lindas CREDIT: Jenn Five

We got cosy backstage with young punk rock rebels The Linda Lindas.

HUDDY

Huddy
Huddy CREDIT: Jenn Five

Huddy
Huddy CREDIT: Jenn Five

Huddy
Huddy CREDIT: Jenn Five

We watched TikTok superstar HUDDY bring his punk rock prowess from the screen to the stage.

JXDN

JXDN
JXDN CREDIT: Jenn Five

JXDN
JXDN CREDIT: Jenn Five

JXDN
JXDN CREDIT: Jenn Five

Speaking of new generations of pop-punk, Jxdn serenaded the crowd with viral emo-rap hits.

Neck Deep

Neck Deep
Neck Deep CREDIT: Jenn Five

We took a moment with Neck Deep behind the scenes before they hopped on stage.

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale CREDIT: Jenn Five

Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale CREDIT: Jenn Five

Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale CREDIT: Jenn Five

Palaye Royale showed us how to look the part and bring the energy, both backstage and in front of the crowd.

PVRIS

PVRIS
PVRIS CREDIT: Jenn Five

We got some alone time with PVRIS before she took the stage and gave fans a first listen of her new track ‘Animal’.

Motionless In White

Motionless In White
Motionless In White CREDIT: Jenn Five

Pennsylvania heavy metal outfit, Motionless In White gave a dark and gritty performance once the sun went down.

Royal & The Serpent

Royal & The Serpent
Royal & The Serpent CREDIT: Jenn Five

Royal & The Serpent fulfilled our hot pink neon dreams before bringing her pop-punk hits to the When We Were Young stage.

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil
Pierce The Veil CREDIT: Jenn Five

Pierce The Veil took a moment to relax before heating up the desert with their performance.

Story Of The Year

Story Of The Year
Story Of The Year CREDIT: Jenn Five

Story Of The Year showed us a full range of emotions as we snapped a sunny pic of them backstage.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World CREDIT: Jenn Five

Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World CREDIT: Jenn Five

Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World CREDIT: Jenn Five

Jimmy Eat World gave us live renditions of ‘Sweetness’ and ‘In The Middle’ and we definitely sang along to every word.

Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard Confessional CREDIT: Jenn Five

Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard Confessional CREDIT: Jenn Five

Dashboard Confessional helped us time travel with their hits ‘Screaming Infidelities’ and ‘Vindicated’.

Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects

Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects
Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects CREDIT: Jenn Five

Tyson Ritter of The All-American Rejects came to the rescue with a free show for fans following the cancellation of When We Were Young’s first day and we got a candid moment with the alt-rock hero backstage.

The Used

The Used
The Used CREDIT: Jenn Five

We ran into The Used next to their tour bus before their set, and they were already leaning into the punk energy they were about to bring to the stage.

AFI

AFI
AFI CREDIT: Jenn Five

AFI
AFI CREDIT: Jenn Five

AFI
AFI CREDIT: Jenn Five

AFI not only played their hits but also a gravity-defying rock performance.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice CREDIT: Jenn Five

Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice CREDIT: Jenn Five

Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice CREDIT: Jenn Five

Wolf Alice played a dynamic set before the sun went down, warming up the pop-punk crowd.

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon CREDIT: Jenn Five

Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon CREDIT: Jenn Five

Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon CREDIT: Jenn Five

Bring Me The Horizon left it all on stage, even when they hopped off to spend time with fans in the front row.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne CREDIT: Jenn Five

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne CREDIT: Jenn Five

Crowned pop-punk princess, Avril Lavigne led the crowd in multiple sing-alongs of her hits, before surprising fans with a cover of future When We Were Young headliners, Blink-182‘s track ‘All The Small Things’.

Paramore

Paramore
Paramore CREDIT: Jenn Five

Paramore
Paramore CREDIT: Jenn Five

Paramore
Paramore CREDIT: Jenn Five

Paramore
Paramore CREDIT: Jenn Five

Paramore
Paramore at When Were Young Festival CREDIT: Jenn Five

Before taking the stage for their headline set, Paramore’s formidable frontwoman Hayley Williams shared a heartfelt letter with her fans and supporters. If a letter which read “Young girls, queer kids, and anybody of any color… We have shifted this scene together, messily, angrily, heartbroken, and determined” wasn’t enough to give fans goosebumps, the band giving the fest their first ever live performance of ‘All I Wanted’ definitely was.

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance CREDIT: Jenn Five

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance CREDIT: Jenn Five

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance CREDIT: Jenn Five

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance CREDIT: Jenn Five

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance CREDIT: Jenn Five

My Chemical Romance rocked elderly prosthetics during their When We Were Young set, which we assume is a nod to their legendary emo-elder status. Gerard Way and co. also brought back their ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ era outfits, sending When We Were Young’s first night off with more than a healthy dose of nostalgia.

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