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Sad Summer Fest Announces 2024 Lineup: Celebrating Five Years of Emo Music and Community

Updated: May 6

New York, NY - February 27, 2024 - Sad Summer Festival, the beloved gathering for emo music enthusiasts, is gearing up for its 5th anniversary celebration. With an illustrious history rooted in the aftermath of the end of Vans Warped Tour, Sad Summer has evolved into a scene staple, fostering community and showcasing some of the genre's most revered acts. Today, the festival proudly unveils its lineup for 2024, promising another summer of unforgettable moments and impassioned performances.


Originally conceived in 2019 by artists and industry figures lamenting the absence of Vans Warped Tour, Sad Summer emerged as a beacon of hope for fans craving the energy and camaraderie of summer music festivals. Spearheaded by festival founders Mayday Parade and The Maine, the event quickly gained traction, serving as a vital platform for both established and emerging acts in the emo and pop-punk scene.


Reflecting on the festival's significance, Alex Garcia of Mayday Parade shares, "For most of my adult life, I've associated the summer with music festivals ... Sad Summer Festival epitomizes this experience. It also serves as a unifying force in our music scene, a place for every emo kid to gather around, connect with fellow fans, and truly be themselves."


John O'Callaghan of The Maine adds, "A lot can change in four summers ... But a constant throughout the peaks and valleys of the last four summers has been my love for playing music loudly, seeing old faces, and making new amigos."


Unlike sprawling festivals with multiple stages and countless acts, Sad Summer maintains an intimate atmosphere with a single stage and a carefully curated lineup. This deliberate choice ensures that each performer receives the spotlight they deserve while fostering a sense of unity among attendees.


Mike Maquis, Josh Terry, and Tim Kirch, the festival's co-founders, emphasize inclusivity and independence as core values. Their commitment to creating a welcoming environment has earned Sad Summer recognition as one of Pollstar's "Top Grossing Tours of 2021," with attendance nearly doubling over the past four years.


Integral to Sad Summer's ethos is its dedication to nonprofit partnerships. As the festival marks its fifth anniversary in 2024, organizers reaffirm their commitment to supporting causes championed by artists and the community. Partnerships with organizations like HeadCount, Reverb, and Calling All Crows provide fans with opportunities to engage with important social and environmental initiatives.


The 2024 lineup boasts a stellar roster of talent, with festival staples Mayday Parade and The Maine headlining alongside The Wonder Years, We The Kings, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and Daisy Grenade. Joining them on select dates are The Summer Set, Hot Milk, Diva Bleach, and Like Roses, ensuring a diverse and electrifying musical experience for attendees.


Sad Summer Festival's confirmed dates span from July 12 to August 9, with stops in cities across the United States. From Sacramento to New York City, emo music enthusiasts will have the chance to experience the magic of Sad Summer firsthand.


As anticipation builds for the festival's kickoff, fans can secure their tickets during the pre-sale beginning March 1, 2024, with general on-sale starting March 8, 2024. For more information and updates, visit SADSUMMERFEST.COM.


In an industry dominated by mega-festivals, Sad Summer Festival stands out as a testament to the enduring spirit of emo music and the power of community. As it celebrates five years of music, memories, and meaningful connections, Sad Summer Festival remains a beacon of hope for fans and artists alike, continuing to leave an indelible mark on the summer music landscape.




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