Emo giants Hawthorne Heights have expanded their Is For Lovers Festival to eight states for 2023, spanning the whole summer, with the first fest April 29 in Hawaii, and the last September 17 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Hawthorne Heights vocalist and festival co-curator JT Woodruff says:
“In year one, we got to go to a few of our favorite cities, with bands that are our friends, and some bands that we simply love. We want to give fans an inclusionary place to go that features a wide variety of bands from all walks of life, and we want to do it with a smile on our face because we have chosen to work with people who we love and respect. The most important part for us is to make sure that the fan experience is equal to the band experience. We just want everyone to have fun, and have an easy day together.”
Artists, which vary from location to location, include Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Alkaline Trio, The Story So Far, 3OH!3, Bayside, Underoath, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Thursday, and more. See below for line-ups by location.
Is For Lovers Festival also makes a point of incorporating local businesses, both via the food options on-site but also featuring an adjacent marketplace and activities area showcasing local makers and creators. There will be onsite activations designed to give the fans a fun and unique way to enjoy their time in between seeing their favorite artists. Back for the second year will be a coffee booth, which is partnered with a local coffee shop, and helped run by the band.
“I had a lot of fun masquerading as a barista last year and serving Hawthorne Heights-themed drinks like ‘Oat-Hio is for Lovers,’ which was a crowd pleaser… so why not run it back?”
Tickets for all dates are on sale now, with VIP options also available. Visit isforloversfestival.com for additional info and ticketing links.
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Is For Lovers Festival line-ups:
“Hawaii Is For Lovers”: Bayside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Hawthorne Heights, and Emery
“OBX Is For Lovers”: Thrice, Bayside, Hawthorne Heights, 3OH!3, Four Year Strong, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, and Frontside.
“Iowa Is For Lovers”: The Story So Far, Thrice, Bayside, Mayday Parade, Silverstein, Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, The Forecast, and Proper.
“Ohio Is For Lovers”: Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio, Underoath, State Champs, Saosin, Hawthorne Heights, The Starting Line, Relient K, KennyHoopla, Four Year Strong, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, Motherfolk, The Missed, Sign Language, Slutbomb, Skye Wallace, Proper., Nox Novacula, Knavery, Life In Idle, Xanny Stars, and Lost Henry.
“Tennessee Is For Lovers”: Underoath, Bayside, Mayday Parade, Thursday, State Champs, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, Winona Fighter, Proper., Khamsin, Skye Wallace, and a special acoustic performance by Hawthorne Heights in The Cave.
Line-ups for “Colorado Is For Lovers,” “Lake Tahoe Is For Lovers,” and “Massachusetts Is For Lovers” will be revealed soon.
Images courtesy of Hawthorne Heights/Courtney Kiara Boyer