California Is For Lovers Festival Initial Lineup Announced

California is for Lovers Festival USA 2023 news

The initial music lineup has been announced for the debut of Hawthorne Heights presents California Is For Lovers Festival, Saturday, August 26th at Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, CA. The SoCal event is part of a series of eight festivals curated by Hawthorne Heights this summer and will feature 16 artists on two stages. California Is For Lovers will include performances from fan favorite artists including ALKALINE TRIO, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, BAYSIDE, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, EMERY, RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, ATREYU, THURSDAY, TOUCHÉ AMORÉ and more to be announced soon.

JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights talked about the Southern California stop of Is For Lovers, noting:

“It’s easy to choose Orange County, California as one of our favorite places in the entire world. 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. 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. 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!”

Is For Lovers Festival incorporates local businesses and charities at each event, both via onsite food options and with a marketplace and activities area showcasing local makers and creators. There will be onsite activations designed to give fans a fun and unique way to enjoy their time in between seeing their favorite artists.

When JT and the Hawthorne Heights fellas reached out and we started talking about bringing Is For Lovers to California, we were so stoked! It’s such a rad concept and one that frankly we’re honored to be part of. This lineup is incredible, and it’s been really great to see the care, attention and stewardship the band has put into this brand.

Cameron Collins Festival producer of Brew Ha Ha Productions

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