Hayley Williams Reflects On When We Were Young Festival
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 08: Hayley Williams of Paramore performs during the 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)

The inaugural When We Were Young Festival took place over the weekend – well, half of it did – and it led Paramore’s Hayley Williams to reflect on things.

In an open letter posted ahead of the band’s headlining set on Sunday, Williams wrote “I’m celebrating the fact that, as a scene, we’ve come a long way“.

She added “Tonight, for me at least, is about celebrating all the facets of what punk music actually represents. All the things it wasn’t allowed to be when we were young.

The festival debuted Sunday after Saturday’s events were canceled due to high winds.  A third date will take place this Saturday, Oct. 29th.

What are your thoughts on how far the punk scene has come in the last 20 years?  Will we see more ‘copycat’ festivals like WWWY?

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