‘We did everything we could:’ All-American Rejects is hosting a free pop-up show for all ages instead of the canceled festival on Saturday

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — In a devastating blow to tens of thousands of music fans, the first day of one of the most highly anticipated music festivals in recent memory was canceled on Saturday due to high winds: When We Were Young.

With the way the lineup was structured, many people were day ticket holders. Unfortunately, that meant Saturday ticket holders were left with no event to attend. But all was not lost.

Some bands on the lineup have held last-minute pop-up shows: like The All-American Rejects, who pulled off a free, all-ages show in front of hundreds in the Arts District.

The All-American Rejects were the first to announce a last-minute pop-up performance at the festival plaza on Twitter. Shortly after the festival was canceled, they tweeted that they would be performing at Soul Belly BBQ on Main Street in the Las Vegas Arts District.

Frontman Tyson Ritter spoke with FOX5 during the event and told Us he was concerned Friday night that the festival might be canceled after reviewing the forecast. At that time, he said he started making plans with the venue owner for the pop-up show.

“It sucks for anyone who’s come from a different country, anyone who’s been looking forward to this for a year, but it’s not our fault. And uh, we’ve done everything we can to try to ‘love, you know, band-aid like this corroded artery,’ Ritter said.

A fan told us she was grateful the band did this after being devastated by the news of the cancellation.

“I was like, ‘Well, that’s it. I guess I’m going to go home, not seeing anyone. I almost cried. So that was – I’m so thankful they did that , I feel like they really care about their fans. It’s just… I love you All-American Rejects! said When We Were ticket holder Anna Staples Saturday Young.

Ritter said it meant a lot to him to be able to shine a light on the Arts District.

“I think what we can do to compensate for that is like a gift. To be able to come to downtown Las Vegas – the real Las Vegas – and to be able to show people that there is an arts district, there is a working class who believe in what they do, they love their city and it’s not just fueled by tourism, there’s a soul to Soul Belly and everywhere around it,” Ritter said.

Staples said she enjoyed the show.

“It was probably actually one of the best shows of my life. Hyper intimate. It’s the closest I think I’ve ever been to performing. I’m so happy right now,” Staples said.

Other bands from the festival lineup performed pop-up shows at area casinos as stunned attendees searched for a place to go. The Palms Hotel and Casino hosted Bring Me The Horizon, another poster group. Lines of people snuck into the casino as people tried to get inside the Pearl Theater to see their performance.

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