All Time Low, the Maine, and The Story So Far to headline Sad Summer Fest 2020

Well, guys, it looks like this summer is about to get a whole lot sadder.

On Tuesday (Feb. 25), the people behind last year’s Sad Summer Festival announced that the traveling music festival will once again hit the North American touring circuit for its second year.

This year’s festivities will find everyone’s favorite sad boys All Time Low headlining every single day on the newly announced roster. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

“Rock n Roll summer camp just hits a little bit different when you’re with your friends,” All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth said in a press statement. “This tour is going to be something special, something we’ve all been chasing. Can’t fucking wait.”

The 18-stop excursion will include shows in Anaheim, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, and more.

Sad Summer Fest 2020 kicks off on July 17 at Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo in Sacramento and concludes a month later on Aug. 15 at The Rave in Milwaukee.

Pre-sale tickets for the summer-centric trek are currently available for purchase here using the code word SAD. General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 28, at noon ET.

The Sad Summer Fest 2020 lineup announcement comes on the heels of All Time Low announcing the forthcoming release of their eighth studio album, Wake Up, Sunshine. Due out in early April, the four-piece has already released two tracks from the 15-song record; “Some Kind of Disaster” and “Sleeping In.

Last year, the inaugural Sad Summer Festival launched to fill the void left by the Vans Warped Tour. The Maine played last year’s tour along with Mayday Parade, State Champs, The Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T., and Just Friends.

July 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo
July 18 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim – Outdoors
July 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide Event Center
July 21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
July 22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – Outside Lawn
July 24 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater
July 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
July 28 – Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE!
July 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
July 31 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
Aug. 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Aug. 2 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Aug. 5 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
Aug. 7 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
Aug. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ the Mann
Aug. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 14 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom – Outdoors
Aug. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Listen: The Maine assure fans they are not ‘Broken Parts’ in new song

With a week left until the release of their new studio album, The Maine have returned with another new song to hold fans over until then. On Friday (March 22), the Arizona-founded act shared their third single off You Are OK. Titled “Broken Parts,” the emotional new song finds the band assuring listeners that we are all broken in some way, but that doesn’t mean we cannot come back from it.

Listen to “Broken Parts” above.

“Broken Parts” joins previously released singles “My Best Habit” and “Numb without You” on their upcoming seventh studio album. You Are OK is due out next Friday, March 29, through their 8123 record label.

Pre-orders for the upcoming release can be found on the band’s website. You Are OK is the follow-up to the band’s 2017’s Lovely Little Lonely.

Earlier this week, The Maine was confirmed as one of the headliners for the inaugural Sad Summer Festival tour. Mayday Parade, the Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T., and Just Friends will round out the roster with Every Avenue, Four Year Strong, Set It Off, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Emo Nite appearing at select dates. The full tour itinerary can be found here.

Before heading out on the emo’s answer to the now-defunct Vans Warped Tour, the group will embark on several springtime outings. The first excursion will find them opening for Taking Back Sunday on their Twenty tour. The Twenty tour begins with a two-night engagement (April 16 and 17) at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and concludes with a two-night stint at the House of Blues in Las Vegas (May 4 and 5).

After a few days off, The Maine will hit the road from their own headlining tour. “The Maine Are Back on Tour & You Are OK” trek begins on May 9 at 191 Toole in Tucson and conclude a couple of weeks later on May 31 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque.

Mayday Parade, the Maine, the Wonder Years to headline inaugural Sad Summer Fest

sadsummer2019Dear Emo kids, we know the days of following Warped Tour across the country have come to an end, but that’s okay because it looks like we’ll be getting a new traveling music fest really soon. On Tuesday (March 19), the first annual Sad Summer Fest was announced. Following a week of cryptic online posts from several bands on the lineup, the event and its accompanying list were confirmed.

The cross-country event will feature performances by Mayday Parade, State Champs, the Maine, the Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T., and Just Friends. In addition to the acts mentioned above, who will play almost all the dates on the gig’s itinerary, acts like Every Avenue, Four Year Strong, Set It Off, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Emo Nite will also appear on select dates.

The impending tour will include stops in major markets such as Houston, Orlando, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, and a two-night engagement at the Masquerade in Atlanta (July 8 and 9).

Sad Summer Fest will start its summertime excursion on July 5 at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas. The trek will wrap up a month later on Aug. 3 at the City National Grove Outdoors in Anaheim.

“What could be better than being emo with your best friends in the sweet summer sun? Being emotional with your friends in the sweet summer sun at the Sad Summer Festival, that’s what,” the Maine’s John O’Callaghan said in a press release.

Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders adds: “This tour is about putting aside our differences and coming together as a community of people to enjoy music and art. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to see everyone out there.”

Limited pre-sale tickets are currently available on the traveling festival’s website with the code SAD. General ticket sales begin this Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Back in October, Every Avenue announced two reunion shows following six years on hiatus. Similarly, Forever the Sickest Kids began teasing fans of a possible return at the beginning of the year. Last year, they re-issued their debut album Underdog Alma Mater on vinyl.

For now, the full Sad Summer Fest tour itinerary can be found below.


July 5 –Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live! *#
July 6 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *#
July 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Mayday Parade, State Champs, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T.)
July 09 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (The Maine, The Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Just Friends)
July 10 –Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater %
July 12 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
July 13 –Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann Center
July 14 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Outdoors ^
July 16 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
July 17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage *
July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ StageAE
July 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor
July 21 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Festival Grounds in *$
July 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
July 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
July 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live @
July 27 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park *+
Aug. 3 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Outdoors *

@ without The Maine
* without The Wonder Years
$ Every Avenue
^ Four Year Strong
% Set It Off
# Forever the Sickest Kids
+ Emo Nite

The Maine to head ‘Back on Tour’ in May

A week after announcing plans to release a new album later this spring, the Maine have decided it’s time to head out on their own headlining tour to support the new record. On Monday (Jan. 21), the Arizona-founded band took to social media to unveil plans for a short, springtime trek.

Set to take place in May, “The Maine Are Back on Tour & You Are OK” excursion will find the group performing at venues across the country with stops in Austin, Nashville, Charleston, Richmond, Iowa City, St. Louis, and more. The 15-stop jaunt will begin on May 9 at 191 Toole in Tucson and conclude a couple of weeks later on May 31 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque.

Pennsylvania-founded five-piece Grayscale will open for the Maine throughout the excursion with the exception of four dates.

Pre-sales begin this Wednesday (Jan. 23) while general ticket sales begin this Friday (Jan. 25).

Last week, the act unleashed a brand new song titled “Numb Without You.” The new track is the first single off the Maine’s upcoming seventh studio album, You Are Ok. The record, the group’s follow-up to 2017’s Lovely Little Lonely, is due out March 29 via their 8123 record label. Pre-orders for You Are Ok are available on the band’s website.

The newly added tour dates will take place right after the quintet conclude their time on Taking Back Sunday’s Twenty tour. That tour will find the five-piece joining the Long Island-founded throughout the month of April and well into May. Those tour dates can be found here.

For now, the tour dates for “The Maine Are Back on Tour & You Are OK” excursion can be found below.


May 9 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole*
May 11 – Austin, TX – Mohawk*
May 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl
May 14 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
May 15 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
May 17 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
May 18 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend*
May 19 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe*
May 24 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
May 25 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House
May 26 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
May 28 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
May 31 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

*Grayscale not playing

The Maine announce new album ‘You Are OK,’ stream lead single

The Maine spent most the week teasing something major on social media and now it looks like the band is ready to reveal it all. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), the Arizona-founded act announced the release of their forthcoming seventh studio album. Titled You Are OK, the record is due out March 29 via their 8123 record label.

Pre-orders for the upcoming release can be found on the band’s website. You Are OK is the follow-up to the band’s 2017 release, Lovely Little Lonely.

In a statement about the new album, frontman John O’Callaghan says: “Trying to describe sound without giving you anything to listen to is an awfully tough task, so sparing the particulars of sonics I can tell you that this record is risky.

He continues: “The risk lies in its urgency, its relentlessness, and its manic mood swings. Yet even inside all the taken chances there exists a familiarity that I think will be heard once you spin it.”

While O’Callaghan does make reference to not being able to accurately describe the new record’s sound without actual music in the statement, the group has rectified that by unleashing its lead single. Titled “Numb without You,” the bop-worthy, three-and-a-half-minute track can be streamed above.

Prior to the new album announcement, the band had already confirmed several tours for 2019. The group’s 2019 touring itinerary will officially begin with a show at the Van Buren on Friday, Jan. 18, in their hometown of Phoenix. The following day (Jan. 19), the group’s annual 8123 Fest will take place with the five-piece performing their debut album, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, in full.

After several other tours around the globe, the quintet will return to the United States where they will hit the road alongside Taking Back Sunday for the latter’s Twenty tour. The Maine’s time on the Twenty tour will begin with a two-night engagement (April 16 and 17) at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and conclude with a two-night stint at the House of Blues in Las Vegas (May 4 and 5).

Tickets for the upcoming tour can be found here while the Maine’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.


Jan. 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Jan. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ 8123 Fest / 8123 Fest Afterparty

April 2 – Köln, Germany @ Gloria
April 3 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Zappa
April 4 – Paris, France @ Flow
April 5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
April 6 – London, England @ The Forum

April 16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
April 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
April 19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 20 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 24 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
April 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
April 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
May 1 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
May 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
May 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

The Maine release emotional video for “Am I Pretty?”


The Maine may be hitting the road this summer for the 2016 incarnation of the Vans Warped Tour, but just to get fans in the mood they’ve released a brand new music video. On Monday (March 28), the Arizona-based band released the music video for their track “Am I Pretty?” The video begins with emotional statements from people about their insecurities. The people’s issues include being overweight, coming out gay, living in cars as a child, being a mother at a young age, and many more.

Alongside the music video, The Maine frontman John O’Callaghan posted a letter to their fans about the song and video. Read O’Callaghan’s message below which is followed by the music video.

“You are beautiful because your eyes are different sizes and your lisp gets in between your tongue and teeth every time you try to say ‘something.’ You are beautiful because the scar under your chin looks like a spider and because you have a massive fear of heights. You are beautiful because there never has been, nor will there every be anyone else on this Earth like you. Because your flaws are like fingerprints and should be embraced just like the free will that resides inside. You are not beautiful because of the symmetry in the little squares on your telephone, you are beautiful because “you” are the only “you” this place will ever know.

-John C. O’Callaghan V.”

“Am I Pretty?” is featured on The Maine’s recently released album, American Candy.

The Maine to Perform America Candy in Full at Select Tour Dates


Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Maine wrapped up their “American Candy North American” tour with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck?

Well, technically, it’s been only been two months since their last show, but now the Arizona band have announced they will be heading back on the road once again beginning in late August. Instead of doing a straight tour, the group have revealed that there’s going to be two different tours within one; dates that are free shows and dates that they will play American Candy in full.

Thirteen of the upcoming tour dates which is set to take place between August and October, will be free shows while the other eight dates will find the group playing their recently release record in full which appears not to be free.

The tour will being on Aug. 30 at The District At Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV and will wrap up on Oct. 2 at District At Tustin Legacy in Tustin, CA.

Pay careful attention to the tour dates below because the ones in bold are the ‘The Main Presents: American Candy’ tour stops and the rest are the free tour stops.


8/30 – Henderson, NV @ The District At Green Valley Ranch
8/31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Club At 50 West
9/1 – Westminster, CO @ Orchard Town Center
9/3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
9/5 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
9/6 – Westland, MI @ Westland Shopping Center
9/7 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/11 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangersWorld
9/13 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
9/15 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
9/18 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
9/19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
9/22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/23 – Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Track
9/24 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
9/26 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
9/28 – San Diego, CA @ Quartyard
9/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
9/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
10/1 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
10/2 – Tustin, CA @ District At Tustin Legacy

The Maine Show Appreciation for the “English Girls”


The Maine gave fans big news last month when they announced that they not only had a new album coming out sometime in 2015 titled American Candy, but that they would also be taking to the road in support of said album in the Spring alongside Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and the Technicolors.

Now, the band have given those dedicated fans the chance to stream the first single off of their fifth studio album; a track titled “English Girls.”

Check out the lyric video for “English Girls” below, directly from the band.

American Candy is set to be released on March 31 independently in partnership with their management team, 8123. The band did the same thing in 2013 when they released their fourth studio album, Forever Halloween.

Pre-orders for the upcoming record are currently available on both the band’s website and iTunes.

The Maine to Release New Album, Head Out on Tour


The Maine made two big announcements over the past couple of days that have fans of the Arizona band excited for.

First, the band revealed they will be releasing a brand new album this year titled, American Candy. As of now, there is no official release date for the album, but they have unveiled that it’s due out this Spring.

As for the second piece of new, the band announced today they will be heading out on tour this Spring to coincide with the release of the new album.

The “American Candy Tour” will feature support from Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and the Technicolors for the little over a month-long tour.

The “American Candy Tour” will begin in The Maine’s hometown of Tempe, AZ on Apr. 3 at The Marquee Theater. The trek will visit many of the usual cities tours stop at across the country with a few days in Canada before wrapping up on May 16 at the Beacham in Orlando.

Pre-sales for the tour, with no fees, will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m., local time while general tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 9.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.


April 3, 2015 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre

April 4, 2015 – Anaheim, CA @ The House of Blues

April 8, 2015 – San Diego, CA @ The House of Blues

April 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

April 11, 2015 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

April 13, 2015 – Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theater

April 14, 2015 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre

April 15, 2015 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

April 17, 2015 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

April 18, 2015 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

April 20, 2015 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre

April 21, 2015 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

April 22, 2015 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

April 23, 2015 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

April 24, 2015 – Chicago, IL @ The House of Blues

April 26, 2015 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

April 28, 2015 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

April 29, 2015 – Cleveland, OH @ The House of Blues

April 30, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

May 1, 2015 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room

May 2, 2015 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

May 3, 2015 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon

May 5, 2015 – Boston, MA @ The House of Blues

May 7, 2015 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

May 9, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory

May 10, 2015 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club

May 12, 2015 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery Ballroom

May 13, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

May 14, 2015 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live

May 15, 2015 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre

May 16, 2015 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham

American Candy is the band’s first new album since the Imaginary Numbers EP which was released back in 2013. Last year, they re-released their fourth studio album, Forever Halloween with five new tracks.

The Maine Confirm New Album


The Maine have confirmed on their Facebook page earlier today that they will be releasing a brand new album titled, Forever Halloween on June 4th. For those excited for the new album, pre-sales for it will begin this coming Tuesday (April 16), along with the first single off the album “Happy.”

The band wrote:

Hello Everyone! We are very excited to announce that our fourth studio album entitled “Forever Halloween” will be released on June 4th 2013. The record will be released independently in the US in partnership with our management company Eighty One Twenty Three. 

On Tuesday, April 16th, we will be launching the pre-order for Forever Halloween as well as a brand new song called “Happy” which will be available on Itunes worldwide. 

We want to thank all of you for the on going support in our music, without you, this record would not be possible. 

John, Jared, Garrett, Kennedy and Pat