Taking Back Sunday Set To Headline 2023 Sad Summer Festival

The rolling, 16-date trek opens at Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FLA, on July 6.

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Sad Summer Festival 2023 Presented by Journeys and Converse will make its fourth trek across the US this summer for a total of 16 national shows produced by Live Nation. This summer’s lineup, headlined by Taking Back Sunday features daily sets from some of the tour’s returning veterans as well as marks the debut of other artists to the tour.

With the resurgence of the emo music scene, fans have come to rely on the Sad Summer Fest lineup to provide their seasonal dose of live music from their favorite artists, and the Sad Summer team has been more than happy to provide the space for that.

The event’s management team said in a statement: “We are very proud to have made it to year FOUR of Sad Summer. We believe the bill this year will take the tour and experience to a new level. Thanks to all of our loyal fans who have helped grow this brand with us; we see you.”

Making their Sad Summer Festival debut, Taking Back Sunday is set to headline this year’s festival in its entirety. John Nolan said: “We’re very excited to get back on the road. It’s going to be great spending the summer playing shows with old friends and making new ones. Most of all, we can not wait to start playing these new songs for everyone!”

The Maine will make their return to Sad Summer Fest – having been a part of two previous summers – including the inaugural year of the fest back in 2019. John O’Callaghan of The Maine says: “For some reason the past year has felt like one long winter to me. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the hibernation, but I think it’s time my body absorbed some vitamin D and my ears devoured some Taking Back Sunday. And the very best place for both of those things will be at Sad Summer ’23. So crawl out of that cave, apply the zinc oxide and let’s f_king rip.”

The Sad Summer Fest 2023 daily lineup is completed by the likes of Hot Mulligan, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, Daisy Grenade, Sincere Engineer and Cliffdiver. The festival is excited to welcome special guests LS Dunes, Head Automatica, Motion City Soundtrack and Andrew McMahon on select dates.

Sad Summer Fest 2023 presented by Journeys & Converse tours across the US with shows from July 6 through July 29. Fans can purchase tickets during the public on sale beginning Friday, January 27 at 10am local time by visiting the event’s official website.

July 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
July 7 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park
July 8 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
July 11 – Portsmouth, VA – Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
July 12 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
July 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann
July 16 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
July 18 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 19 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 22 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
July 23 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
July 25 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 26 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
July 29 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre.

Listen to the best of Taking Back Sunday on Apple Music and Spotify.



  1. Sara

    January 27, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Best lineup Sad Summer’s had the past few years!! Can’t wait!

  2. Duda Klein

    January 31, 2023 at 4:02 am

    I wish I could go just to see The Maine!

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