Platinum selling emo legends, Hawthorne Heights, are ecstatic to announce and present the brand new, IS FOR LOVERS FESTIVAL, a multi-city experience set to make three stops in summer 2022 – Wichita, KS (August 27), Denver, CO (August 28) and Cincinnati, OH (September 10) – which features lineups carefully curated by the band themselves.

“Every single band playing is one we either grew up loving, have played alongside or simply enjoy hanging out with,” says Hawthorne Heights front man JT Woodruff. “We wanted the line up to be diverse, inclusive, and created with a simple goal: LOVE AND COMMUNITY.  We wanted the bands to feel loved, the fans to feel loved, and people of all walks of life to be represented and welcome.”

With a focus on elevating women, artists of color, and LGBTQ musicians across the lineup, all three IS FOR LOVERS FESTIVAL dates will emphasize Hawthorne Heights’ commitment to inclusivity and optimism that’s powered their career since first breaking onto the scene with the landmark 2004 album The Silence In Black And White and iconic songs “Ohio Is For Lovers,” “Saying Sorry” and “Niki FM.” In a tribute to their dear friends who’ve since passed away, the festival’s stages will be named after Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert and Bayside drummer John “Beatz” Holohan.