Millennial nostalgia alert: Avril Lavigne plays Sk8er Boi with All Time Low at When We Were Young

It wouldn’t be a celebration of noughties pop-punk without a performance of Sk8er Boi, would it?

(Left) All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth leaning into fellow member Jack Barakat at WWWY Fest. They both hold guitars. (Right) Avril Lavigne on stage holding a mic in one hand, and her other hand is held in the air. She is smiling wide at the crowd.

Images: (left) Bryan Steffy and (right) Jason Kempin / Getty

Noughties pop rock icon Avril Lavigne treated crowds at Las Vegas’ When We Were Young Festival to a performance of her hit track, Sk8er Boi, alongside All Time Low at the weekend.

Lavigne originally performed at 2022’s festival, but dropped out of its second weekend. She returned for this year’s event on Saturday 21 October as a surprise to perform with the band for two tracks.

Lavigne first rocked out to Fake As Hell, the new collaborative single which she recorded with ATL, before going into a performance of her 2002 hit single, Sk8er Boi.

The track featured on her debut album, Let Go, and saw Lavigne shoot to fame. The hit single is certified platinum in the UK and double-platinum over in the US.

When We Were Young Festival is only in its second year, and 2023’s rendition saw Green Day and Blink-182 headline the nostalgic event. In its first year, My Chemical Romance and Paramore took the two major slots. Other artists which took to the stage this year include Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds To Mars, Sum 41, Bowling For Soup, Simple Plan and many more.

The festival was originally set up to honour the peak era of emo and pop-punk music – the 2000s – and on both occasions has taken place from the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Lavigne released her most recent album, Love Sux back in February 2022, with All Time Low’s latest record, Tell Me I’m Alive having landed in March earlier this year. Their collaborative track was released on 15 September, you can stream it below:

View all of All Time Low’s forthcoming live dates via their official website.

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