Vans Warped Tour has twenty-one stops left before everyone can take a nice, long shower. The tour hit Charlotte on July 7, and brought with it over ninety bands. It will be cruising through the New England states, pop into Canada and finally make way toward the West coast and the UK for the final stops. Fans of the headlining bands and live-music festivals all flocked to the PNC Music Pavilion for bands like Miss May I, August Burns Red, NeverShoutNever and Memphis May Fire.
Heard Through The Crowd:
“Can I speak with you a moment [about Hare Krishna]?” – before the show in the parking lot
“Yea he just loves Riff Raff, I mean it’s whatever, I just don’t get him.” – somewhere near the slip-n-slide
“No, just stop, I have to go — to the first aid.” – on the way to first aid
“I love you so much.” — “I love YOU so much.” — “I love you more…” – two teens propped up against a super-romantic trashcan
“Ma’am — Ma’am! You can’t sit there.” — “Can I sit HERE?!” — “Ma’am… Please move!” – outside of the first aid tent
“Free CDs!” – after the show on the way out
My first Warped experience wasn’t during ‘the good ol’ days’ with NoFX, Mushroomhead and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold headlined in 2005 during MY prime in high school. I thought that I knew it all, but since then every aspect of my personality has changed, and broadened. Vans Warped Tour has done the same, including genres which span from metalcore, pop pop, electronica, stand-up comedy and acoustic.
Nearly every band that we talked to had new releases, all within a week of each other. Some bands are only selling them at Warped Tour stops, so be wary. There were many Warped exclusives and discounts that are still available if the tour hasn’t come through your town. Needless-to-say, these bands are taking advantage of the tour to gain more exposure for these releases, with new merch to go with them. Their sets included new tunes, old favorites and cover songs like “Seven Nation Army,” at one point.
Girl vomits Monster (presumably) all over the barricades
Older couple in Church-attire waits on a bench for hours
A rise in people taking selfies while crowd-surfing
A concurrent rise in Lost Phone claims
Less smoking teens
Matty Mullins wears flannel and jeans without heat-stroke
Bodies covered in tattoos (or band autographs)
Less attendees, more parental guidance
Less big names, more huge talent
Photo by: Molly Shores
Just like years ago, when I traversed the Warped stages and passed through crowds, I discovered at least ten bands to jot down and listen to later. For a chance to hear a band, see their faces, meet them at a signing and fall in love (all within an hour), the ticket prices are more than worth it. I imagine that, even if you hate many of the bands/genres on the bill, with such variety to rag on from the back of the crowd, it’s still worth the price. We didn’t see MuesProductions anywhere, but those jerks missed out.
Photo by: Molly Shores
This year was my very first experience in the photo-pit: that cozy area between performers and fans. From there I had an opportunity to see my younger self singing along and jumping in sick unison. Some bands aren’t great live; some bands sound entirely different on an open-air stage, but fans always sound great at a live show. For a moment I was almost fooled that they were cheering for me, (someone shouted “I love you!” after a song, and I shouted it right back) and I really knew why so many musicians take the risk of performing for people, with trolls everywhere and critics in the wings. Those damn fans.
Photo by:Dianna Augustine
Photo by: Dianna Augustine
Unfortunately, I missed several things, trying to get places in time: Family Force 5 gave it their all on stage, while Senses Fail and Silverstein were a mile away from me and my nostalgic love for them. Before we were even past the gates to get in, locals Falling Through April were getting on stage and Set it Off lit it up. At some point BoyMeetsWorld got attacked by ants, while dozens of people succumbed to heatstroke from lack of water and exposure to those hardcore elements. The staff held up, though, as well as the bands.
As we left, our feet throbbing from a long and musical trek, our car was like a light at the end of the tunnel. At just that moment, the final band playing was heard singing “the light at the end of the tunnel.” This was a serendipitous moment to end a kick-ass day.
Memphis May Fire by Dianna Augustine
Shutter 16 will be releasing more coverage as the Tour continues, so stay linked and come back next time for our Vans Warped Tour exclusive interviews and footage.
Some photos by Molly Shores:
Memphis May Fire
Some photos by: Dianna Augustine
Pierce The Veil
Miss May I
August Burns Red
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|JUL 19||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center||BUY|
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