Hi everyone. I've tried to post this blog many times, so I hope you sit back amd enjoy the experience that is Warped Tour. Thank you.
Welcome to another year of good times in the sun, with some hard tunes and a whole lot of moshing, or dancing, which ever you prefer.
This year, my year didn’t start off the way I would have liked, and that’s not even talking about the tour. I’m talking about my ride there. So I waited for the bus to take me downtown Toronto to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, where it was held for it’s second year in a row, and the bus driver tells me I’ve waited on the wrong side. Great, now I have to wait for the next bus. When this bus shows up, the driver tells me that bus doesn’t run this early. GO FIGURE! I was not a happy camper. I had to take a bus to another station to get downtown. Luckily it just happened that the bus was there when I got there. There went an hour of my travel time. Good thing I left at 7. Getting the Toronto bus to the venue was easy, following the crowd and I was there.
I got to the venue around 10:20a.m so it was only a 45-minute wait before they let us in. That was just the beginning of the waiting. One they let us in, it was a mad dash to get one of those paper schedules for two bucks. Everyone wanted one, and only one guy there. Poor guy. I got a free banana Popsicle while I waited which made the wait a little better. Once I got there, got my schedule I was set.
I always find that the bands I want to see always play later in the day. It has happened that way every year I’ve gone. So I did a walk around the venue. It’s always a good idea to know where everything is.
I checked out the main stages and over at the Kia Forta Stage The Black Dahlia Murder was playing. I don’t know who they are, so I made a little detour and decided to check out the Sleeping With Sirens tent, bought their new album, there t-shirts were too expensive for me. $25.
I bounced around over to the Spotify Stage where a band called MC Lars, I’m not even sure I can call him a band, he’s like one dude who plays music off his laptop. Not to make it sound like it was boring, because he was a whole lot of fun. I enjoyed watching his whole set pretty much. He got kids up on stage, all who were hilarious in their own ways, one guy started twerking, I’m not even lying because I kind of wish I was. It was just a lot of fun to be in the small crowd.
The kids on stage.
Then at 12:30 I was back over at the main stage catching a glimpse of Sliverstein’s set. I’m not really a fan, but it was funny because the lead singer was like, “if it wasn’t so cloudy, I could see my apartment from here.” Yes, Canadian artists!
Right after them on the stage beside the Kia Soul Stage, the Kia Forte Stage, The Wonder Years began to play. I ran into Amanda, I don’t remember her Buzznet name, I’m not sure if she’s on Buzznet anymore, but I haven’t seen her since I think last year’s Warped Tour. We talked for five minutes then went our separate ways.
Then I went up to the front, and I’m going to tell you the key to getting up close and personal with your fave artists at Warped Tour, if you haven’t already figured it out. You get there while the band before them is playing, when that band is done, the crowd will leave, that’s your chance to get up to the front to wait. & I did just that waiting for Never Shout Never. I listened to the Wonder Years play and they played Don’t Let Me Cave In, I love that song, and it’s the only song I know by them!
As soon as they were down it became time for Never Shout Never. And just as a side note, I want to mention that every single girl around me had pink dyed hair. I want to dye my hair now. He came out talking like a hillbilly, as if that’s how we talk here.
He opened up with Piggy Bank, then Trouble, and a couple of his newer songs that I don’t know. Then he started talking about a dream he had where Elvis Presley came to him and told him he needed to write a twelve bar blues song, and so he began playing Homesick Blues. Then, and this part gets good, someone threw an envelop on stage. Everyone chants: read it, read it! So he opens in up to find a joint. He was so happy about that. Then there was a card. He goes “should I read it in front of the whole class?” So he proceeds to open it and reads “We don’t know what to say, and we still don’t” he laughs “but we should sesh sometime, because sharing is caring” (it was something along those lines). He folds the card up, and tells the girl “of course babe, after, after” I made my own side comment that we should all just have a giant sesh party, I would not mind. He played another song I didn’t know, as well as On The Brightside.
He had some ukulele issues so he played cheatercheaterbestfriendeater while dancing around with the audience. He ended his set with What Is Love, and it was a great show.
As the crowd dispersed, I had no idea where I was going. I’m pretty sure this happened every time a band finished playing.
To my left Black Veil Brides started to play. I went over to take a couple photos, and then I left because I’m not much a fan of theirs, and I don’t know their music.
I went to find the Tiily Tent for Never Shout Never’s signing at 2:45, but well I walked around the venue twice or so, and I couldn’t find it so I ended up back at the Kia Forte Stage where BVB were playing Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. I enjoyed that because I knew that song! Then I was searching for the tent again but I couldn’t find it, so I gave up. In my search for this tent, it started to pour. My dad had texted me to ask me how it was, and he told me it was pouring at his work. Not minutes later it started to rain where I was.
They had this stage that was in the sand, the Insidious Kevin Says Stage, where I stood with my umbrella watching Die Mannequin played Bad Medicine, ironically that’s the only song I know by them, and they just happened to be playing it!
It was on and off for a while & I didn’t know whether to keep my umbrella open or closed! After the rainstorm had cleared a little I stood in line for food. This year I was only in line maybe 10 minutes for a slice of pizza, yeah! The slice was a little cheaper & a little smaller, but that was fine by me. I found a stop to sit by the Spotify Stage where Five Knives were playing.
They were interesting. I didn’t stay for long. I went back over to the Tilly’s Stage (that I could find) to catch the end of The Story So Far.
After they finished playing, right next to them on the Domo Stage Rdgldgrn started to plat. I got close to the Tilly Stage to wait for Go Radio.
Rdgldgrn were pretty cool. I had my umbrella out because by this time it was just pouring buckets. This one girl kept coming under my umbrella to check her phone. Then Go Radio came out. I saw them 2 years ago at Warped, and this time I didn’t know anything they were playing, but the guitarist was so much fun to take photos of.
I stayed for the first three songs, then left to go back to the main stage. Everyone kept running into my umbrella to I ended up just closing it and getting drenched. Everyone who had coloured hair their dye just ran all over the place, oh m
Back at the Kia Forte Stage Sleeping With Sirens were about to come on. I got there too late to get a good spot, so I never got to actually see them, despite the pictures I took. I kind of just threw my hands up there & hoped I got a shot of them. These two girls were going around screaming at people to get rid of their umbrellas because, who wants an umbrella in a big ass crowd where there is no room?
Keilln Quin came out and shouted “everyone with an umbrella better put them away, if I’m getting wet, you will too” Bye bye went the umbrellas. They started off with James Dean & Audrey Hepburn. Then he started talking about fathers and us in the crowd being future parents, and how we’ll be there for our kids. That was when he started to play A Trophy Father’s Trophy Son.
He then asked where all his Toronto girls were, obviously we screamed. He asked us if we were wet, we screamed again, then he says: “well let’s see if we can make you a little wetter” and everyone started to scream as he started to sing Roger Rabbit. The crowd got so mellow, and chill. Right after he asked where all his Toronto dudes were. They yelled, and he told them this was for them, Tally It Up, Settle the Score. They also played Congratulations, where everyone went crazy, but not as crazy as the last song, If You Can’t Hang. That was my favourite moment of Warped Tour this year I think. Everyone just went ape shit, I screamed so hard I thought I was going to throw up, oh it was so much fun.
After their set, which felt so short compared to any other band I went to see that day, I took a breather at the back of the crowd for Reel Big Fish. I think they are my new favourite band. They had a trombone player, as well as a trumpet & saxophone, it was freakin’ awesome! Their songs were so upbeat, though kind of mean, but everyone was just dancing. They started playing Call Me Maybe, and Take On Me. They were a lot of fun; I didn’t want them to stop playing
Well obviously they had to end, and Bring Me The Horizon came on the stage to the left. They played their set; it felt like forever since I’m not a fan. I took some photos anyways.
Then 3OH!3 came on, and it became a party.
Everyone was dancing. They played, though I can’t remember in the exact order, Punkb*Tch, Chokechain, Im Not Your Boyfriend Baby, Richman, Starstrukk, My First Kiss,Touchin’ On My, a couple new songs, and they ended with Don’t Trust Me. Everyone was dancing. I had this really hot guy in front of me, and I just couldn’t dance, he was making me nervous, but I ended up moving, I think he ended up behind me!
He was shaking his hips like Helen Keller. OMG 8D
Then Chiodos came on, I was close, but I ended up going to look for a garbage can! I came back, and Craig Owens was playing a Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows song, The Only Thing You Talk About. I went running into the crowd screaming the lyrics. I felt like I was the only one around me who knew the words. Then the band played all Chiodos songs. I watched from the side, the keyboardist was so aggressive it was funny.
I ended up staying where I was when they finished. August Burns Red started playing on the stage beside it, and they had beach balls it looked like so much fun!
That felt like their set went on forever as well. Everyone had formed a crowd around me, getting ready to see The Used.
It was then time for the Used. The stage had a bunch of people with ski masks on. Then Bert McCrackin came out wearing a bright pink ski mask, to match his shirt & his hair.
I thought this set would be so much fun, but they played songs I didn’t know. Some I knew like, All That I’ve Got (I was 13 all over again), Take It Away, Listening. I had this girl who was on this acid trip holy shit, she had a hard time keeping herself standing, and she was “dancing” with her arms all in my face, and when she went to jump, she jumped right on an angle onto my foot. It hurt. I’m glad I got away from her. They played Pretty Handsome Awkward last & that was a lot of fun.
Overall, it was another fun experience this year. This year I spent more time listening to new music, and just chilling out. This is also the first year I didn’t meet anyone. I’m not sad about it, just saying it.
If you’re going to Warped Tour, I hope you have a great time, and have the best day ever! :D
You can also check out my galleries (if you haven't already):
Never Shout Never
Sleeping With Sirens