Hey guys! So you'll notice I took a break from my London photos, which I haven't finished editing yet, my gosh I'm so slow, to upload my Warped Tour photos. I hope you enjoy my fourth time at Warped Tour!
It’s that time of year again, when the Vans Warped Tour roles into town. To be honest it didn’t feel like the day was even close when it was secretly creeping up. The night before I wasn’t excited that I had to get up the next morning at 6:30 but when the alarm went off, I was more than happy to get up.
This year was the first year that I’ve gone with someone else. Every year I’ve gone by myself and it’s worked for me. I don’t have to worry about loosing anyone, or being cautious that the other person is having fun. Well I had to do that this year, and it wasn’t that bad. This year I went with my brother, it was his very first Warped Tour, and well he followed me around like a little puppy dog, he had fun overall.
We got to the Molson Amphitheatre around 9:30 and the line was already miles long, and it only continued to grow longer as the morning went by. You could see the parking lot where they park all the buses from where we were standing at one point, and the buses were just starting to pull in. Our entertainment looked like this: we watched a guy park a tour bus, we saw a taxi stop in the middle of the road right in front of a tour bus, so the bus just sat there for a good two minutes honking his horn as the person in the taxi decided if they were going to get out or not, but the best was when a tour bus was blocking most of the road, about three quarters of it and a Canada Post delivery truck decides to get by, but obviously it doesn’t fit so it’s half driving on the road, half driving on the grass, which is a hill, it almost tipped over, but damn that was a risky, yet cool move.
We didn’t start moving to get in until around 12:15 where people started to chant “let us in” and others started to chant “keep us out” everyone just didn’t want to be standing around anymore. Finally around 12:30 we were let in. The first thing I always look for is a schedule; so walking around the grounds we come across a huge line for the schedules. Turns out they’re not giving them out until 1:15. Now we were left to run around and figure out who’s playing, but with so many people everywhere it’s hard to move.
Everything was delayed because the bands were late, but that turned out to be a good thing later on in the day. So after walking back and forth around the grounds I saw someone with a schedule, it was like seeing someone with the Holy Grail or something! I butt my way into that line for one. Turns out we missed Anberlin, which sucked, but we still had a promising day. The Ready Set and Yellowcard were playing 15 minutes apart from one another so it was decision time to figure out who to see. This always happens too, everyone you want to see plays later in the day so we had time to kill. Food stop. Can I just say that the food was cheaper this year, I was so surprised, like it was cheaper by a lot, but it was a whole dollar twenty-five cheaper, and there was no long line for the slice of pizza either. Things were looking up.
After eating, I found the Maine’s tent because I wanted to buy their new Forever Halloween Deluxe Edition. Well guess who else was just chillin’ there? John O’Callaghan (the lead singer) and so was Pat Kirch (the drummer) and they were just hanging out taking pictures. I was a table away from John, he was right in front of me, but everyone had their cell phones out for selfies, he didn’t pick me, he would have, if he hadn’t gotten taken away by their manager. At one point Jared Monaco (the guitarist) came over, helped the guy selling merch, then left. I ended up getting the Deluxe CD and the original Forever Halloween (which I already have) for five bucks, not bad at all. I gave the CD to my brother since I don’t need two.
Then we went over the Warheads stage to get ready to see The Maine. We Are The In Crowd were playing. I only know one of their songs and I didn’t think they would actually play it, but they played Kiss Me Again. It was great, and the only song I knew, but it was still fun. They ended off with their song called Manners, because they announced they were playing that song. Once their set was done, we moved to the front of the stage to wait for the Maine to come on. Real Friends played on the Journey’s Stage right beside us, and I knew the last song they played called, Late Nights in My Car. The girls behind me were rocking out to them too.
Then it was time for the Maine to come on stage. I loved what John was wearing, what a practical hat!
They started off with Run, then Right Girl that got the crowd going jumping off their feet. Growing Up, they put a guitar solo and an up beat tempo on the song making it a lot of fun. Like We Did (Windows Down) was a great summer tune. John pointed out someone in the audience who wasn’t moving so he told them to move. Then he said the guy looked serious with his sunglasses off, so the guy in the audience took them off, then John said I’ll be less serious with you, and he threw his sunglasses off his face. That’s when the set slowed down for Whoever She Is.
They brought it back with Girls Do What They Want. As the last chorus came, he brought a guy on stage to sing with him. It took some effort to get him on the stage, but he asked the guy to sing the two lines from the chorus, and the guy didn’t know the words. I thought the guy was being sarcastic when he said that, but it turns out he really didn’t know. He couldn’t get the melody down for the last line. He got “girl do what they want” it was “boys do what they can” he couldn’t get right. But he finally did, and we all cheered for him!
They ended on Inside of You, which I was surprised, but it was so much fun! At one point instead of saying “you’re 21” John said, “I’m 25 and getting old” which was pretty funny. I had another encounter with John being right in front me, throwing pics at the crowd.
I found my brother since we split up in the crowd and we headed over to the acoustic basement tent where we caught the end of Nick Santino’s set. He was playing Can’t Say I Miss You. Then he played Long Way Home, which I love. I didn’t really get to see him since we arrived late and the tent was packed, but the music was still good. He ended with a song I don’t know so we just decided to leave since standing in the heat was not fun.
We found some shade and we thought that we would just say in the area where the main stages to wait for Yellowcard to come on, since it would be in half an hour (4:30) but we got to the main stage and found out they were a good hour behind schedule, which meant we could catch the Ready Set!
So we ran over there, and some shoving happened, but we made just in time, he just stepped out when we got there! He started off with his new song Higher, that was fun and it got the crowd ready for his other new song Freakin’ Me Out. I didn’t know the words but it was fun to dance along to. Then he went old school Ready Set playing Love Like Woe, which everyone went nuts, then More Than Alive where I could barely remember the words because it’s been so long since I’ve heard the song.
Then he played Forever Young and I remember going to see him three years ago when that song had just come out and he played it, it made for a great crowd pleaser. He then announced he was going to play his new jam, which is a song off his new album called Fangz. A dubstep number almost that got the crowd groovin’. He ended with non other than Give Me Your Hand (The Best Song Ever) and if there was any indication that the crowd was going nuts before, this song had the crowd going insane. It was super fun, and exhilarating to be apart of The Ready Set’s crowd.
From there it was time to see Yellowcard. This was my first time seeing them. I know they’ve been on Warped Tour before; they’ve even played on Warped Tour when I’ve gone, but every time it seems I just can’t see them, something always gets in my way, so today, nothing was getting in my way, and nothing did. Ryan Key did a lot of talking; I thought they weren’t going to get a lot of songs in because of how much he talked. First he wanted to say that they almost didn’t make it to the show because they got held up four hours at boarder control. Then since it was the fourth of July he wanted to talk about America, and he wanted us to all say Happy Birthday America, a lot of people just booed haha. He also went on about how without the states Canada wouldn’t be number one in hockey with the national hockey league, seeing as there are only 2 countries in the NHL. Then he went to say that Canada beat the US in things, our “Independence Day” is before yours, as well as our thanksgiving.
They played Lights & Sounds, then a song I didn’t know. I had a guy ask me if I could see, I said barely, he asked me if I wanted to see, but I sad no. I didn’t need to be on his shoulders, he wasn’t sober. Then again a lot of people weren’t sober haha. As well I was singing my heart out and in front of me I had a girl and her mother I’m assuming, they were just standing there, and the mother was facing me, not the stage I don’t know why, but it took them a good four songs to move, and once they left the mother pushed me forward since she knew how much I wanted to be closer.
They sang With You Around, Only One, Awakening, that one was a lot of fun, and they ended off with Ocean Avenue where the crowd lost it. I literally had this big macho man in front of me and kept falling into me, it was pretty funny.
From there me and my brother yet again met up and headed back over to the Ready Set’s tent so we could meet him. The line wasn’t as long as I thought it would be, but it could have started before we got there since it was after 5:30. It was pretty cool to meet him for a second time; the first time was my very first Warped Tour 3 years ago. I told him that haha, he was like oh it’s nice to meet you again. I guess I’m not that memorable, and it was three years ago! He signed my CD that I bought earlier. (I bought his new one as well.) My brother took a photo with him too. It was all good times.
We checked out the Breathe Carolina tent where my brother bought their new album Savages. We walked around trying to find the Side One Dummy tent so I could buy the Warped Tour compilation CD since I get it every year. I never found it.
Because the bands at the main stage, and only the main stage, were behind we had some time to kill before the Summer Set, so we sat in the shade of a tent until it was time. It was exciting getting to see them. Brain Dales (the lead singer) he has a lot of swagger, and it made him come off like he was really cocky, eh I didn’t enjoy it much. His get up was funny; he was decked out from head to toe with American apparel.
They opened with Maybe Tonight, moving into F*ck You Over, then into a song I didn’t know. He did a lot of talking too; he needed to say his spiel on Independence Day. But then he turned it around and said he was thankful for Canada for hockey, Drake, but he wasn’t thankful for Nickleback or Justin Bieber (and we aren’t thankful for them either.) They played Boomerang, which got the crowd all pumped up. They played some older songs that I don’t know, I only know the songs off their last album, Legendary, but they went out with Lightening In A Bottle which was fun.
It was a lot of waiting around until the last act we wanted to see Breathe Carolina went on. While we waited by the stage, the stage beside a band that I don’t remember their name, they aren’t big, I don’t know how they got on the main stage, but the whole day was flippy-floopy so I’ve stopped questioning things. But their lead singer was just odd. His legs were like noodles when he danced, then he asked the little audience that they had if they wanted one of their CDs, but he shoved it down his pants before throwing it, so no one wanted that. Odd band.
Then Breathe Carolina finally came on. It was a magical experience. I say that because it was so different. Their music is very electronic, and gets you in the mood to dance and “rage” as they put it. It was a lot of fun even though I don’t know any of their songs, I know a bunch now haha, so I can tell you they sang Sell Outs, Blackout, and Savages (which is my new jam right now.) During one of the songs these big red beach balls came out, and apparently we popped one of them haha, but it was so much fun.
During another song one of the guys from Breathe Carolina came out into the crowd on a raft haha. The energy between everyone there was just insanely crazy it was that much fun. I didn’t think I’d have so much fun. I was super tired from the whole day, but it was amazing to end on such a high.
I had such a good time yet again from the Vans Warped Tour that I can’t wait for round 5!