Festival Review: Vans Warped Tour 2018

I attended the Vans Warped Tour in Holmdel, New Jersey on July 14, 2018. The date was sold out and 18,000 people were attending.

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Before heading out to Warped Tour, it was important I packed accordingly. I packed a fan, portable phone chargers, a hat, sunscreen, a sweater, sharpie, and water in my back pack. Check out my What To Pack For Warped Tour to see what you can/ can’t bring.

For me, early entry is a MUST. A lot of tents have free giveaways when you get to the tents early. When I was at Warped Tour, I got in the venue early, ran over to Grayscale’s merch tent and picked up the limited Grayscale draw string bag that is limited to 30 each day.

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I got the chance to meet Dan Lambton of Real Friends before Real Friends’ set at the Real Friends merch tent.

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I waited on line to meet John O’ Callaghan, vocalist of The Maine. We talked about Lovely, Little, Lonely, his side work as John The Ghost, and the future of The Maine. Also, he signed my ticket for Warped Tour.

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I met Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso, members of This Wild Life, after the duo’s set. The duo released Petaluma on June 22, 2018 (for more information on the album click here.)

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After Grayscale’s set, I met Collin Walsh, vocalist of Grayscale. He went directly off the stage and straight towards the merch tent to sign CDs and take photos with fans.

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Throughout the day, I got the chance to see a variety of bands. The great thing about the schedule I went to is that I had about 2 conflicts but was able to split my time and see both group’s set. The bands I saw were: Story Untold, Real Friends, Senses Fail, As It Is, Grayscale, Broadside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Knuckle Puck, This Wild Life, The Maine, and Movements. I heard band’s sets like Tonight Alive, Reel Big Fish, Makeout, and Simple Plan during my day.

During The Maine and State Champs’ set, there were instances that the group’s stopped the set and medics/ security stepped in. Unfortunately, I was unable to see what the reason was but it was in the 80s and sunny. It’s important to stay hydrated and be safe at Warped Tour. In addition, security had to break up two people during Grayscale’s set.

Vans Warped Tour is unlike any day concert experience. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating. If you like the lineup for this years Vans Warped Tour, I highly recommend you go. As a fan, it’s wonderful you’re in one area getting to see bands you may not always get to see. In addition to seeing bands, you get the chance to meet those artists after the sets or before the sets. Each band has specific locations for meet and greets and signings, so visit the group’s merch tent to see when the group or artist has those times.

I will be going to the Vans Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY and will blog my experience in two weeks. I hope you found this blog to be helpful.

Are you heading to Warped Tour? Make sure to Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Reviews: Moose Blood & Knuckle Puck

I went to see Moose Blood and Knuckle Puck and wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post about my experience seeing both shows.

Moose Blood @ The Stone Pony

I attended the Moose Blood concert on Saturday March 17 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NY. Opening for Moose Blood on the “North America 2018” tour were Lydia and McCafferty.

The Stone Pony was intimate and small but wide. I like the fact anywhere you stood, you were able to see the stage. The venue is located in a beach town and holds 1,000 people. The Stone Pony is a venue that held music legends Bruce Springsteen, John Bon Jovi, and many more.

I’ve never seen any of these bands live. The first group to take the stage was McCafferty. I’ve never heard of McCafferty and didn’t know what to expect from the group. The crowd went wild for the group and there was a mosh pit that opened up during the performance. McCafferty put on a good performance, and I will check out their music in the future.

Lydia took the stage after McCafferty and had a completely different vibe from McCafferty. Lydia has interesting electronic instrumental which was a nice variation from both Moose Blood and McCafferty. Lydia reminds me of a mix of Vinyl Theatre and Copeland. Lydia is a band I’m definitely getting into after seeing their live set.

After Lydia, Moose Blood took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Talk In Your Sleep
  2. Honey
  3. Bukowski
  4. Glow
  5. You Left In The Worst Way
  6. Gum
  7. Pups
  8. Cherry
  9. Pastel
  10. Just Outside
  11. I Hope You’re Missing Me
  12. Sway
  13. Have I Told You Enough
  14. Swim Down
  15. Shimmer
  16. Can We Stay Like This
  17. Knuckles
  18. It’s Too Much

Eddy Brewerton, vocalist of Moose Blood, had laryngitis making his voice very strained, but I love the fact that Moose Blood performed regardless of being ill. When Brewerton would struggle, he’d hold his throat. Brewerton struggled and continued the show despite his vocals not being as prominent. All the fans were singing along loudly when Eddy asked which made the show intimate.

I love the fact the lights on the stage changed colors based on the songs. When Moose Blood would play a song off of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore the lights were blue, when a song was performed on Blush, the lights were pink. The lights were the same colors of I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time’s album artwork. It was unique to see the details.

I hope to see Moose Blood in the future and hear Eddy Brewerton’s live vocals. Moose Blood announced a tour in Australia with Movements opening. Tickets and tour information about upcoming Moose Blood shows can be found here.


Knuckle Puck @ Revolution Bar

I attended the Knuckle Puck concert on Tuesday March 20 at Revolution Bar in Amityville, NY. Opening for Knuckle Puck were Boston Manor, Hot Mulligan, Free Throw, and Jetty Bones. In the past, I’ve seen Knuckle Puck and Boston Manor perform.

I’ve been to Revolution Bar for shows for prior performances (All Time Low’s acoustic performance and The Holiday Show which had State Champs, Transit, Broadside, and Rarity) and knew the venue fairly well. The venue holds approximately 500 people.

The first band to take the stage was Jetty Bones. Jetty Bones had a cool vibe which was whimsical and vulnerable. I enjoyed the fact that in between songs, it sounded like the songs all transitioned together with the helps of the instrumentals. While the vocalist was drinking water, the drummer would hit the side of the drum with his stick, the guitars would play out the last note and tune the guitar. It was nice to hear, and I purchased two CDs after the set.

The second band that performed after Jetty was Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan. I knew a few of Hot Mulligan’s songs from checking out the group months ago. The group’s sound live is similar to it’s discography which is pop punk.

Free Throw, from Nashville, TN, played after Hot Mulligan. What I found pleasing about Free Throw is that to vocalist sang more from his throat. The vocals were raspy which added to the high intensity instrumentals. They’re a band I’m definitely checking out after seeing the performance.

Boston Manor was a crowd favorite as an opening band. The crowd pushed closer to the stage and had a huge mosh pit and crowd surfers. The venue is small that when a crowd surfer gets close to the stage, the crowd surfer is able to stand on the stage with the group. Boston Manor is from the UK, and during Boston Manor’s set, I heard Henry Cox’s accent peak through. Boston Manor has yet to disappoint.

After the four openers, Knuckle Puck took the stage. Here is Knuckle Puck’s setlist:

  1. Double Helix
  2. Wall To Wall (Depreciation)
  3. Disdain
  4. Everyone Lies To Me
  5. Poison Pen Letter
  6. Evergreen
  7. Bedford Falls
  8. Want Me Around
  9. Gone
  10. Fences
  11. No Good
  12. Untitled
  13. Conduit
  14. Pretense
  15. But Why Would You Care?
  16. Plastic Brains
  17. Stateside *ENCORE*

It was Knuckle Puck’s first time playing at Revolution Bar, and the crowd is what made it special. Knuckle Puck never fails to put on a great show, and the crowd’s enthusiasm and energy was amplified in the venue. There were circle pits, crowd surfers, and people singing along to the set. This was my eight time seeing Knuckle Puck perform and it’s safe to say it will not be my last.

In other news, the lineup for Lollapalooza has been announced (tickets and tour information can be found here,) John O’ Callaghan is releasing a book full of his favorite tweets, Underoath released the music video for “Rapture,” Hawthorne Heights released the music video for “Just Another Ghost,” Hot Mulligan released Pilot, and a congratulations is in order for Panic! At The Disco. Panic! At The Disco’s album Vices & Virtues is certified gold. In addition, Panic! At The Disco announced a new album Pray For The Wicked releasing two tracks “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** a) Silver Lining.” Panic! At The Disco announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: COIN at Irving Plaza NYC

Hey everyone! If you follow my Twitter @ovictoriamedia you know that many voted for an ICYMI blog post. I figured I’d make a bonus blog for you all. Hope you all enjoy!

Irving Plaza in New York City holds over 1,000 people. COIN visited Irving Plaza on the “North American Tour 2018” on Friday February 9, 2018. Accompanying COIN on tour is The Aces. The NYC date was sold out.

I purchased a VIP ticket to the show which allowed me to watch the show from the back of the sound board on the second floor. On the second floor is a bar and an open area where you can see the show.

The bar on the second floor had specialty drinks made for the group. Here is a picture of the drink menu.

The opening act was The Aces. The girl group put on a 30-40 minute set. The crowd was loud with the opening act singing back lyrics and dancing. After waiting 20 minutes, COIN took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Growing Pains
  2. Boyfriend
  3. I Don’t Wanna Dance
  4. Time Machine
  5. Are We Alone?
  6. Hannah
  7. Run
  8. Don’t Cry, 2020
  9. I Would
  10. Heart Eyes
  11. (Talk)
  12. Youuu
  13. Miranda Beach
  14. Malibu 1992
  15. Talk Too Much
  16. Fingers Crossed
  17. Feeling *ENCORE*

The show was awesome. I’ve never seen COIN perform live before, and the group performed as great as I thought they would. The group sounds as great live ans they do on an album. The audience were engaged in the music and vivacious with the group. I feel that COIN is an up and coming band and is gaining more traction with their latest album How Will You Know If You Never Try? COIN’s music has been playing on a variety of alternative music stations including Sirius XM’s Alt Nation.

After COIN’s set, I got the chance to meet Regan, a disc jockey on AltNation. After socializing with him, I went down the stairs and met with an employee of Irving Plaza. Since I purchased a VIP ticket, I received a poster courtesy of Irving Plaza. The poster is with COIN’s tour artwork giving information that the show is sold out.

Thanks for reading the bonus blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Neck Deep at Playstation Theater

Neck Deep has embarked on “The Peace And The Panic Tour” and played at Playstation Theater in New York City on February 2, 2018. Accompanying Neck Deep on tour were Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper, and Seaway.

Prior to the show, I had purchased the meet and greet package and arrived to the venue at 3:15pm. The amount of people at the meet and greet were 200 people. The meet and greet package included a Neck Deep “soundcheck club” patch and The Peace and The Panic CD.

In addition to the patch and CD, I took a photo and sat through a small set. Neck Deep’s set of songs were small and not performed that night. Here is the set:

  1. Threat Level Midnight
  2. Losing Teeth
  3. Serpents

After each song, Neck Deep would take a variety of questions from fans. Neck Deep discussed the album art, the group’s name, games they’re into, and more. After the Q & A session, everyone lined up and took a picture with Neck Deep.

When I walked up to the group, I said hi and asked Dani what his favorite song was off The Peace And The Panic and he said his favorite was “In Bloom.” I took a photo with the guys and asked if anyone had guitar pick. Fil gave me his guitar pick. Here is my picture with Neck Deep.

The doors opened at 6pm and the concert started at 7pm. Each opener performed a 30 minute set. The first band to take the stage was Speak Low If You Speak Love. Speak Low If You Speak Love is a solo project created by bassist/ backup vocalist of State Champs, Ryan Scott Graham.

After Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper took the stage. Following Creeper, Seaway took the stage. I have not seen any of the opening bands in concert before, but I enjoyed Speak Low If You Speak Love and Seaway.

Neck Deep took the stage opening with “Happy Judgement Day” and the crowd went wild. Here is the setlist:

  1. Happy Judgement Day
  2. Lime St.
  3. Gold Steps
  4. Motion Sickness
  5. What Did You Expect?
  6. Kali Ma
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Citizens Of Earth
  9. Don’t Wait
  10. Parachute
  11. In Bloom
  12. December
  13. Head to the Ground
  14. Wish You Were Here
  15. A Part Of Me
  16. Can’t Kick Up The Roots * ENCORE*
  17. Where Do We Go When We Go *ENCORE*

The cool thing about Neck Deep’s set is that the song “Don’t Wait” featured the vocalist of Seaway and “A Part Of Me” featured the female vocalist of Creeper. It was unique having the other bands involved in the set.

I’ve seen Neck Deep perform 3 times prior to the show, and this crowd was the rowdiest I’ve seen. I saw Neck Deep with State Champs, Knuckle Puck, and Like Pacific at Webster Hall, but the crowd didn’t compare to this one. Neck Deep is a band that is equally as great live and their are on an album. If you have yet to see Neck Deep or listen to the group’s music, I highly recommend doing both.

In other news, Too Close To Touch released a new song “Burn,” Weezer stated a new album will be in the works, and The Wonder Years is teasing new music.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Taking Back Sunday @ Starland Ballroom, NJ

Taking Back Sunday is a rock band from Long Island, NY. I attended Taking Back Sunday’s Fourth Annual Holiday Spectacular at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The bands supporting Taking Back Sunday at the show were: Modern Chemistry and The Maine.

Prior to the concert, I attended Taking Back Sunday’s pop-up shop inside the venue and saw Adam Lazzara and John Nolan perform an acoustic set with songs of their own and holiday music. Here is the pop-up show’s setlist:

  1. Jingle Bell Rock
  2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart
  6. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

In between the songs, there was a lot of back and forth conversation between Lazzara and Nolan. It felt more like I was hanging out during a jam session over it feeling like just aquick set and leaving. It was nice that local crafters were inside the venue during the pop-up shop.

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After waiting a few hours in between, I went back to Starland Ballroom to see Modern Chemistry perform. Modern Chemistry has awesome instrumentals, and I had the same thought last time I saw the group open for Mayday Parade back on the “Tales Told By Dead Friends 10th Anniversary Tour.” I have to look into their music further.

There was a short intermission, and the crowd began piling in. I’ve seen The Maine a variety of times including the Modern Nostalgia Tour last month (my experience was further written about here.) The Maine took the stage next playing some old and new hits. Here is The Maine’s setlist:

  1. Happy
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. My Heroine
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. Run
  6. Am I Pretty?
  7. Girls Do What They Want
  8. Diet Soda Society
  9. Lovely
  10. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

After The Maine performed and a short intermission, Taking Back Sunday too the stage. I’ve never seen Taking Back Sunday perform, and it will not be my last.

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Taking Back Sunday has an awesome stage presence and sounds as great as they would on an album. The crowd went wild over old and new favorites. Here is Taking Back Sunday’s setlist:

  1. You Know How I Do
  2. Tidal Wave
  3. Set Phasers To Stun
  4. Error: Operator
  5. You Can’t Look Back
  6. Timberwolves at New Jersey
  7. You Got Me
  8. Flicker, Fade
  9. Death Wolf
  10. You’re So Last Summer
  11. My Blue Heaven
  12. All Excess
  13. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
  14. A Decade Under The Influence
  15. Everything Must Go
  16. What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
  17. Spin
  18. Cute Without The ‘E’
  19. She (Green Day Cover)
  20. Call Me In The Morning
  21. MakeDamnSure

I was hoping the group would’ve played “Slowdance On The Inside” and “Ghost Man On Third,” but I enjoyed Taking Back Sunday’s set. The energy of the venue was high, and Taking Back Sunday had an excellent lineup and performed excellent. I highly recommend you check out Taking Back Sunday if you have yet to.

Wishing you, my reader, and your loved ones happy holidays. Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria