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!

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ICYMI: Music Edition

There has been A LOT of new music released on June 15, here’s a list of music that released yesterday that you may have missed.

  • This Wild Life’s new single “Headfirst” via. Epitaph Records. This single will be on the pop punk duo’s upcoming album Petaluma which releases June 22, 2018.
  • Anarbor’s new single “Mia” via. ELVN ELVN RCRDS.
  • Movements’ new music video for the song “Third Degree.” This track was on the album Feel Something which released October 20, 2017 via. Fearless Records.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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New Tuesday Tunes!

Mayday Parade released the single “Stay The Same” exclusively through Kerrang.

This is the fourth single Mayday Parade has released before the upcoming album Sunnyland via. Rise Records. The album is set to release June 15 and includes singles: “Stay The Same,” “Piece Of Your Heart,” “Never Sure,” and “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning.

Catch Mayday Parade all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour!


Homesafe released a new single “Stay Away.”

“Stay Away” will be featured on the group’s first full length album One set to release June 29 via. Pure Noise Records. The singles on the album include: “Stay Away,” “Run,” and “Vanilla- Scented Laser Beams.”

Homesafe will be on it’s first headline tour across the United States with Jetty Bones, Hot Mulligan, and Heart Attack Man. Tickets and tour information can be found on homesafeil.com.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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7 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

There have been a variety of new singles released from bands. Here’s a list of singles that released this week and information on the group’s upcoming albums.

Mayday Parade released the single “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning.” This is the third single from the group’s upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15, 2018 via. Rise Records. The group released the music video with Billboard.

This Wild Life released a new single “Catie Rae.” The single is on the upcoming album Petaluma set to release June 22, 2018 via. Epitaph Records. Learn more about the group’s latest single on my blog post.

Vacationer released the single “Strawberry Blonde.” The single is on the upcoming album  Mindset set to release June 22, 2018.

Oh, Weatherly released “Here Tonight” off the upcoming album Lips Like Oxygen set to release July 27, 2018 via. Hopeless Records.

Trophy Eyes released its first single “You Can Count On Me.” The single will be on the group’s upcoming album The American Dream set to release August 3, 2018 via. Hopeless Records.

Good Charolette released a new single called “Actual Pain.” The single will be featured on the group’s upcoming album Generation Rx set to release September 14.

DREAMERS released the single “Screws.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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ICYMI: May Edition

Between music videos to brand new music, a variety of bands have released a lot this week. Here is a recap of things you may have missed this week.

  • Broadside released a music video for “Summer Stained.” The video showcases memories fans have made with the group.
  • Against The Current released a music video for its latest single “Strangers Again.”
  • Mayday Parade released a lyric video for the group’s latest single “Never Sure.” Both “Piece Of Your Heart” and “Never Sure” will be featured on the group’s upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.
  • Save Face released its second single off of Merci “Heartache.” Merci is set to release July 13 via. Epitaph Records.
  • Trash Boat released the single “Shade.” The song will be on the upcoming album Crown Shyness set to release July 20 via. Hopeless Records. Read more about the single here.
  • As It Is released the single “The Wounded World.” The single will be one of 12 on The Great Depression set to release August 10 via. Fearless Records. Check out my blog post about the new single here.

Other things you may have missed include: CHVRCHES performed “Miracle” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (see the performance here.) Bullet For My Valentine released a third single “Letting You Go,” I Prevail released a music video for “Rise.” In addition Neck Deep announcing “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour 2” and Dashboard Confessional releasing information on the tour “The Summer Ever After Tour” which will feature All Time Low and Gnash. More information on those tours can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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*Want new bands to listen to? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018