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 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