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 Music & Tours Announcements You May Have Missed

The Hunna announced a tour across the United States. The tour kicks off September 24, 2018 in San Francisco, CA and wraps up in Denver, CO on October 13, 2018.

The group is releasing the album Dare on July 13, 2018 via. High Times Records. Tickets and tour information can be found on thehunna.com


State Champs released a new single “Our Time To Go.”

Our Time To Go” will be on the group’s upcoming album Living Proof set to release June 15, 2018 via. Pure Noise Records. Additional singles include: “Dead And Gone,” “Mine Is Gold,” and “Crystal Ball.”

State Champs will be on the Vans Warped Tour 2018 performing on the Journey’s Left Foot Stage. For tickets and tour information visit vanswarpedtour.com.


With Confidence released a new single “That Something.”

“That Something” will be on the group’s upcoming album Love And Loathing set to release August 10, 2018 via. Hopeless Records. The album can be pre-ordered via. Merch Now or pre-saved. Here is the album track list:

  1. That Something
  2. Sing To Me
  3. Moving Boxes
  4. The Turnaround
  5. Jaded
  6. Better
  7. Spinning
  8. Bruise
  9. Pâquerette (Without Me)
  10. Icarus
  11. Dopamine
  12. Tails

Catch With Confidence on the Vans Warped Tour performing on the Owly.fm stage.


British pop punk group Boston Manor is back with new music! The group released a new song “Halo.”

Halo” will be one of thirteen songs on the group’s upcoming album Welcome To The Neighbourhood set to release September 7, 2018 via. Pure Noise Records. You can pre-order the album on the band’s website, or pre-save the album. Here is the album track list:

  1. Welcome To The Neighbourhood
  2. Flower In The Dustbin
  3. Halo
  4. England’s Dreaming
  5. Funeral Party
  6. Digital Ghost
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Bad Machine
  9. If I Can’t Have It No One Can
  10. Hate You (Kid With Matches)
  11. FY1
  12. Stick Up
  13. The Day That I Ruined Your Life

Neck Deep made an announcement via. Twitter in regards to new music. The group stated that after the tour with Don Broco that the group will be moving forward from the “Peace And The Panic” era and will be working on new music.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Single By State Champs

On May 24, 2018, New York native pop-punk group State Champs released a new single “Mine Is Gold.”

This is the third single released by the group. The two singles released prior are “Dead and Gone” and “Crystal Ball.”

The singles will be released on the upcoming album Living Proof set to release June 15 via. Pure Noise Records. You can pre-order the album on State Champs’ website www.statechampsny.com or pre-save the album on streaming services.

Which State Champs single is your favorite? Let me know @ovictoriamedia on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Rock Albums To Release In June

Mark your calendars because the month of June is packed with highly anticipated albums. Here is a list of albums set to release in June that I’m looking forward to.

June 8

Dance Gavin Dance will be releasing “Artificial Selection” via. Rise Records. The album has a 14 song track list including singles “Son Robot” and “Midnight Crusade.” Here is the track list:

  1. Son Of Robot
  2. Midnight Crusade
  3. Suspended in The Disaster
  4. Care
  5. Count Bassy
  6. Flash
  7. The Rattler
  8. Shelf Life
  9. Slouch
  10. Story of My Bros
  11. Hair Song
  12. Gospel Burnout
  13. Bloodsucker
  14. Evaporate

June 15

Mayday Parade will be releasing Sunnyland via. Rise Records. The single released prior the album is “Piece Of Your Heart.” Here is the track list:

  1. Never Sure
  2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  3. Piece Of Your Heart
  4. Is Nowhere
  5. Take My Breath Away
  6. Stay The Same
  7. How Do You Like Me Now
  8. Where You Are
  9. If I Were You
  10. Satellite
  11. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

State Champs will be releasing Living Proof via. Pure Noise Records. The album has a 13 song track list including singles “Dead and Gone,” and “Crystal Ball.” Here is the album track list:

  1. Criminal
  2. Frozen
  3. Crystal Ball
  4. Dead and Gone
  5. Lightning
  6. Our Time to Go
  7. Safe Haven
  8. Something About You
  9. The Fix Up
  10. Cut Through the Static
  11. Mine is Gold
  12. Time Machine
  13. Sidelines

June 22

Panic! At The Disco will be releasing Pray For The Wicked via. Fueled By Ramen. The singles released thus far include: “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** A) Silver Lining.”

Here is the track list:

  1. (F*** A) Silver Lining
  2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
  3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
  4. High Hopes
  5. Roaring 20s
  6. Dancing’s Not A Crime
  7. One of the Drunks
  8. The Overpass
  9. King of the Clouds
  10. Old Fashioned
  11. Dying in LA

This Wild Life is releasing Petaluma via. Epitaph Records. The singles released prior the album are “Hold You Here” and “Westside.”

Here is the track list:

  1. Figure It Out
  2. Headfirst
  3. Catie Rae
  4. Positively Negative
  5. Westside
  6. Hold You Here
  7. Come Back Down
  8. College Kis
  9. Never Believe
  10. No Need For Novocaine

Vacationer is releasing Mindset via. Downtown Records. The singles released thus far are “Magnetism” and “Being Here.” Here is the tracklist:

  1. Entrance
  2. Magnetism
  3. Euphoria
  4. Being Here
  5. Strawberry Blonde
  6. Late Bloomer
  7. Turning
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Romance
  10. Blue Dreaming
  11. Green
  12. Companionship

June 29

Homesafe is releasing its first full length album One via. Pure Noise Records. The singles released prior the album are “Run,” and “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams.” Here is the track list:

  1. Point Blank
  2. Run
  3. Say Something
  4. Sadistic Society
  5. Have It All
  6. Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams
  7. Suits And Ties
  8. I Don’t Know How
  9. Time Ain’t Free
  10. Stay Away
  11. Get It Right
  12. Sideways Sleeper
  13. fin

You can pre-order the albums directly on each band’s website or save the albums on a streaming service. Which album are you most excited about? Let me know on my social media @ovictoriamedia on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria