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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What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

Since I recently attended Vans Warped Tour a few days ago, I thought making a post about things that you can carry and bring with you would be important for anyone who doesn’t know what to bring. Here is a list of things that I packed with me for Warped Tour.

Before Warped Tour, here are the essentials I need to bring with me…

  • Sunscreen
  • Sharpie- You never know who you’re going to meet
  • Bottle of water- Vans Warped Tour allows an attendee to bring in 1 sealed bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Portable Charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Band Aids
  • Ticket

After Warped Tour, including the variety of things I brought with me, I bought a few extra things and received free things as well. Here is the list of other things I received that day.

  • The Gospel Youth’s Always Lose signed
  • Dead Reflection by Silverstein
  • Shirt from Hope For The Day’s tent that they collaborated with Real Friends.
  • Hope For The Day Sticker
  • Flag from Movements tent that the band signed during their signing.
  • My signed Warped ticket by Too Close To Touch
  • Small fan that pluged into my phone
  • Backpack from Barnes & Noble (Not available)
  • “Animals Are Not Ours” pamphlet that is handed out annually at Warped Tour
  • Fossil Wallet
  • Sunscreen from CVS
  • Core water bottle
  • Portable charger (purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Essential dachshund bag that held the portable charger
  • Band Aids
  • List of Vans Warped Tour Dates received day of (and information of the rest of the dates can be found here.)
  • Car keys

Here is a picture of some of the things I had with me at the end of Warped Tour.


I had a great time at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. When the lineup was announced in March, I was hoping for a few more bands I knew that were performing. From March until Warped Tour in July, I learned a lot about bands and had a great time. For more information about what happened during Warped Tour, check out my previous blog post and my Instagram @ovictoriamedia.

In other news…

New Albums

There were a variety of albums that came out today including: Always Lose by The Gospel Youth, Dead Reflection by Silverstein, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7, For The Night To Control by Electric Century, The Fear by Night Argent, Stealing The Covers Teenage Bottle Rocket, the deluxe edition of The Hunna’s alvum 100, and Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume by Integrity.

New Songs

There are new songs out by Stages & Stereos (“We’re Fvcked, Boys”) , Sleeping With Sirens (“Legends”) and Neck Deep (“Motion Sickness”). New albums are expected by Circa Survive and Sleeping With Sirens in the coming months (more albums to be released can be found in a blog post I wrote).

Upcoming Tour/ Signed Record Label

COIN announced a part two to their previous tour for How Will You Know If You Never Try across the United States. In addition, Rise Records signed MAKEOUT to their record label.

I want to welcome back The Dangerous Summer back into the music scene. The band teased two videos on their social media sayin “Hello” and “Tomorrow” and revealed the group is back together and is working on a new album which will be releasing in 2018.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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