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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The Release of “Composure” By Real Friends

Illinois sad boys Real Friends released Composure via. Fearless Records on July 13, 2018.

Composure has a 10 song track list including singles “Get By,” “Smiling On The Surface,” and “From The Outside.” Here is the track list.

  1. Me First
  2. Stand Steady
  3. From The Outside
  4. Smiling On The Surface
  5. Hear What You Want
  6. Unconditional Love
  7. Composure
  8. Get By
  9. Ripcord
  10. Take A Hint

This is Real Friends’ third full length album. Some members in the group, primarily Dan Lambton, have struggled with mental illness and it’s refreshing to see that the group based lyrics on this new album on the struggle of mental illness. This group is evolving and displaying their own issues and insecurities on this new album.

Real Friends is on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long on the Journey’s Right Foot Stage. Tickets and tour information can be found on vanswarpedtour.com.

In other news, The Hunna released Dare via. High Times Records, Twenty One Pilots released a new song “Jumpsuit,” The Story So Far gave details on the group’s new album, Rock Sound announced via. Twitter that As It Is will be on the upcoming magazine cover, Glass Animals announced via. Twitter that upcoming tours are cancelled, and Sleep On It released the music video for “A New Way Home.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Music In The Works

There are a lot of releases from bands in 2018 (including in June, July, and additional album releases.) There are bands that are in the works of releasing new music. There is no word on when albums are releasing, but my prediction would be in late 2018 or 2019. Keep an eye out on these bands.

  • Movements tweeted the group is working on new music on the Vans Warped Tour. There is no word on when the group is recording or releasing new music. Movements released its first full length album Feel Something in 2017. Read more about Feel Something here.

  • After Always Lose (2017) The Gospel Youth proceeds to work on new music. The Gospel Youth parted ways with vocalist Samuel Little earlier this year. There is no word on a new vocalist or when “TGY2” will be released, but I’m enjoying this teaser.

  • Pierce The Veil’s vocalist Vic Fuentes posted on Instagram a photo of him in front of a microphone. The photo’s caption gives detail about working on album number 5. There is no word on when a new album will be released.

On the beautifully unpredictable journey to album #5 ✋ #PierceTheVeil

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  • A Will Away is following up Here Again with a tweet indicating new music is in the works.

In other news, The Maine’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop is officially 10 years old. In honor of the album, The Maine has announced the 8123 Fest is back and happening in January of 2019.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Album To Release: July Edition

The month of July has new albums from We The Kings, The Hunna, Trash Boat, and more. Here is a list of albums and when the albums will be released by the bands.

July 6

We The Kings released Six via. S-Curve Records. The singles released prior to the album are “Even If It Kills Me,” “On My Love,” and “Festival Music.” We The Kings will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long.

July 13

Real Friends is set to release Composure via. Fearless Records. The singles on the album that were released by the band included “Smiling On The Surface,” “Get By,” and “From The Outside.” Real Friends released today a new song “Unconditional Love.”

Catch Real Friends’ set at the Vans Warped Tour (tickets and tour information can be found at vanswarpedtour.com.

The Hunna is dropping Dare via. High Times Records. The singles heard before the album include “Dare,” “Flinkin’ Your Hair,” “NY to LA,” and “Y.D.W.I.W.M.”

July 20

Trash Boat is putting out Crown Shyness via. Hopeless Records. The latest singles include “Inside Out,” and “Shade.” Trash Boat will be performing on the Owly.fm stage at Vans Warped Tour.

July 27

Oh, Weatherly is releasing Lips Like Oxygen via. Hopeless Records. Singles released thus far include “Here Tonight” and “I Think I Want You.

In other news, Movements tweeted the group is in the works of making new music, Alternative Press stated Twenty One Pilots may be releasing new music soon, and Sleeping With Sirens released a new song “Another Day” featuring The Rocket Summer.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

The 2018 Vans Warped Tour began on June 21, 2018 in Pomona, CA, and the best way to get prepared for the Vans Warped Tour for your date is to figure out what to expect.

If you want to learn more about what to prepare for, check out:

Vans Warped Tour Survival Guide

What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

If you want a review of my experience at the Vans Warped Tour in years passed:

Vans Warped Tour 2016 @ Long Island, NY

Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2017

If you want to know what the lineup of Vans Warped Tour includes check out: Vans Warped Tour 2018 Lineup Announced!

For tickets and tour information check out vanswarpedtour.com. I will be posting a review of my experience at Vans Warped Tour in the upcoming weeks.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria