Like everyone else attached to the alternative music scene, Vans Warped Tour was something to look forward to every summer. It’s a place where everyone attending had one major thing in common, their love for alternative music.
Besides the many opportunities to meet some of your favorite bands and artists, you also get the chance to make new friends and memories to last a lifetime. As cliche as it is, all good things must come to an end, here’s how we spent our last Warped Tour in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, on July 18.
The day started off early, getting to the venue around 11:30 A.M., being greeted at the gate by men selling maps and time schedules-making it easier to arrive at the correct stages on time for your favorite bands. Unfortunately, by arriving a half hour into the festival, we were 30 minutes short of missing pop-punk band, State Champs.
Knuckle Puck was the first band on to warm us up for what was to come. Their energy wasn’t too much, but enough to get the crowd revved up. Other band’s such as The Maine, had the crowd hyped up, by telling one audience member to chug their entire beer, then to take off their shirt. Frontman, John O’Callaghan also invited another concert goer on stage to sing some popular lyrics to “Girls Do What They Want.” By the end of the set, The Maine left the crowd in high-spirits ready to take on the festivities that Warped Tour has in store for us.
Seeing bands like, Waterparks, who show a light-hearted stage presence and put on a high-quality performance and We The Kings, who united what seemed like thousands of fans with their lyrics to “Check Yes, Juliet.”
The day was long, but felt like it flew by, the hydration stations kept you cool for free, the shade tents were there to lend a helping hand if you needed a second to breathe or relax.
Bands like As It Is and Sleep On It, kept the high energy, as the day went on. Rap duo, 3OH!3’s set was so popular it was practically blocked off by people. If you went a little later to the set, there was no way in.
If you spent the day with the right people, or even just one person it was truly the best Warped Tour to experience, ending the day by seeing Falling In Reverse's theatrically-driven performance, made for the perfect end to the last ‘The Best Day Ever.’
Here at Roar Reports, our reporters contributed their experience at the last Warped, check them out below!
“I've been going to Warped Tour since I was 15 years old, making this my 10th time attending. My first few years attending included influential bands like All Time Low, Paramore, and A Day To Remember. Last year was my first time bringing my camera and had a friend playing it. This year I got to shoot all of my favorite bands and be with my best friends. I could not have asked for a better way to say goodbye to the tour I looked forward to every summer!” - Cassie Blotzer
“I have looked forward to this festival every summer since I was 16. It gave me the chance to meet All Time Low for the first time, see State Champs open the main stage in 2014 and have many great memories with my best friends. My last Warped will not be forgotten. I was able to see State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Movements, and Mayday Parade just to name a few. It was another great day spent with great friends and music. As sad as I am to see it end, I am glad that I was able to experience it one last time and be part of an awesome welcoming community that will continue on.” - Michella Dilworth
How did you spend your last Warped Tour? Let us know!