Nine more bands have been added to this summers Vans Warped Tour. Be sure to check out Black Veil Brides, Electric Touch, Ionia, Less Than Jake, Motionless In White, Planet Smashers, So Long Arletta, Tess Dunn, and We’re Doomed on the tour this summer. Check out the full list of 2011 Warped Tour bands here.
My Arcadia are joining this summers Warped Tour and are streaming their new song “September” which you can check out below. The bands current EP, City By The Sea, is available on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lulea-city-by-the-sea/id331267764?uo=4″ title=”My Arcadia – City By the Sea” text=”iTunes”]. [Read more…]
More bands have been added to this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Eyes Set To Kill, Windsor Drive, Pepper, the Narrative, Sick Of Sarah, Neo Geo, My Arcadia, Big Chocolate and DC Fallout. To see all of the bands announced so far check out the Warped Tour band page.
This week Big B, Moving Mountains, Passafire, New Years Day, Places & Numbers and A Skylit Drive have been added to this summers Warped Tour. The full list of Warped Tour bands announced to date can be seen at the link.
The next round of bands added to this summers Warped Tour are as follows: Middle Class Rut, Peelanderz, The Acacia Strain, Relient K, Stephen Jerzak, There For Tomorrow and River City Extension. To see all the bands announced to date check out the Warped Tour bands page and look for band updates weekly leading up to the main stage announcement on March 26th.
Abandon All Ships, Set Your Goals, I Set My Friends on Fire, MC Lars, The Dance Party and Foxy Shazam are the latest bands added to the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. They join the 21 previously announced bands, including We Came As Romans, Dance Gavin Dance, Every Avenue and Woe, Is Me. The complete list of bands playing announced to date can be found on the Warped Tour bands page.
Tour dates for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour have been announced. Bands will start to be announced on December 8th. Check out the dates below.
WARPED TOUR 2011
Fri 6/24 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Sat 6/25 Houston, TX The Showgrounds at Sam Houston
Sun 6/26 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Wed 6/29 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Thu 6/30 Las Vegas, NV TBD
Fri 7/1 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 7/2 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Sun 7/3 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed 7/6 Kansas City, MO (Bonner Springs) Sandstone Amphitheatre
Thu 7/7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/8 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/9 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 7/10 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Tue 7/12 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake PAC
Wed 7/13 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Thu 7/14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Fri 7/15 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/16 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/17 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
Tue 7/19 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Wed 7/20 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Thu 7/21 Philadelphia, PA (Camden) Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 7/22 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 7/23 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/24 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/26 Washington, D.C. Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/27 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/28 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/29 Orlando, FL Firestone Amphitheatre
Sat 7/30 Miami, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/31 Tampa, FL (Saint Petersburg) Vinoy Park
Mon 8/1 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tue 8/2 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed 8/3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/5 Denver, COInvesco Field
Sat 8/6 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/7 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Tue 8/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Wed 8/10 Los Angeles, CA TBD
Thu 8/11 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri 8/12 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/13 Seattle, Wa Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 8/14 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
With so many bands playing on many different stages it’s very easy to miss bands you’d like to see and not discover a lot of new music. Each year, my goal is to see as many bands as I possibly can. This year’s count: ten.
Every Time I Die started the show off. They played at 11:55 AM and it felt as if I could not get into the venue fast enough. (Thanks Twitter for telling us the set time.) Every Time I Die is a band that never disappoints live. An excellent set performed by superbly talented men. Front man Keith Buckley was in a particularly hilarious mood. Chanting about how he didn’t give a fuck about LeBron James or basketball in general. He also singled out a member of the crowd for being dressed like the Joker.
Immediately following ETID, Motion City Soundtrack took the stage. Motion City is an extremely high energy band with a load of devoted fans. The floor was overfilling with screaming fans. With each song they played the crowd screamed louder and louder. They played all their hits and everything in between. While I’ve only ever preferred their obvious songs, they put on an enjoyable show.
Alkaline Trio is one of those bands that I could not imagine my life without. They’ve been a constant for as long as I can remember. I have never seen them (as they were rained out the last time they played Warped Tour). I was ready more than ready. They, however, weren’t as exciting as I hoped they’d be. Granted their music is not exactly high energy and they did play songs I have been itching to hear live, they were merely lacking in the energy.
The Pretty Reckless was my main interest this year. Front woman Taylor Momsen is a sixteen-year-old actress who is very new to this whole music thing. She was commanding, enchanting, and incredibly sexual. She wore a lace dress, thigh highs, stirrups and high heels. Which was a little weird considering her age, but strangely appropriate considering her voice. She put on one of the better shows of the day.
The All-American Rejects are a band I have always love to hate. They sing catchy tunes, they’re pretty, but Tyson Ritter’s voice can be down right horrifying sometimes. I also feel as if all their music is the same and not very good to start with. This, however, changes whenever I’ve seen them live. Ritter is a goddamn rockstar. He owns the stage and the crowd. One could almost get high off this man’s energy.
Gaining credentials to Warped Tour is one thing, but shooting all day is a whole other. It’s like shooting a typical show, but ALL DAY LONG. It’s hot, crowded, and long. There are definite pros and definite cons. Either way, it’s best to be prepared.
1) You have to start somewhere”¦but”¦I’m not sure a huge venue/tour such as the Warped Tour is the place to start. It’s DEFINITELY a great idea to test out both your camera and your skills at local shows before you gain mainstream coverage.
2) An SLR does not equate photographer”¦Anyone can buy a fancy camera, but what’s the purpose if you only shoot automatic and can’t figure out simple settings such as ISO or white balance? No matter how much a camera costs, it will never be as perfect as a skilled and educated photographer. And it shows!
3) Know your CAMERA”¦I shouldn’t have to say that, but while standing in the photo pit at Warped there were several girls who had no idea what they were doing. One had a Sidekick (old school smart phone) as her camera. Another had a brand new Sony dSLR, but had no idea how to use it. As the photographers waited she asked me if I knew how to fix an issue. Sure, I did, but why did’t she? A camera’s manual, the internet, and experience are your best friends. Utilize.
4) BE COURTEOUS”¦Being in the photo pit is a privilege. Most people behind the barricade are there with a purpose and on an assignment. It’s rude when a) you hog the prime center spot the entire three songs b) you are using your phone as a camera c) you walk in front of shots d) you stop taking photos and simply hang where the other photographers are shooting and e) IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN DSLR OR SOMETHING EQUIVALENT, it’s not really the place for you.
5) The awesome thing about Warped Tour”¦is that’s it’s outside and you can rely on natural lighting. As long as you are aware of how to operate your camera, you don’t necessarily need a lot of fancy equipment. You could probably shoot with simply a kit lens and still walk away with good shots.
6) Pay attention to the crowd. Awesome shots are lurking there.
Chances are if you follow your instincts shooting Warped Tour should be a breeze.
I’m going to be doing a series on Warped Tour”¦guides for beginners, photographers, show reviews, photos, and more. Stay tuned. Here’s the first part.
1) Dress accordingly. Warped Tour somehow seems to fall on the hottest day of the summer. Wear thin, light clothing. This year, I saw a significant amount of girls wearing bathing suits. Not a bad idea, at all.
2) Don’t need to arrive early. Regardless of when you arrive, you’re gonna be waiting. Show up a little late and you can avoid the crowds.
3) As soon as you get through the door find the schedule. It’s a huge blow up wall. They sell schedules for a couple bucks or they have paper and pencils for you to write your own down.
Using their paper is a better idea as it has the stages already written. Go through, write the times/bands you wish to see, and when you’re finished go through and see if anything conflicts. Decision time.
4) Bring a bottle of water. Warped Tour allows you to bring one unopened bottle of water (drink). They have FREE water faucets all over the place. Stay hydrated. You will NOT regret this.
5) Camera! You’re allowed a small non-professional cameras. The smaller the camera, the better. Less weight for your poor shoulders. I can assure you there will be 100 photo opportunities. From the live music, to your friends, to the crowd, and to meeting your favorite rockstars. You will want to document.
6) Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock“¦is your best friend.