Guest Post: Warped 2013

August 4th marked the end of Warped Tour 2013. For the lame-os out there who don’t already know, Warped Tour is a music festival that travels the United States and Canada every summer. It’s a great tour because there are so many bands for the reasonable price (only about $45.00). For many of us (myself included), Warped Tour is something to look forward to every year. This year there were over 70 bands on the tour, including many of my favorites, making it (in my opinion) one of the best ones yet. The following is a list of bands I saw:

  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Chiodos
  • Handguns
  • Like Moths to Flames
  • Man Overboard
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Secrets
  • Silverstein
  • The American Scene
  • The Story So Far
  • The Wonder Years
  • Woe, Is Me

Bands start getting announced every December for the upcoming summer. They used to add 5 new bands every Wednesday (Warped Wednesday) on their website- Vanswarped.com. This past year was slightly different because Warped Roadies, a show about the people who travel the tour, setting up/cleaning everyday, premiered on Fuse. New episodes were on every Friday at 10pm and a few new bands would be announced on the bottom of the screen during the episode. It was a very fun way to find out your favorite bands were playing the upcoming summer. I remember when Man Overboard was announced (my favorite band) it was during the episode about my Warped date Holmdel, NJ. I was so excited and so happy to be reliving my passed warped experience I actually got pretty emotional while watching the episode.

Before I go, I like to make a list of the bands I want to see, but since every year that list gets increasingly longer, I like to pick 5-10 bands that I want to see the most so that when I get there, it’s a bit easier for me to decide. The bands’ set times are different every day and they don’t get made up until the morning of every show, which is why I recommend getting there early. You never know if your favorite band might be playing first! The times are displayed on a huge blowup board, which is usually close to one of the main stages. They also sell paper schedules for $2, which I always buy because I just find it much easier. 

My favorite set at Warped this summer was by far The Wonder Years. Even though they’ve been one of my favorite bands for a while, this summer was my first time seeing them live and it was absolutely amazing. The energy in the crowd was insane and the set was really good. If you’ve never seen The Wonder Years live, I highly recommend it. Also, Matt Vincent from The American Scene playing at the acoustic basement tent was great. I recommend checking them out as well as Handguns. They’re both lesser known bands that are great live. Sad to see the summer end but only 297 days until next summer and Warped 2014. Hope you’ll think about going!