Since 1995, Vans Warped Tour has made it possible for fans to witness hundreds of various artists, all in one sitting. Between the diversified lineup that attracts a wide variety of crowds, merch booths, artist signings, food vendors, and charitable foundations of all kinds, there is a place for anyone and everyone at Warped Tour. There are a few precautions to take when attending this event. There’s crowd surfing, mosh-pits so huge that you’re bound to be sucked in if you don’t keep your distance, and of course trying to stay hydrated during the intense heat. Luckily, the event is well staffed and prepared for all of this; with first-aid pit stops in every direction, hydration stations and security just about everywhere, there’s no doubt that safety is one of Warped Tour’s top priorities. The traveling road show has become one of the hottest (literally) music festivals of the summer to attend, and remains to be one of the most organized festivals overall.
One of the greatest things about this festival is you come to see your favorite bands, and by the end of the day you leave with having discovered a few new ones. A few of my personal favorite headliners at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH included: Bless The Fall, American Authors, Our Last Night, Neck Deep, Beartooth, Dance Gavin Dance, and Andy Black. All day long, there was hardly any stage that didn’t have a huge turn out. Although it would take too long for me to list all of the bands that were a huge success, a few bands that I noticed really drew in the crowds with phenomenal performances included Set It Off, Watsky, Too Close To Touch, Sylar, Being As An Ocean, Emmure, and Hands Like Houses. And of course, I couldn’t leave without adding a few new bands to my list of favorites. There were plenty of bands that I had heard of but never got the chance to see live before this summer. A few that I think are worth checking out include: Sworn In, Futuristic, War On Women, and Boston Manor. Despite being a bit cramped, there were no fights or problems with any of the crowds. The festival overall was filled with positivity and joy, and looked more like one giant family reunion.
It’s safe to say that 2017 has brought yet another successful year for the Vans Warped Tour team. With the growing variety of artists the festival has brought this summer, I look forward to seeing what kind of lineup Warped will bring us next year. For those who are still undecided on whether or not to attend, you can check out more information on the festival by going Vanswarpedtour.com. If you’re like the rest of us and waiting patiently for next year’s Warped Tour, you can click on the links below and stay up to date by following Vans Warped Tour on just about any social media account, as well as downloading the Vans Warped Tour app.