Van’s Warped Tour once again arrived in Mountain View, CA, and although the date was moved from June to August, the powerful atmosphere still remained throughout the day.
As always, the tour garners long lines of diverse people; from small children to grandparents still full of angst, hundreds made their way to Shoreline Amphitheatre harboring excitement as the day begins.
Of the seven stages to choose from, I began at the Monster Energy North stage to shoot Atreyu. The band played off their latest album “Long Live” and delivered a hell of a show. Constant energy to kick off the lineup even turned into the lead singer vaulting into the crowd and breaking up a fight in the pit while reminding everyone that Warped is a place to enjoy yourselves around other diehard music fans.
Moving to the Monster Energy South stage to catch the end of the Chelsea Grin set rewarded me with both newly released songs such as “Clickbait” as well as the classics like “My Damnation”. CG was not nearly as interactive with the crowd as the previous band but matched their liveliness in exhibiting deathcore at its finest. Squeezing through the crowds I made my way to the Cyclops stage to wait for the much anticipated Ghost Town. I regret not seeing them in 2014 and wasn’t going to miss them this year! The set was filled with favorites, both new and old and I found myself singing along to the captivating synths and rock lyrics.
Hauling my gear back to the Monster North stage was a chore as people were already crowding to hear Ice Nine Kills. Not listening to the band before left me in for a wild surprise as they had mastered the combination of soft ballads and vivid metalcore leaving listeners fully invested in each song.
At about 2:00 pm, I found my spot behind the Cyclops stage, to get acquainted with the lead singer of a band name SYKES. Having full access to shoot wherever I wanted, meant stage access. This poppy London band put on a very fun and lighthearted show for the small crowd gathered and definitely added some style to the punk and metal founded tour. A very underrated and talented band that has tons of potential.
Vanna was a band that seemed to have a smaller following but still packed a punch. The lead singer was very adamant about being connected with his fans by hanging on the sound tent right in the middle of the audience and reminding everyone of their free signing as they believe “…you shouldn’t have to pay money to meet people” Hats off to that, let’s see more artists doing this.
Marina City was also a smaller band who also shows potential to break out into the poprock scene with some great dance moves and clean vocals paired with aggressive guitar riffs. I was piqued enough to purchase a CD for myself – it was that good!
As the end of the day neared, many fans were loyal enough to wait for Motionless In White to conquer the stage. They, like many bands mentioned, also played a new song called “570” much to the crowd’s delight. “Abigail”, an old favorite, was performed with the help of Spencer from Ice Nine Kills which was very enticing as the two vocalists kept the show alive and well up to the very end of the set. Onstage the metalcore duo made sure to give an all out power drive to make their lasting imprint at the end of the lineup.
A successful Warped Tour swept the nation finishing out 8/13 and giving small bands a chance to become known and fans the opportunity to see the groups they know and love live. A big thanks to Kevin Lyman and all the bands, crew, and sponsors for a great 2016 tour!