My editor and I had the awesome opportunity to head over to the Virginia Beach Warped Tour. Enthusiastic crowds were flooding the place by 11 am and let me say, the pace did not slow down as the day went on. From I Killed The Prom Queen to Have Mercy, the energy was inspiring. Though this year’s lineup was not what the people expected (including myself) I was really impressed with the not-so-known bands they did bring on.
A lot of bands were able to make a name for themselves and earn their stripes as Vans Warped Tour newbies. In a way, I think it was a turning point for Warped Tour. As we grow in this world of music, things change, new bands come about, and some fade into the background; though everyone may not agree, I think it was smart to switch things up this year and see how things went. No matter what, people are going to come out and see their favorite bands and head bang to some music. One band in particular that stole the show for me was Being As An Ocean. Something about their live performance changed the game for me. Joel Quartuccio, the lead vocalist, came out into the crowd and did not even hesitate to keep singing, it was simply incredible.
The Amity Affliction was another band that stood out and were by far one of the best I had seen that day. If you ever get the chance to see them live, it is a must! Overall the Warped Tour experience is hard to conjure up into words; nothing is better than being in the presence of some people that inspire our lives on a day to day basis and being able to hear the music live all in one day is beautiful.
Words By Tiffany Taylor