Well as the summer draws closer, we were all patiently awaiting the lineup announcement of the final full run of the Vans Warped Tour. I was actually driving home when they dropped the lineup, and I actually had to pull off the road and see this one for myself. Here are a couple of the bands I feel everyone should pay attention to on this run!
Waterparks (Journeys Left Foot stage): I have been lucky enough (no pun intended) to see these guys four times up to this point. I actually saw them when they were on Warped Tour in 2016. These guys are one of the best live acts I have seen in my five years of going to shows. They bring an innocence to the stage that translates well with the primarily teenage environment of Warped Tour. They are incredibly genuine in their performances and I feel that anyone who likes a good pop-punk show would have a blast at Waterparks’s Warped Tour set.
As It Is (owly.fm stage) : I saw As It Is when I saw Waterparks this past November. I had met Patty and Ben at Warped Tour in 2015 but had a TEI class during their set, so I missed it. Seeing them at the Granada in Lawrence I feel gave me a great grasp on how energetic and unpredictable this band can be. Their fans are die-hard and give every ounce of love they can to these guys, making for one great crowd experience. I am so excited to see what their Warped Tour set is like.
Motionless In White (Mutant White Lightning stage): I will never again pass up a chance to see Motionless In White. These dudes are absolutely INSANE on stage and I have so much respect for what they are capable of. I again am super excited to see their Warped Tour set. I think that the band will be able to be much more raw and stripped down for this tour, and I would really like to see that side of them, even though I know they are a very theatrical band. I think they have the ability to be incredibly diverse in their performance and I am excited to witness that first hand, and I think everyone really is.
Ice Nine Kills (Mutant Red Dawn stage): I have yet to actually see these guys live, and it kills me…again…no pun intended. I am so anxious to see them. I have listened to them for about two years now and have had about three chances to see them and they never worked out, which is incredibly sad. I am a huge fan of how these guys work their songs and Spencer’s vocals. I think that these dudes will be absolutely fantastic on Warped Tour and I can’t wait to see their set.
This list could go on and on, but I will let you guys have your favorites and I hope you all get the chance to check out these four bands and many more on this final full run of Vans Warped Tour!