Festival Photos + Review: Vans Warped Tour 2015 at Jones Beach (Wantagh, NY)

Vans Warped Tour 2015
Transit (Stoneham, MA), Hundredth (Myrtle Beach, SC), Man Overboard (New Jersey), Citizen (Toledo, OH / Detroit, MI), The Wonder Years (Philadelphia, PA), Miss May I (Troy, OH), August Burns Red (Lancaster, PA), Knuckle Puck (Chicago, IL), Neck Deep (Wrexham, UK), PVRIS (Lowell, MA), ’68 (Atlanta, GA), Emarosa (Lexington, KY), As It Is (Brighton via Minneapolis), Moose Blood (Canterbury, England), Pierce The Veil (San Diego, CA), and Never Shout Never
July 11th, 2015
Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY

Warped Tour is always one of the most fun days of the entire year!  This year I got to catch a few bands I’m a long time fan of, as well a few that I’ve never heard before.

Luckily I got there early because Transit went on a few minutes after doors opened. This was my first time seeing them since the departure of guitarist Tim Landers last year, but they got a solid replacement and are just as good without him.  They played a few of their most popular songs, including “Long Lost Friends,” “All Your Heart,” and “The Only One.”  Their set was a great way to start my day.

Next up was hardcore band, Hundredth.  I don’t typically listen to their genre of music, but they’re such great musicians that it didn’t matter and I surprisingly really enjoyed their set.  They put on a fantastic show.

Man Overboard played one of my favorite sets of the day.  They played new songs off Heavy Love, which came out two weeks ago, to classics like “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing,” to everything in between.  Fans sang and danced along the entire time and I had such a fun time!

Citizen had to deal with a lot of technical difficulties throughout their set, but they didn’t let that stop them!  They pushed through and ended up having to play mostly older songs, but no one seemed to mind.  Despite all the problems, they still played a great set.

The Wonder Years was the band I was most excited to see.  I’ve seen them over twenty times, and every time is truly incredible.  During this set, they opened with “Dismantling Summer” and then played a mix of songs from all their albums, including their new single, “Cardinals.” Frontman, Dan Campbell always puts everything he has into every performance and it always sounds amazing.

Next I saw Miss May I for the first time.  I’ve never heard their music before but part of the beauty of Warped Tour is having the opportunity to see bands you wouldn’t normally see.  There were screaming girls everywhere during their set after watching Miss May I, it was easy to see why they’re so loved.

August Burns Red are no strangers to Warped Tour.  Like they seem to always do, they drew a huge crowd and played a flawless set.  They even had a dancing shark (like the ones from Katy Perry’s Superbowl half time show) to celebrate the Shark Stage!

I’ve seen Knuckle Puck multiple times this year already, and their set at Warped Tour was just as great as the other shows.  Knuckle Puck is the next big name in pop punk and if you don’t know them now, you will soon.

Neck Deep is another one of the many great pop punk bands on Warped Tour.  It was my first time seeing them as well and they killed it! There was a steady flow of crowd surfers and dedicated fans singing along as Neck Deep went through hit after hit.

I think out of everyone, I was most curious to see PVRIS.  There’s a lot of hype surrounding them right now, and they live up to it.  Lynn Gunn’s vocals are excellent and with a lack of women in this scene, it’s great having such a talented one who will no doubt inspire other women everywhere.  PVRIS is definitely one of the best bands on the tour.

’68 was one of those bands that I had no idea who they were, but once they came on stage and said, “Hi, we’re Metallica,” I knew I would love them.  They may just be a two-piece band, but their sound is still so full.  Not only do they sound good, but their stage antics are must-watch, from Josh throwing his guitar fifteen feet in the air to him making Michael leave the stage so he could play drums himself.

Emarosa is a another one of those must-see bands.  Bradley Walden probably spends more time in the crowd and interacting with fans than he does on stage and it’s so exciting to watch and be a part of.  It’s very clear how passionate they are about their music.

Next I saw British rockers, As It Is.  Even late on a hot day, they still brought so much energy to the stage. I checked them out on a recommendation and I’m glad I did because they were so impressive!  I’m already waiting for their next trip back to the states.

After that, I saw another band from the UK: Moose Blood. This year’s Warped Tour is actually the band’s first US tour, and thousands of other fans and I could not be happier about it.  After waiting so long to finally see them, they didn’t disappoint!  They played favorites from their newest release, I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, and it sounded incredible.  It’s only a matter of time before Moose Blood completely blows up.

It seemed like every person at Warped Tour came to see Pierce the Veil’s set.  Confetti shot out into the massive crowd as thousands of people sang along.  They played hits like “Bulls in the Bronx” and “King for a Day” and it ended up being one of the best sets of the day.

The last set I saw of the day was Never Shout Never. The first time I saw them was about seven years ago when it was just Christofer Drew and he went by “nevershoutnever!” so every time I see them now, I’m amazed by how much he’s grown as a musician.  This set consisted of new songs, old songs like “Trouble,” and even a “Seven Nation Army” cover.  It was the perfect way to end the day.

Thoughts?