The scorching summer heat and humidity that shook Orlando’s Central Florida Fairgrounds certainly didn’t keep crowds from going to watch their favorite bands at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. From sweaty teenagers, to young adults in their underwear, all kept cool under the shade of trees, re-filling their water bottles over at the Klean Kanteen tent– who provided free filtered water stations, dropping through the Slip-N-Slide, and taking a nice shower at the mist tents. Even security guards at the barricades helped out fans by handing out food and water.
Warped Tour brought a lot of variety to the mix, everything from reggae bands like Pepper to metal heads such as Black Veil Brides. Also hitting the Orlando line-up were Florida natives: Against Me!, A Day To Remember, Go Radio, and Less Than Jake.
Alternative Hip Hop group Gym Class Heroes made everyone feel like family, not only by engaging with the crowd through hits like “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Cookie Jar”– were lead singer Travie McCoy let his hands wander down his pants various times, but actually making the crowd engage with each other– “I want everyone to turn to the person on their right and give them the biggest hug you’ve ever given someone in your life,” said McCoy. Everyone did comply– exchanging sweat with a stranger while surrounded by music didn’t feel so bad after all. Well, many people probably hit up the mist tent after that one.
Warped Tour not only brings in big headliners, it also serves as advocate for smaller and independent acts. The Earn It Yourself workshop and showcase gives people a chance to exchange music, all while learning about the local music scene and meet industry experts.
After 17 years, one thing is for sure, Vans Warped Tour knows how to bring good music to every state, all while taking care of their concert-goers– keeping the ticket prices reasonable, and of course maintaining everyone well hydrated.