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Festival Review and Photos: Rock On The Beach at Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY

This past weekend, I piled into the car with my friends & headed to Wantagh, New York to attend the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. For us, Warped Tour is truly the best day of the year because you get to see nearly 100 bands live, discover neat new clothing lines and meet your favorite artists for just $50.

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Once we arrived at the festival, it was a nice surprise to see that the lines were not too long and they were getting people inside quickly. As we walked in there was already a huge pile of donations for “Feed Our Children NOW!” that warped-goers donated in exchange for “skip-the-line” passes. Once inside, we raced to the legendary red blow up sign with all the performance times. A few summers ago, they added a second main stage which makes it easier to see your favorite bands.

One dramatic difference was in the clothing worn by fans. There was too much booty hanging out of shorts, bras worn as tops, several hot dog costumes and other strange, full-body suits and piercing in places I didn’t know you could get pierced. There was also the addition of “no moshing/crowd surfing” signs. The signs didn’t seem to stop artists from encouraging it or stop fans from making their way to center stage for a high-five from their favorite bands.
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Attila’s set should come with a “viewer discretion is advised” warning. Frontman Fronz certainly has a unique style. Complete with smiley face knee high socks, neon shoes, pink hair and a purple hat, you would never guess the brutal rapping and screaming which comes from inside of him. Their set list included “Party With the Devil,” “Middle Fingers Up,” “Rage,” “Payback,” and “About That Life.” Almost like a god, Fronz directed the crowd to throw their middle fingers up, shout “666, party with the devil!” and created a large circle pit with hundreds of people. After watching their set, you may need to find your own god and ask for a little forgiveness for enjoying their set so much.

“I know a ghost” were the well-known words that kicked off The Devil Wears Prada’s set. Frontman Mike Hranica and the rest of the band know how to put on a crazy show as Hranica runs around and gets into each song. Their set included “Danger: Wildman,” “Assistant to the Regional Manager,” “Outnumbered,” “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?” The set list was actually selected by fans on their website and the band closed their set out with “Mammoth.” After seeing them live, they actually became a favorite for the day and I would highly recommend everyone catching their next performance.

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One band I didn’t think I would ever get to see live was Yellowcard. Their album Ocean Avenue was released 10 years ago and got me into music. Finally seeing them live was a great experience for me and other fans alike. Now adorn with wedding rings and maybe a few grey hairs, the band played their hearts out on main stage. One thing that really makes them unique is the sound that violinist Sean Mackin adds. They played beloved songs including, “Only One,” “Ocean Avenue,” “Way Away,” and “Lights and Sounds.” Sometimes a few of the bands on main stage have not yet paid their dues, but Yellowcard put on an amazing show and deserved to be there.

After loosing Kyle Even, who was half of the beloved Breathe Carolina, it was hard to predict the future of the band going into their set; however, David Schmitt carried on and Breathe Carolina released a new album entitled Savages. A little more electric and with less screaming, the album is extremely fun to listen to, especially live. They got the crowd really going with two huge over-sized beach balls, floating rafts, and water guns. “Savages,” “Hello Fascination,” “Waiting,” “Collide,” “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing,” and “Blackout” were all performed in a fun, dance-party remix. Telle Smith from The Word Alive even made a guest appearance to cover Danny Worsnop’s vocals in “Sellouts.”

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Closing out the day on main stage was Of Mice & Men. A few years ago, I would have called myself a huge fan; however, after the departure of a few members, including Shayley Bourget, the band went for a change in sound. Their live performance at Warped this year and in 2012 fell short for me. It was difficult to make out what song they were playing and their presence was simply different.

Overall, many things have changed in the 20 years Vans Warped Tour has been on the road. Some changes for the worse, but mostly for the better. Each year founder Kevin Lyman makes sure the tour continues to grow, finding new artists and bringing back fan favorites you never thought you would get the opportunity to see again. Warped Tour is honestly the best day of the year for fans of the genre. It doesn’t matter who you are there to see or what niche genre they are in, at the end of the day, there are thousands of happy kids leaving at sunset, sunburned, sweaty and with memories to last a lifetime.

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Festival Review and Photos: Rock On The Beach at Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY

This past weekend, I piled into the car with my friends & headed to Wantagh, New York to attend the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. For us, Warped Tour is truly the best day of the year because you get to see nearly 100 bands live, discover neat new clothing lines and meet your favorite artists for just $50.

tumblr_n8mv6mzm9a1qf1k6ko2_1280
Once we arrived at the festival, it was a nice surprise to see that the lines were not too long and they were getting people inside quickly. As we walked in there was already a huge pile of donations for “Feed Our Children NOW!” that warped-goers donated in exchange for “skip-the-line” passes. Once inside, we raced to the legendary red blow up sign with all the performance times. A few summers ago, they added a second main stage which makes it easier to see your favorite bands.

One dramatic difference was in the clothing worn by fans. There was too much booty hanging out of shorts, bras worn as tops, several hot dog costumes and other strange, full-body suits and piercing in places I didn’t know you could get pierced. There was also the addition of “no moshing/crowd surfing” signs. The signs didn’t seem to stop artists from encouraging it or stop fans from making their way to center stage for a high-five from their favorite bands.
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Attila’s set should come with a “viewer discretion is advised” warning. Frontman Fronz certainly has a unique style. Complete with smiley face knee high socks, neon shoes, pink hair and a purple hat, you would never guess the brutal rapping and screaming which comes from inside of him. Their set list included “Party With the Devil,” “Middle Fingers Up,” “Rage,” “Payback,” and “About That Life.” Almost like a god, Fronz directed the crowd to throw their middle fingers up, shout “666, party with the devil!” and created a large circle pit with hundreds of people. After watching their set, you may need to find your own god and ask for a little forgiveness for enjoying their set so much.

“I know a ghost” were the well-known words that kicked off The Devil Wears Prada’s set. Frontman Mike Hranica and the rest of the band know how to put on a crazy show as Hranica runs around and gets into each song. Their set included “Danger: Wildman,” “Assistant to the Regional Manager,” “Outnumbered,” “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?” The set list was actually selected by fans on their website and the band closed their set out with “Mammoth.” After seeing them live, they actually became a favorite for the day and I would highly recommend everyone catching their next performance.

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One band I didn’t think I would ever get to see live was Yellowcard. Their album Ocean Avenue was released 10 years ago and got me into music. Finally seeing them live was a great experience for me and other fans alike. Now adorn with wedding rings and maybe a few grey hairs, the band played their hearts out on main stage. One thing that really makes them unique is the sound that violinist Sean Mackin adds. They played beloved songs including, “Only One,” “Ocean Avenue,” “Way Away,” and “Lights and Sounds.” Sometimes a few of the bands on main stage have not yet paid their dues, but Yellowcard put on an amazing show and deserved to be there.

After loosing Kyle Even, who was half of the beloved Breathe Carolina, it was hard to predict the future of the band going into their set; however, David Schmitt carried on and Breathe Carolina released a new album entitled Savages. A little more electric and with less screaming, the album is extremely fun to listen to, especially live. They got the crowd really going with two huge over-sized beach balls, floating rafts, and water guns. “Savages,” “Hello Fascination,” “Waiting,” “Collide,” “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing,” and “Blackout” were all performed in a fun, dance-party remix. Telle Smith from The Word Alive even made a guest appearance to cover Danny Worsnop’s vocals in “Sellouts.”

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Closing out the day on main stage was Of Mice & Men. A few years ago, I would have called myself a huge fan; however, after the departure of a few members, including Shayley Bourget, the band went for a change in sound. Their live performance at Warped this year and in 2012 fell short for me. It was difficult to make out what song they were playing and their presence was simply different.

Overall, many things have changed in the 20 years Vans Warped Tour has been on the road. Some changes for the worse, but mostly for the better. Each year founder Kevin Lyman makes sure the tour continues to grow, finding new artists and bringing back fan favorites you never thought you would get the opportunity to see again. Warped Tour is honestly the best day of the year for fans of the genre. It doesn’t matter who you are there to see or what niche genre they are in, at the end of the day, there are thousands of happy kids leaving at sunset, sunburned, sweaty and with memories to last a lifetime.

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