Last weekend the quiet town of Uniondale, NY was transformed into a roaring festival for Warped Tour’s 17th run. Starting at roughly 11AM and lasting until 9, music fans from around the tri-state area came together to party for 10 straight hours. Besides fantastic music set up at 12 stages, fans could enjoy carnival food, comedy, a large array of shopping booths, and a slip n’ slide to cool off. They even added a new Klean Kantine tent, which offers free filtered refillable water to stay hydrated!
Arriving a bit before doors opened, I was met with an immense crowd of people eagerly waiting to get in. When everyone was let in, I wandered through the merch tables set up behind the stages, and ended up spending a good chunk of my money at the Stheart, Choonimals, and Sleeping With Sirens tents. I then headed over to catch the first set of the day at the Kia Soul Stage. Of course, since everything is general admission, it was nearly impossible to get anywhere close to the front. Nevertheless, I stuck around to catch a few familiar songs, which were nothing less than perfect.
We Are the In Crowd took over Tilly’s stage next. The moment the humble, yet captivating, band walked onto the stage, the crowd went ballistic. There’s something about their seemingly simple lyrics about love and life that managed to captivate the entire crowd, as audience members fell under their spell while singing and dancing along to every song. I was glad to see that they sang some older hits such as “Never Be What You Want” and “Both Sides of the Story”, along with newer ones from his latest album Best Intentions.
After We Are the In Crowd’s astonishing set, I headed back to the Kia Soul stage to catch one of my old favorite metalcore bands, Of Mice and Men. The five piece band from California brought energy and passion to the crowd, which was packed. Pushing to the front to get a good view of the talented five, I was blown away by their incredible stage presence. The crowd went wild when they played their biggest hit, “Second and Sebring”. Crowd surfers were being launched out of the circle pit and the crowd was jumping around like crazy.
Once Of Mice and Men’s set was over, I grabbed some overpriced lunch (who pays 10 dollars for a small hotdog?!) and hung out at the Kia Soul Stage to catch Four Years Strong. Although I am relatively new to their music, I was instantly captivated by their talent. Everyone in the audience was thrilled as the band kept up the volume and quality, playing with almost record like perfection.
As the day was wrapping up and coming to an end, it was time to see the last band playing for the day; Taking Back Sunday. These guys are definitely not the same band they were in 2002. Going through a series of changes, specifically in their roster, the Long Island quintet has expanded and grown considerably. The harmonious melodies give off an organic feel that resonates through the crowd. It is safe to say this set was the icing on the cake of beyond flawless day.
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