By Mario Corsaro
The Vans Warped Tour, currently in its 23rd year, continues its reign as summer’s premiere touring festival as it makes its trek across America .
This year’s lineup is loaded with big names, and due to the multiple stages running simultaneously throughout the day with times being under wraps until the morning of, it is not always easy to plan ahead and see everyone you want to see. So as the venue gates open and you make your way to the inflatable schedule filled with anticipation for a day of music and fun, here are 10 bands that are a must see to make your experience at Warped Tour a memorable one.
The costumed legends will surely leave fans covered in fake blood and are a can’t-miss at this year’s Warped Tour. Known for their gore-filled horror stage show and comedic personas, GWAR will definitely be putting the shock back in shock rock. You can catch them on every date on the tour.
The West Chester/Philadelphia natives return to the Warped Tour for the first time since 2000, fresh off their recent release, The Phoenix. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera, the band’s songs have been featured in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass. Who knows, maybe you will run into Phil and April at the merch tent as well.
Formed in 2012 by former Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo, the Columbus, Ohio metalcore outfit has seen a rising success and continues to be a standout in the scene. Blending metal with the styling of hardcore and punk rock, Beartooth are sure to draw some of the wildest crowds of the day.
Headlining an already stacked list of heavy acts on the bill this year, Hatebreed are to get the circle pits going. With their aggressive sound and energetic stage presence, fueled by crunching guitar riffs and the barking vocals of frontman Jamey Jasta, metal fans in attendance will definitely be left sore the next morning from all the headbanging.
- I Prevail
Warped Tour newcomers I Prevail are another highlight of the many metal acts taking the stage this year. Growing in popularity since their founding in 2014, the Michigan four-piece is breathing new life in the metal scene and is likely to become a future repeat performer.
Canada’s own Silverstein is playing Warped Tour for the eighth time. The band from our neighbors up north may have some surprises along the way for fans. At the Camden date this past Friday, the band invited GWAR bassist Beefcake the Mighty onstage, thus resulting in him “killing” bassist Billy Hamilton and taking his place.
- Andy Black
Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides founder and frontman, is going solo with his new project, Andy Black. Straying away from his hard rock and metal roots, Biersack is opting for a more stripped- down, pop rock formula. Expect Andy Black to attract a very diverse crowd.
- Bad Cop / Bad Cop
The all-female, So-Cal punk rockers may be coming in as an unknown to some, but rest assured they are going to make a name for themselves by tour’s end. With their skate punk look and attitude, Bad Cop / Bad Cop truly capture the spirit of what made Warped Tour so great in the late 90s and early 2000s. Don’t miss them!
- Memphis May Fire
Playing their fourth Warped Tour since 2012, Memphis May Fire continues to sustain their success as a recent tour staple. Look for these guys to find their way on many more Warped Tours in the future, as they consistently are a huge draw amongst the younger crowd.
- Too Close to Touch
Signing with Epitaph Records and releasing a debut EP in 2014, Too Close to Touch have emerged from their underground status in the post-hardcore and alternative scene. They return to Warped Tour this year, and will likely find their way back in the years to come.
To find tickets for a date near you, be sure to check out vanswarpedtour.com