Warped Tour is like Comic Con for music fans. It's big, confusing, there are a lot of pale people, and for most of us, it's the event of the year.My best friend Andrea and I got to the coliseum at 11:30, and the show was already off and running. There are so many stages and tents that it's easy to get lost in the chaos and give up on yourself, curling into fetal position on the asphalt as the flat-bottomed shoes of the world pass you by. Since the setlist and set up changes everyday, it's hard to plan ahead of time, so as you head to landmark stages, it's important to take note of the tents you pass, especially the free water refills at Sigg, the signing locations, and the companies you want check out. It's easy to miss something you want to do, so try to visit your favorite bands' booths as early as you can so you can get tickets for signings and find the signing locations.
Also, make sure your bag isn't full when you get there, because you'll need space for merch, tickets, and free swag.
Also also, I reapplied my sunscreen four times and still got burnt, so make sure to SPF it up.
At the Warped Roadies tent we got airbrush tattoos and by chance met Danny, one of the members of the set up crew. He liked our hair.
At the William Beckett tent, the merch guy was missing 90% of the time, which made completing my goal of meeting William Beckett very difficult (and at the end of the day a large group of us got stuck waiting for three hours while William was held up in interviews). But despite not getting to meet him officially after shooting his acoustic set, I did get something for my trouble. While Andrea and I went through our photos under the trees by the buses, William walked by, and when he smiled and waved at me, I almost had a heart attack.
Hanging around the buses is the best way to see band members, but don't hang around there if your planning on jumping on people for autographs. The buses are the safe haven for everyone on tour, and since they can't be home for two and a half months, you gotta treat that space like it's their house. So no sneaking on the buses. Unless you think it'll work. I'm not endorsing this. I'm just saying.
I'll have photos from the shows up soon, featuring photos of:
We Came As Romans
Sleeping With Sirens