Get Warped: ‘The Music Festival of Your Life’
June 16th through August 6th.
This summer at various locations across America join 68 world-known bands and artists at the music festival of your life. Bands like I Prevail, Barb Wire Dolls, Street Dogs and many more. Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys is a massive Rock festival that has traveled the country every summer since 1995 and is the longest running music festival in North America. From metal core bands like Attila to hiphop music from Sammy Adams, thousands of fans have attended this event each year and thousands have left with their minds blown. The music, the people and the atmosphere are what make this experience unforgettable. But don’t just take my word for it. I had the opportunity to interview a few people who have had the pleasure of attending this festival. Below are a few questions I was able to ask with some of their responses.
M365: What was your experience at Warped Tour? Was there anything that occurred that changed your view on the type of music played there? If so was it for better or worse?
“I went to warped tour for the first and only time in 2014 and have wanted to go back ever since. Its an entire day dedicated to a wide variety of rock/metal music and will be day I never forget. Not only were the bands good performance wise but they were also very friendly. I got to meet the band Yellowcard and they welcomed their fans with open arms. A moment I won’t forget! My view on the type of music played their beforehand was that it was punk bands only. I was blown away to see metal bands like motionless in white and parkway drive there. My perception of the music there has changed for sure, I see that it’s much more than a punk scene.” ~Patrick Devir
M365: What do you believe is the whole point of Warped Tour? What message has it been trying to convey since it began in 1995?
“The point of warped is to give everyone an affordable and fun place to gather to see their favorite bands and bond with fellow fans and get to know one another on a personal level.” ~Josh Eisen
M365: Do you believe this festival has an impact on our pop music culture today? If yes, how so?
“This festival does have an impact on the pop culture today. Some people go out to Warped never listening to any of the music there and come out buying CDs and downloading songs. It broadens people’s spectrums of music.” ~Stephen Bratsch
That being said I had met and conversed with a Warped Tour fan that worked the festival itself. I asked him what it was like to be able to help run the festival and what advantages he had? Did being an employee help him understand more in depth the festivals purpose and what did he learn from that experience? This was his response.
“I was able to get into the festival early every time and see the behind the scenes setup. The venues without stages or tents set up, bands lounging around and talking, etc. Depending on who I was working for or connected to, I could easily find myself in a VIP opportunity as well. Yeah, by working together with other people putting the show together, I was able to learn a lot about what goes into it and, more importantly, the kinds of people that work so hard to make it happen. Again, it’s a very open and inclusive community.” ~Hansel Romero
To some this is just a music festival, to others it’s, “Bringing like minded people together to have the time of their lives.” (Anthony Russo) Music has become an essential in the culture of todays world. Bringing all different types of people together to understand “one language.” So ladies and gentlemen, go, indulge and enjoy the lifestyle of Warped Tour. It may just warp your world.