I’m a big believer in the circular ideology of the world – what goes around comes around, the nature of karma, treat others how you want to be treated, put out good vibes and get good back, and all the other basic clichés that seem to define a fair amount of this generation. The thing is, with so many people praising these phrases of positivity and opportunity, maybe there’s something to it? I’d like to believe that my day at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour yesterday was proof.
The history of it all…
Everyone has their own oasis. One of mine just happens to be a long, hot, dirty day in the sun filled with punk rock bands. I’ve been going to Vans Warped Tour since 2008, when I was first discovering artists like All Time Low, We The Kings and Every Avenue. I attended the show with my best friend and we were both awestruck by the entire shenanigan. This was a whole world unlike anything we had ever encountered.
Since my first Warped Tour experience, I’ve been working tirelessly to stay up with the trends in the punk rock community, listening to the new artists, noticing the best brands and charities for collaborations, and, above all else, researching the record labels. As I reached college, I discovered that Fearless Records had the majority of my favorite artists signed to their namesake. It quickly became my dream to work for them one day.
Twist of Fate
In a completely unexpected twist of fate, Fearless Records was the name in the “Property Of” box on my wristband at the event yesterday. That was one of those small details that hits you, making you stop to think about how exactly you got to this very moment. The world works in mysterious ways. And, apparently, today I work in mostly clichés.
The 2016 Tour
It was my first experience in Pomona for the Warped Tour. I can say they have their parking and entrance process down to a science – definitely moreso than other festival spots. The food trucks available within the venue were top notch compared to the food stands I’m used to at the Midwest tour dates. Plus being surrounded by mountains and palm trees definitely has its perks.
The tour itself was fantastic, as always. Artists like Falling In Reverse, Mayday Parade, Real Friends, We The Kings and Sleeping With Sirens stole the show. The up-and-comers like The Color Morale, Waterparks, and Young Guns also put on acts that prove they’ll be main stage material in no time.
As always, I left the event sunburned, sore, voiceless, and tired beyond belief. It’s safe to say I haven’t slept as well as I did last night in months. The Vans Warped Tour is about keeping the passion, excitement, and community of punk rock alive. This year’s tour kept that promise and made me happy as ever to be a fan.