Warped Tour 2013 – The Wrap Up

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As I’m writing this, its been over two weeks since I shot at Warped Tour 2013.  But honestly, it all still feels like it happened just yesterday.  The energy, the heat, the people, its all still pretty fresh in my mind.  In this post, I’m going to give a wrap up of what I experienced during my time at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, the one I had the pleasure of shooting at being at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey

From everything that I read, the first thing I was to do when arrived at Warped Tour was check out the giant inflatable with the schedule.

Presenting the giant inflatable in question:

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Hoping to get a paper schedule I could hold on to, I searched around, only to find they were selling them… for like $5.  Being as I had two DSLRs in my hands, I decided to just take a picture of the thing, and figure out my game plan from there.  I quickly noticed a few conflicts of interest (I missed out on Chiodos, Volumes, Crown the Empire, and a few others) but certain bands took priority; mainly letlive., August Burns Red, Bring Me the Horizon, and The Chariot.

For your convenience, I present links to all the bands I shot on my Warped Tour day, including links to all the pages:

All the photo galleries:

http://u000367736.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Warped-Tour-2013/C00004mjfkitIqfc

The Summer Set
– http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/18/the-summer-set-warped-tour-2013/
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Black Veil Brides – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/19/black-veil-brides-warped-tour-2013/ Rock band Black Veil Brides performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Woe,  is Me – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/18/live-music-woe-is-me-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band Woe, Is Me performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Oh, Sleeper – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/19/oh-sleeper-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band Oh, Sleeper performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

The Chariot – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/16/the-chariot-warped-tour-2013/
Mathcore band The Chariot performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)
We Came As Romans http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/18/live-music-we-came-as-romans-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band We Came As Romans performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (Chris Romano)
Attila http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/18/live-music-attila-warped-tour-2013/
Dethcore band Attila performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)
August Burns Red – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/15/august-burns-red-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band August Burns Red performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Upon a Burning Body – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/19/upon-a-burning-body-warped-tour-2013/Dethcore band Upon A Burning Body performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)
Sleeping With Sirens – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/15/sleeping-with-sirens-warped-tour-2013/
Post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

blessthefall – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/17/live-music-blessthefall-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band blessthefall performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Bring Me the Horizon – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/18/bring-me-the-horizon-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

While She Sleeps – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/23/while-she-sleeps-warped-tour-2013/
Metalcore band While She Sleeps performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

letlive. – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/15/letlive-warped-tour-2013/
Post-hardcore band letlive. performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)
Reel Big Fish – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/23/reel-big-fish-warped-tour-2013/
Ska Punk band Reel Big Fish performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Silverstein – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/19/silverstein-warped-tour-2013/
Post-hardcore band Silverstein performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)
The Used – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/15/theused_warpedtour_2013/
Pop punk band The Used performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

The Black Dahila Murder – http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/23/the-black-dahlia-murder-warped-tour-2013/
Melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder performing during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts stop in Holmdel, NJ on July 7th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

In addition, I wrote a little article about the “details” of Warped Tour, showcasing the custom in-ear monitors that many of the musicians wear: http://www.chrisromanophotography.com/2013/07/17/details-of-warped-tour-2013/ 

 

And now, Warped Tour 2013 story time, with pictures!

1: My Ears

If there is one thing I’m glad I had an abundant supply of (other than sunblock, which I smothered myself with before I even left my car), it is earplugs.  Why?  Because for many of the band’s I shot, I had this behind me:

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That’s right; hundreds of screaming teenage girls.  Just looking at this picture, I can still hear them.

 

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Teenage girls, as far as the eye can see.  And then one dude that’s there with his girlfriend or something.  Good on you dude.  Good on you.

 

 2: Caught in a Mosh

While there were plenty of pop-punk bands at Warped Tour, there were also plenty of metalcore and hardcore bands as well.  And with metal and hardcore, comes moshing and crowd surfing.

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The thing I especially enjoy about this one, is how this dude just didn’t seem to give a care that Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans was just a few feet away from him.  He got up against that guard rail to see his favorite band play music, and that’s where his eyes remained set.

 

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Even green man got his crowd surf on at times.  Of course confusing the hell out of the security.  But that’s what green man is meant to do.

 

3: Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink 

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Lines for days.  There were quite a few “free water refill” stations situated all around the festival.  The downside, being as it was about 95 degrees (Fahrenheit) out, everyone was always thirsty.  I for one, brought a bottle of water with me, and filled it up in a super secret area.  Only one time when I filled it up did I have to wait more than a minute to do so, and that was about a 3 minute wait.  These lines in the portable spots on the festival grounds though, had lines that easily would extend to an almost 30 minute wait.

 

4: The Tilly Stage and the Domo Stage

Certainly one of the weak points about Warped at PNC Bank Arts Center was how these two stages were set up.  They were next to one another, on the amphitheater stage, with tiny standing pits in front of the stage.  Granted, this was nice for those who wanted to take a break and sit while watching some music out of the sun, for certain bands, like Stick to Your Guns, it was a crappy situation.  (Jesse Barnett of STYG even mentioned that it was, but that didn’t stop them for making the best of it).

For me, I initially thought there was no photo pit, so I only shot a few things of The Action Item, Man Overboard, and Stick To Your Guns from far away.  I only found out later that there were photo pits, just tiny ones.  Oh well, lesson learned for next year.

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard‘s dad was in attendance for his son’s performance as well (the old gentleman standing in the orange shirt).  I thought that was pretty cool, especially when he son thanked his dad for getting him to that same stage that he had seen Blink 182 play on when he was younger and first went to the Warped Tour.

 

6: A Sea of People

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (Chris Romano)

Some bands drew massive crowds.  You can see in the reflection of Jesse Lawson’s sunglasses.  Sleeping With Sirens was one of those bands.

And just think, last year during Warped Tour, Jesse proposed to his girlfriend in front of a sea of people this big…

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (Chris Romano)

Sometimes that sea of people got bored, and would start tossing bottles/cans among the crowd – like during the wait before Bring Me the Horizon

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Sometimes, you can even spot a certain someone who has a knack for hiding among a sea of people…

 

7: As the Sun Began to Set

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

And the sun began to fade out, everyone at the PNC Bank Arts Center was getting pretty drained.    Luckily, beach balls at the main stages kept people alive and going.

 

Crowd Surfing, Moshing and more shots from Warped Tour 2013 (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

And festival goers had a band they were just waiting for, like these Black Veil Brides fans.

 

 8: In The End

So how was it?  Hot as hell, loud as hell, but fun as hell.  Not once did I think, “I’m too old for this”.  The entire day I thought, “this is what I love doing”.  And that’s pretty awesome.

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And with that, I end with one of my favorite shots from my favorite band of the day, letlive.  Jason Butler an amazing performer, and I wish I could follow them around on their UK tour.

Please be sure to check out the full set galleries from each band I shot in the gallery above!

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