Scheduled to perform are performances and DJ sets from Dashboard Confessional, Seahaven, Fakers, and Have Mercy, and DJ sets from Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Jack Barakat (All Time Low), Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance), FIDLAR, Sugarcult, We Are The In Crowd, and more.
Other nights scheduled are posted below:
Dec 01: The Echo + Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 08: The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Dec 15: Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Another year has arrived for the Vans Warped Tour full of anticipation and excitement to hit the summertime across North America. This year’s edition maintains their tradition of youth oriented angst filled music (or whatever the kids call it these days) and carving a path for the next batch of rising stars on the scene. Thanks to photographer Kevin Estrada for shooting these two dates of Warped tour for Ghost Cult!
The main stages (Shark and Unicorn) showcased the main attractions on the tour, ranging from the pop punk acts (The Wonder Years) to the screamo/emo (Pierce The Veil, Blessthefall) to the crossover half melodic and half aggro (We Came As Romans) to the harder sounding (August Burns Red) managed to keep the kids bouncing around in the crowd and rarely laying low.
Tour veterans Motion City Soundtrack made their brief California run appearance, showing the crowd how things are done on this tour. Metro Station (featuring Trace Cyrus, son of country performer Billy Ray Cyrus), melodic punk act Man Overboard, and hardcore outfit Fit For A King all set the pace for the day with their respective sounds while keeping the crowd engaged.
The main acts on these stages won over the crowd throughout the day. Memphis May Fire got the crowd into a high with their half heavy yet melodic styling that struck a nerve with them; Attila, led by their enigmatic frontman Chris “Fronz” Fronzak and his guitar crunching yet Eninem-esque “meth” suit bouncing along with the crowd; Black Veil Brides and their legions of die hard fan base singing along to every word; and Miss May I and their modern metallic sound that got the crowd worked up later on in the day.
While the main stage had their moments going on, there were a number of side stage acts making noise of their own. The Monster Stage housed their own brand of chaos throughout the day, as Senses Fail, Being As An Ocean, Beartooth, Mallory Knox and The Amity Affliction all got the pit crew throwing down alongside each band and rarely letting down. The harder driving acts such as hardcore outfit Hundredth had the pit kids going in effect, while veteran Canadian post hardcore act Silverstein had their mix of longtime fans as well as newbies who both showed their appreciation for the band. Australian metallic hardcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen appeared to be bass player less, but that didn’t stop them from bringing out their At The Gates meets hardcore stomp to these fans. British metalcore act While She Sleeps briefly were down a singer (ie visa problems kept frontman Lawrence Taylor making a late start on the tour) but friends pitched in to lend a helping hand and fans didn’t even notice. Plus Escape The Fate closed out the evening with their eclectic brand of punk meets screamo meets modern metal that got the late comers their last bit of a sweat.
On the other stages, indie hip hop acts MC Lars gave a lesson in nerdcore with rhymes about video games and Game of Thrones (ie his latest single “Dragon Blood), while Kosha Dillz brought out his East Coast blend of Spanish, English and Hebrew rhymes; and electro-DJ-performance duo mystery men Drama Club put on an interesting performance that combined part Blue Man Group-esque percussive moments with part electronica meets EDM moments and spontaneous bursts of energy that kept the interested crowd on its feet.
The Journeys Stages found Juliette Sims and Night Riots wowing the crowd with their high energy sets, while hotly tipped electro pop outfit PVRIS became one of the much talked about acts on the tour and their set did not disappoint. Hip hop act Riff Raff put on quite the entertaining show on this stage, with his colorful summertime dress and animated raps to get the crowd bouncing along.
New York alternative rockers The Karma Killers stood out amongst the vast number of acts performing on the Ernie Ball Stage, with their fresh take on classic pop-punk, rock, and alternative rock with an energetic stage show. While they are newly signed to Island/Def Jam and new to the scene, they showed that they could one day end up on one of the larger stages in the new future.
The Acoustic Basement easily became an area largely for shade against the sun, but while most of the acts attracted stragglers throughout the day, Canadian singer-songwriter Saywecanfly and Brian Marquis were two of the acts who attracted a decent sized crowd throughout the day. Saywecanfly attracted a packed tent and entertained the audience with his emotion filled lyrics that got his largely female audience awaiting with anticipation.
Overall, this year’s edition featured a good mix of repeat acts moving up to larger stages, as well as a number of fresh faces to the scene. It is a positive sign to see new acts on the rise at a time when the music industry is struggling to attract new acts to the public. Hopefully someone is paying attention to this tour to see that there is a new generation of artists on the rise.
The Chicago Riot Fest 2015 will be happening on September 11-13, 2015 at Douglas Park. More artists are expected to be announced, including one more headliner who has yet to be announced.
No Doubt Faith No More Iggy Pop Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle) Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Motörhead Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves) Tenacious D Billy Idol Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix) Alkaline Trio Coheed And Cambria Taking Back Sunday Rodrigo y Gabriela Drive Like Jehu Merle Haggard Flogging Molly Slightly Stoopid L7 Alexisonfire Thrice The Dirty Heads Stephen “Ragga” Marley The Academy Is… (performing “Almost Here“) The Lawrence Arms Kongos Cypress Hill Echo & The Bunnymen Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band The Devil Wears Prada Yelawolf Pennywise The Airborne Toxic Event Manchester Orchestra Eagles Of Death Metal Anthrax De La Soul The Damned Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness New Politics Mayday Parade Jimmy Cliff Against Me! Babes In Toyland Ok Go Bayside Mest Andrew W.K. Desaparecidos The Joy Formidable The Dead Milkmen Atreyu Fidlar Millencolin American Nightmare Swervedriver Lee Scratch Perry Gwar Less Than Jake The Expendables Living Colour The Thurston Moore Band Morgan Heritage Lifetime Benjamin Booker Fishbone Death Doomtree Hum Tarrus Riley Mariachi El Bronx Civ Joyce Manor Every Time I Die The Movielife The Dwarves (performing “Blood Guts And Pussy“) Tommy Stinson Steve Ignorante & Paranoid Visions Real Friends The Dear Hunter Kevin Devine Mustard Plug The Ataris Jo Mersa Into It. Over It. Alvvays The White Buffalo Black-Am-I Skip Marley Knuckle Puck Post Mallone With FKI Jazz Cartier Marmozets Modern Life Is War Fit For Rivals Barb Wire Dolls The Coathangers Flatfoot 56 Teenage Bottlerocket Prayers CHON Counterpunch Have Mercy Speedy Ortiz Superheaven White Mystery Foxing Direct Hit! Main Attrakionz Ground Up Skinny Lister Beach Slang Cayetana Alex Wiley Heems Dirty Fences Blis Sleep On It The Brokedowns Meat Wave Psalm One Northern Faces Dreamers Souvenirs Elway
Indian Handcrafts Skating Polly Signals Midwest Modern Chemistry Faulkner Pears Gateway Drugs Tasha The Amazon Foxtrott Twin River Clowns Indian School Die Selloutz The Municipal Drainage Project
Special performances will also be made by The Rock-Afire Explosion and the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.
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Have Mercyis streaming a Taylor Rambo shot live music video for “The Place You Love,” taken during their spring headlining tour with Head North, You, Me & Everyone We Know, and Weatherbox and is off of their latest album A Place of Our Own, out now via Hopeless Records. The band will be taking part on this year’s Vans Warped Tour and dates are posted below.
Jun 19: Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
Jun 20: Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
Jun 21: Ventura County Fairgrounds – Ventura, CA
Jun 23: Quail Run Park – Mesa AZ
Jun 24: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 25: Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 26: Nrg Park Main St. Yellow Lot – Houston, TX
Jun 27: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Jun 28: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
Jul 01: Tennessee State Fairgrounds – Nashville, TN
Jul 02: Aaron’s Amphitheater At Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul 03: Vinoy Park – St.Petersburg, FL
Jul 04: Coral Sky Amphitheatre At The South Florida Fairgrounds – Miami, FL
Jul 05: Inker Field – Orlando, FL
Jul 06: Morocco Shrine Auditorium And Grounds – Jacksonville, FL
Jul 07: Pnc Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Jul 08: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 09: First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10: Susquehanna Bank Center – Philadelphia, PA
Jul 11: Nikon At Jones Beach Amphitheatre – New York, NY
Jul 12: Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
Jul 14: Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
Jul 15: Darien Lake Pac – Buffalo, NY
Jul 16: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 17: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul 18: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Jul 19: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul 21: The Pavilion At Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Jul 23: Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Jul 24: The Palace Of Auburn Hills Parking Lot – Detroit, MI
Jul 25: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
Jul 26: Canterbury Park – Minneapolis, MN
Jul 27: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Jul 28: Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 29: Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Jul 30: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Kansas City, KS
Aug 01: Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 02: Pepsi Center Parking Lot – Denver, CO
Aug 05: Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot – San Diego, CA
Aug 07: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR
Aug 08: White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA
The Vans Warped Tour announced eight more artists at the kickoff party at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA this past Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The acts confirmed include:
Senses Fail Miss May I H2O (08/07-08/08) Knuckle Puck The Bunny The Bear (07/26-08/08) Kaya Stewart (07/15-08/08) TAT (06/19-07/01) Macy Kate (07/02-07/04, 07/06)
They joined previously confirmed acts:
Asking Alexandria Black Veil Brides Attila August Burns Red Memphis May Fire We Came As Romans Blessthefall Hundredth I Killed The Prom Queen ’68 Beartooth Sirens And Sailors (07/14-08/08) Slaves (07-14-08/08) The Amity Affliction Neck Deep Palisades Fit For A King Crossfaith Rotting Out Escape The Fate Being As An Ocean Silverstein Mallory Knox Drama Club False Puppet (07/23-08/08) A+ Dropouts (06/19-07/03) Man Overboard Citizen Carousel Kings (07/14-08/08) Emarosa (06/19-07/12) New Years Day Set It Off Kenneths MC Lars The Ascot Royals (07/01-07/08) Rivers Monroe (07/04-07/21) Svetlanas (07/29-08/08) The Karma Killers Mod Sun Bebe Rexha PUP (07/01-07/29) Youth In Revolt Juliet Sims Koo Koo Kanga Roo Metro Station Never Shout Never Night Argent (06/20-06/28, 08/01-08/08) Riff Raff Candy Hearts BoyMeetsWorld Ho99o9 Major League Motion City Soundtrack (06/19-06/21) While She Sleeps Hands Like Houses Le Castle Vania Have Mercy Our Last Night ChrisB PVRIS Alvarez Kings Moose Blood New Beat Fund Jule Vera Seaway This Wild Life The Dirty Nil Born Cages The Wonder Years Icon For Hire Baby Baby Matchbook Romance (06/19-07/11) The Relapse Symphony (06/19-07/12) Black Boots M4Sonic As It Is Night Riots Transit Beautiful Bodies Splitbreed Handguns Kosha Dillz Alive Like Me Family Force 5 Lee Corey Oswald Trophy Eyes
‘Acoustic Basement Stage‘: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties American Opera Brian Marquis Buttons Grey Gordon Koji Meghann Wright Onward, etc. PVRIS (dates TBD) SayWeCanFly Speak Low If You Speak Love (07/09-07/14) Transit
‘Comedy Tent‘: Grant Cotter Beth Stelling (06/19-06/26) Chase Bernstein (06/27-07/12) Dave Ross (07/01-07/12) Eli Olsberg Eric Schwartz (07/26-08/08) Sammy Obeid (06/19-06/28) Sandy Danto (07/26-08/08)
Alcoa’s Parlour Tricks will be out on February 24, 2015 via Bridge Nine Records. They will be out on their first ever US tour supporting Porch Step.
Alcoa dates w/ Front Porch Step, Have Mercy, Head North, Brigades [2/24-3/8], Hotel Books [3/10-3/18]:
Feb 17: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 18: Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Feb 19: The Pike Room at The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Feb 20: Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
Feb 21: Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
Feb 22: La Vitrola – Montreal, QC
Feb 24: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
Feb 25: The Space – Hamden, CT
Feb 26: The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27: GameChangerWorld – Freehold, NJ
Feb 28: The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
Mar 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Mar 03: Broadberry – Richmond, VA
Mar 04: Visulate Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Mar 05: Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
Mar 06: 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 07: Backbooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 08: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 10: Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Mar 11: Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 13: Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
Mar 14: Strummers – Fresno, CA
Mar 15: The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 16: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Mar 17: Nile Half House – Mesa, AZ
Mar 18: Duke City Sound Stage – Albuquerque, NM
Mar 21: Woodland Tavern – Columbus, OH
Mar 22: Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH