The World Alive will spend this fall touring opening for Our Last Night on their 15th-anniversary tour. Other direct support acts on the tour are I See Stars and Ashland. The tour begins November 5th in Houston, Texas through December 8th in Orlando, Florida. The band is on tour supporting their 2018 release, Violent Noise, out now via Fearless Records. Continue reading
Download Festival 2019 has given fans an early holiday present with a mega lineup announcement today. Slayer will perform their final UK appearance at the festival next summer. Joining them are a spate of bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Eagles Of Death Metal, Alien Weaponry, Anthrax, Badflower, Black Futures, Blackberry Smoke, I Prevail, The Interrupters, Jinjer, and more. This follows the previous announcement of Tool, Slipknot, Def Leppard and others.The three-day festival takes place 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Continue reading
The Vans Warped Tour. Twenty-Three years of a traveling road show that showcases a plethora of bands. Some people thumb their nose up as it being full of emo wannabes or full of bands no one has heard before. But those people ignore the fact that this is an institution. Twenty-three successive years of promoting hundreds of bands on a full summer tour. It’s pretty much the longest most successful American festival; it rivals the festivals in Europe. Continue reading
The 2017 Vans Warped Tour was announced at their annual event at Full Sail University in Florida. CKY, Hatebreed, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Beartooth, Sick Of It All, Candiria, Anti Flag, GWAR, Memphis May Fire and more will perform. Tickets are on sale now for all dates with the full confirmed line-up and other info below.
Picturesque is streaming their new EP Monsterous Things, out November 20th via Equal Vision Records below. The track listing is below. They are currently on tour with Our Last Night, Palisades, and Hail The Sun, with dates below.
01: Monstrous Things
02: Just Exist
03: Speak Softly
04: Who We Are
05: One of Us
Nov 19: Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
Nov 20: Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Nov 21: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Nov 22: The Shelter – Detroit, MI
Nov 23: House of Blues (Cambridge Room) – Cleveland, OH
Nov 24: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Nov 25: La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
Nov 26: Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Nov 27: Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Nov 28: Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – New York, NY
Nov 30: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Dec 02: Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
Dec 03: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Dec 04: Backbooth – Orlando, FL
Dec 05: 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
Dec 07: Walters – Houston, TX
Dec 08: Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
Dec 10: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Dec 11: Soma Side Stage – San Diego, CA
Dec 12: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Dec 14: 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
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.
WORDS BY REI NISHIMOTO
PHOTOS BY KEVIN ESTRADA
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:
Miss May I
The Bunny The Bear (07/26-08/08)
Kaya Stewart (07/15-08/08)
Macy Kate (07/02-07/04, 07/06)
They joined previously confirmed acts:
Black Veil Brides
August Burns Red
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
I Killed The Prom Queen
Sirens And Sailors (07/14-08/08)
The Amity Affliction
Fit For A King
Escape The Fate
Being As An Ocean
False Puppet (07/23-08/08)
A+ Dropouts (06/19-07/03)
Carousel Kings (07/14-08/08)
New Years Day
Set It Off
The Ascot Royals (07/01-07/08)
Rivers Monroe (07/04-07/21)
The Karma Killers
Youth In Revolt
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Never Shout Never
Night Argent (06/20-06/28, 08/01-08/08)
Motion City Soundtrack (06/19-06/21)
While She Sleeps
Hands Like Houses
Le Castle Vania
Our Last Night
New Beat Fund
This Wild Life
The Dirty Nil
The Wonder Years
Icon For Hire
Matchbook Romance (06/19-07/11)
The Relapse Symphony (06/19-07/12)
As It Is
Alive Like Me
Family Force 5
Lee Corey Oswald
‘Acoustic Basement Stage‘:
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
PVRIS (dates TBD)
Speak Low If You Speak Love (07/09-07/14)
Beth Stelling (06/19-06/26)
Chase Bernstein (06/27-07/12)
Dave Ross (07/01-07/12)
Eric Schwartz (07/26-08/08)
Sammy Obeid (06/19-06/28)
Sandy Danto (07/26-08/08)