In Jason Bracelin’s Sizzling Warped Tour remains ageless, he describes Vans Warped Tour in Las Vegas as, “ an endurance test, equal parts punk rock boot and summer camps.” Vans Warped Tour brings that appeal to concert goers. This is the exact appeal on why I attended this year’s Vans Warped Tour: Live music, surrounded by people who enjoy the same things as I do, and meeting artists from different states and even countries. I was surrounded by my favorite bands that I have been listening to since middle school and have met some pretty awesome artists who I have never heard of. This is my second year attending and enduring the hot summer heat of Vans Warped Tour Las Vegas. It is definitely different than the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, Cali. and Salt Lake City, UT.
Vans Warped Tour started in 1994 as a small punk rock tour. As it grew bigger in popularity, different genres, besides punk rock, have encompassed more the tour. The mixture of music consisted of reggae, ska, screamo, pop rock, Christian death metal, dubstep and more. With the broad spectrum of genres of music, the Vans Warped Tour definitely unites concert goers and listeners. The tour is a summer long tour starting from Salt Lake City and ending in Portland, Oregon.
This year’s Vans Warped Tour was the highlight of my summer, besides the 100+ degree weather. Throughout the day, there was little separation between the artists and the audience. The scorching hot weather hitting the black pavement made the day unbearable but so worth it. Whoever lasted from noon to 11 at night, were the star troopers (me!). At the end of the day, I have seen over 20 bands, have gotten three shades darker, a pounding headache, but awesome memories I shared with my friends and new friends I have met. Everyone was united in one place listening to music, dancing, and not having a care in the world of who is watching. It shows in the video that I have made from that day’s events. The Vans Warped Tour is a great way for people to have fun and listen to music at the same time.
Quoted from Bracelin’s article by Justin Sane from Anti-Flag, “A lot of people say this generation doesn’t stand for anything, but in 105 degree heat in Las Vegas, you’ve shown that we can all come together.”