Uniondale warped was pretty alright. Got there around 12, luckily didn’t miss anyone we really wanted to see. The heat was unbearable at first, but as the day went on a nice breeze came in. Biggest complaint was parking was $20 and water was $5 a bottle and not $3 like they said it would be and nothing was done about it. Most of the day, the line for klean kanteen was ridiculous, but luckily they had the concourse in the venue open and the lines for the water fountains were short.
First band I caught was Sharks, they sounded really tight live. I haven’t listened to them much, but after seeing them I def. want to start. Left about half way through their set to see Every Avenue. I’ve listened to them for a while and this was my first time seeing them, and I found it kind of boring. I guess, I just think they could of picked more up-beat songs to play in their set instead of some of the slower ones. “Whatever Happened to You?” and “Where Were You?” sounded the best.
Went to get some water, then it was time for The Wonder Years. I couldn’t believe the size of their crowd, they really had a rise in popularity over the past year. They sounded tight as usual and played a great set. My friend who never even heard of them until today said it was her favorite set of the day. By this point it was so hot outside and we didn’t really want to see anyone, so we spent the next hour inside cooling off. After that we went back out and felt really refreshed. Catched half of There For Tommorow's set, who had a nice stage presence. Of course “No More Room To Breathe” got the biggest reaction, and the new songs sounded good as well.
Then I had my only time conflict of the day, Set Your Goals, Gym Class Heroes, or Grieves. I’ve seen SYG 5 times, only know a few Grieves songs, and my friend wanted to see GCH so we went with them. Really fun set, played a good mix of songs. They brought the singer of Bad Rabbits out for “Cupid’s Chokehold”, which was pretty cool. They played “Billionaire”, which was disappointing to me because I think artists should keep their solo material and band material separate, otherwise why wouldn’t you have just released it with GCH? After that, We Are The In Crowd was doing a special acoustic set at the Vans Girls tent. It wasn’t mic’d, so I couldn’t really hear them, but they had a lot of people watching. Wasn’t really anyone I wanted to see, so I left my friend at August Burns Red and met up with my other friend to hang out with Gunz, which was funny because I didn’t know he had such a fan base.
Then was Terrible Things, it’s weird how a band made up of ex-members of popular bands isn’t that big. set was good, a lot of crowd interaction. I think they sounded tighter when Andy was in the band, but what are you going to do. They seemed really happy to be playing and more people came over as their set went on. Next was 3OH!3. I thought they’d be like really high energy, but they just didn’t sound that good. idk the crowd was having fun though and they brought people up on stage to do the robot.
Noticed the water refill line was practically empty so we went to get some and then got a sport for The Dangerous Summer. The Nintendo and Tilly’s stage were next to each other, so it was cool how the band’s interacted with the people waiting at the other stage. TDS is one of my favotrite bands and my fav. set of the day, I’ll never get sick of seeing them. The crowd was so into it and they played such a good mix of songs. They closed with “Of Confidence” and I couldn’t believe they played that, so amazing. The last lines of that song is seriosuly such a perfect way to end a set.
Stuck around to see Unwritten Law who put on a really fun set, to a really small crowd. Only know a few of their song, but the lead singer’s stage presence was somewhere between ridiculous and awesome, he likes to pose a lot. Matt and Ethan from Relient K came out out to help with one of UL’s older, faster songs which was really cool. I don’t think all the RK fans waiting at the Nintendo stage realized, and the singer of UL kept trying to get their attention which was funny. When they played “Seein’ Red’, I think the size of the crowd doubled. Honestly, they had the most energetic set of the day, which was interesting since they’re one of the older bands on the tour. Watched a few Relient K songs, they were really on point, and then left to beat out the traffic. Walked by the mainstage where ADTR we’re playing and I’ve never seen such a mass of people in my life. They were selling the Warped comps near the exit and they had a deal where you got that, The Hopeless Summer comp, a The Sounds remix EP, and the guy who was selling them band’s cd for $10, so I did that.
Overall I think last year was better, and warped still has some kinks to work out, but it was mostly an enjoyable day.
your remarks are well said, I also did an almost unnecessarily long post about it too, feel free to read it and discuss it with me. as a small musician I'm furious.
Everyone check out Jake’s post as well. He’s in unsigned bands, educated in the music business, and has provided even more great points.
I completely forgot that following Warped is how Mayday Parade got their start. How can someone deny a method that has helped earn a band respect and become relatively successful? I guess they “stole” their way to everything they’ve done instead of “earned it”. What’s funny is some of the people agreeing with Sarah’s post have worked with MP, so I guess they’re jobs are paid for through “thieves”.
I have had many debates in recent years about whether or not bands following the Warped Tour to promote themselves in the parking lot is “right” or “fair.” From my first summer on the tour until now, I have fought hard to prevent “leech bands” from sucking…
I usually don’t take the time to write things out like this, but this posting from a person/organization I thought was doing really great things, has just completely bothered me and changed my view. So please read all of Sarah Saturday’s post (and if you want check out the organization she runs) and then read my reaction. Form an opinion and post it, because you have a voice and should use it.
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. I’m sure there are some immature bands who are following the tour asking to play and sneaking in, which is unacceptable. But I guarantee there are a lot of hard working, DIY bands following the tour trying to make some money and get some new fans, and there’s nothing wrong with this. STEALING MONEY? Kids are going to spend money on what they want to, no one is forcing them to buy anything. If they decide to buy a band’s cd for a few bucks because they like what they hear, I guarantee they are still going to buy merchfrom the bands they came to see. These bands are most likely losing a lot of money by following the tour in a van, just so they can get their music out there. This is no different than someone walking the line at a show getting people to listen to their band or handing flyers out after show (And let me tell you I have found out about some great bands this way). And every band walking the line is not necessarily selling anything either. They’re promoting themselves like how it was in the old days, before technology came in to play, and more power to them for that. They could be working all summer at a shitty job, but instead they choose to follow their dreams and the tour, hoping that one day maybe they’ll be able to make a career off a music.
Last year, at my date, a band set up a tent and were playing as people came in. I thought that was great. What better way to get your name out there? To me, Warped Tour is supposed to be about a sense of community. But how is that supposed to happen if your rejecting bands who you could end up connecting with and love their music?
Let me tell you the story of a certain pop-punk band that followed Warped Tour last year. To those into the music, they often get referred to as one of the “hardest working bands out there”. This band has a strong DIY ethic and has been through so many problems, but keep on going. They followed Warped last year, while also playing shows in-between (so they could make some money due to the amount they’d be losing), in order to promote themselves. After following for a bit and selling cds to kids on line, they ended up becoming friendly with the dudes from some of the record labels on the tour and therefore began working their booths. Before the shows they would still walk the lines, but then they were also allowed to sell their EP at said record label’s booth. Now I don’t know how much they made that summer, but I would assume they broke even. A few months after the tour, the band signed with one of the labels they had helped out, released a new EP, and continue to tour relentlessly. Oh and said band’s new EP is being sold at the merch booth of their friend’s band who is actually on the tour right now. This just shows how positive following the tour can be and how if you work hard enough, you can get noticed.
"These bands are stealing money from ticket-buyers who are there to support the bands that have actually been booked on the tour"
I bring this up again, because this is bullshit. I obviously have never been on the tour, but I am a fan who has been to it, and it’s not hard for me to form an opinion based on experience. Does everyone realize there are labels and organizations on the tour selling other bands merchandise who aren’t on the tour? If “stealing money from bands on the tour” is the case, then why allow record labels on the full tour who have zero bands playing it? Or for that matter allow clothing companies who have nothing to do with anything? Maybe, fans of music (ticket-buyers) also like finding out about new bands and supporting those who are unsigned. I know people in unsigned bands who hustle their asses off, and I’m pretty sure they deserve as much respect, if not more, than those certain bands on the tour who have it easy and lip-sync their tracks.
" There is no reason you should not have to pay for a ticket like everyone else, in order to be there, no matter who you are or what your reasons are for being there. Until your band is invited by the tour to play on a stage, you are nothing more than a group of fans with flyers."
This is a very large statement. Someone who is just a “fan” is not going to work hard and ask kids to give them a chance by listening to their music. If this is your view than what is the point of street teams (and letting them be inside warped, sometimes for FREE)? I know EIY has one to promote Warped Tour, so say someone on said street team put flyers for Warped in a local business. Someone walks in and sees the flyer and instead of buying something, they decide to save their money and buy a WT ticket. In this sense, wouldn’t that be considered stealing from the business? Also, there is a lot of people who just hang out in the parking lot and don’t actually buy a ticket to the tour, so I guess those people don’t deserve to be there either.
This post to me seems the exact opposite of what the term “Earn it Yourself” means. When I hear that I think of the term Do It Yourself. That’s what, for the most part, these bands are doing. How do you think bands like The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals, Bad Rabbits, etc. got on the tour? By sitting on their asses waiting for something to be handed to them? No, by promoting themselves and getting their music out there just like these bands are doing and there’s nothing wrong with that.
It’s sad to see people who are in the industry and make posts about what it’s like and the bands they love, agree with this and with rejecting those who may just be the next big thing and they may be working with one day. I’m sure there are plenty of bands in it with the wrong intentions. But for every few of those, there’s the ones who are in it because they’re passionate and there’s kids willing to listen because they’re passionate too.
Personally I think everyone should support DIY work ethic, unsigned bands, and smaller labels just as must as the bigger ones they love. I challenge you, that if you go to Warped, get to know a band walking the line, they’ll be more than happy to talk to you. Check out a smaller label with a booth inside (may I suggest Topshelf if you’re at one of the dates they’re doing). Walk around the non-profit section and find out how you can get involved. And check out a band on the tour you never heard of, or a local band on one of the smaller stages who will most likely be out there on the line with signs and a CD asking you to give them a minute of your time.
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