One of the main reasons for my recent trip to New York was to go to Warped Tour and my whole trip was planned around this date. Warped Tour is a travelling festival which runs across around three months of the summer hitting up so many cities and states across America and Canada. The lineup is always a pop-punk lovers wet dream and the mass of stalls and merchandise is enough to make you poor.
On Saturday 9th July Warped hit up Wantagh in Long Beach, New York. When in Manhattan there are a couple of dates which are an hour or two’s journey away (including one in New Jersey) but the date of this one fit with me better. We booked a Rally bus through the festival which was only $20 for a return and took us from central Manhattan right to the festival and back again, such a great value!
After we took our coach to the festival we had about half an hour or so’s queue and then we made it in and it lived up to every expectation that I had. The layout of the festival was amazing with two main stages (North and South) which operate one after the other. Half an hour set on North as South sets up, then when one finishes the other starts straight away. These dual stages also had Monster Energy (North and South) and Poseidon/Cyclops (which did the same alternating) and the great thing about this is that there’s always music to watch regardless.
One of the great things is that the timings change every day and they aren’t revealed until you enter the festival in the morning. It’s designed that if you think a band you want to see isn’t on until 4pm you might not bother going until then missing out on loads of other great bands. This way you might catch something you wouldn’t usually.
Over the course of the day I seemed to see so many bands including State Champs, Issues, Set It Off, Emarosa, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Knuckle Puck, New Found Glory, Falling In Reverse, Tonight Alive, Waterparks and so much more and it was incredible. The bands were great, and it was amazing to see US bands play home town shows as it always feels different to UK crowds for some reason.
As the festival is generally aimed at teenagers it ended by 9pm which meant I was back in Manhattan by 10.30pm *result*. Sometimes those things you’ve been dreaming of on your bucket list don’t end up being as you expected but everything about Warped left me wanting to go again.