The 10 Bands We Are Most Excited To See At The Final Vans Warped Tour
1. All Time Low: “Remembering Sunday”
All Time Low is hilarious, to put it simply. Their live performances are known for their witty banter between band members. An All Time Low concert is more than just music, it’s comedy and entertainment at its finest. Between the upbeat tunes and the personalities on stage, their set is bound to be entertaining. All Time Low will only be playing at three of the stops on Warped Tour, but if you can’t make it to one of those dates, they also have an upcoming tour with Dashboard Confessional later this summer. There are so many classic songs we could choose for this band, but we decided to slow it down a bit and look back at one of their older songs and definitely a classic, “Remembering Sunday” from their 2007 album So Wrong, It’s Right.
2. Crown the Empire: "Machines"
We can’t wait to see the moshpit that forms at this band’s set. Their heavy beats always get the crowd jumping and headbanging. Crown the Empire has also had some drama concerning the departure of a vocalist. Dave Escamilla left the band in early 2017 and Andy Leo took over as head vocalist. This change hasn’t seemed to slow them down however, and they’ll be headlining a European tour this fall after Warped Tour concludes. They’ll be joined by Volumes and Coldrain. For this band, we chose to add one of their classic songs, “Machines,” to our Warped Tour playlist.
3. Issues: “Mad at Myself”
You can’t make it to Warped Tour without an excessive amount of passion for music. Issues is no exception. Their sets are fun and full of energy. The passion they bring to the stage is contagious and it’s impossible to stand still in the crowd. Earlier this year the band announced the departure of vocalist Michael Bohn. Vocalists Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn had been working together since 2008. Both were part of the band Woe, is Me before leaving to form Issues. The band has explained this split as due to creative differences. While we (and many fans) hate to see Bohn leave, we are intrigued to see what these new, creative ideas will bring to the future of the band and their music. For this band we chose one of their most popular songs “Mad at Myself” from their self-titled album released in 2014.
4. Real Friends: "I've Given Up on You"
Illinois pop punk band Real Friends will undoubtedly put on an energetic performance. Expect lots of crowd surfing during their set from loyal fans screaming the lyrics. The band’s brutally honest lyrics will hit you where it hurts, but also fosters a sense of community in shared sentiments. For this reason, we picked “I’ve Given Up on You” to add to our playlist from the group’s 2013 Put Yourself Back Together EP. Lead vocalist Dan Lambton uses every inch of the stage, it is surely a set you won’t want to miss!
5. State Champs: “Dead and Gone”
This band never fails to raise the energy of any venue. State Champs always has a great stage presence and frontman Derek DiScanio is great at connecting with the audience. Their music is the perfect mix of punk and pop, easy to sing along to but also great for headbanging. This young band also has some exciting events coming up. June 15th marks the release of their 3rd studio album, Living Proof, just in time for the beginning of Warped Tour! In October, the band will embark on a headlining tour in Europe celebrating their new record. OS Mag looks forward to hearing new music from them at Warped Tour. Check out “Dead and Gone,” one of their newest singles off the album Living Proof.
6. The Amity Affliction: "All Fucked Up"
Be prepared for fast, upbeat rhythms and riffs with The Amity Affliction. Headbang and yell along with the Australian metalcore band as their screams are infused with melodic vocals. With microphone tosses and jumps to hype up the crowd, vocalist Ahren Stringer encourages audience participation. He frequently holds the mic out towards the crowd for fans to sing the words along with him, promoting an inclusive environment. Here we have featured their song “All Fucked Up” from the bands most recent album, This Could Be Heartbreak. Although this song is a bit slower than some of their other hits, we love the harmony and the band’s willingness to try different styles while sticking to their fundamental roots.
7. The Maine: “Taxi”
This rock band formed in 2007 and has gained critical acclaim, winning numerous awards from Alternative Press throughout the years, including Best Live Band. The Maine consistently lives up to that title. Their live shows are a blast filled with banter, bringing fans onto the stage to help out with songs, and of course dancing – the group loves to interact with the crowd. Everyone is sure to leave the set with a smile on their face – The Maine is irresistibly charming and even if you are unfamiliar with their music, it is more than likely that you will fall in love with them by the end of their performance. There is constant movement among all band members on stage with lead singer John O'Callaghan only stopping to belt out notes. We chose to include “Taxi” on our playlist, a catchy tune from their most recent studio album Lovely Little Lonely that dropped last year.
8. This Wild Life: “History”
This Wild Life is notably different than most other Warped Tour bands – the duo plays an entirely acoustic set. Although more mellow than other acts at the festival, the songs are grounded in a strong pop punk foundation in regards to tonal quality, themes and rhythm. These two California natives started this project in 2011 after their previous hardcore group disbanded. Gaffling with hard truths while promoting positivity, these stripped-down songs will get you in your feelings. Their live show is captivating and will take you to another place – it will offer a more reflective space during the hectic day at Warped as they provide laid back music to sway to, such as with their song “History” from their 2014 record Clouded. With a great attitude, these guys are all smiles. We love their willingness to take a chance and pursue a niche sound.
9. Tonight Alive: “Temple”
Tonight Alive brings a unique sound to the rock world. Jenna McDougall perfectly contrasts the heavy beats of rock with her softer vocals. This results in music you just can’t help but sing along to. Even more than the music, this band shows so much passion for their fans. They always take some time out of their set to talk to the audience – McDougall encourages the crowd to feel empowered and independent. This band brings great music, passion, and inspiration to all of their sets. Tonight Alive has a new album that debuted earlier this year, Underworld, so it will be exciting to hear some of their new music live. Their song “Temple” was released as a single in 2017 and appears on the Underworld album.
10. Waterparks: "Not Warriors"
This Texas pop rock band has had a breakthrough into the limelight of the scene in recent years and is a relative newcomer in comparison to many other acts that have been long-standing artists on the Warped Tour bill. Waterparks released their 10-track album Entertainment earlier this year and fans will certainly be excited to see these new songs performed live this summer – we are hoping they will play our personal favorite “Not Warriors” off the new record. This young band has a big future ahead of them and they are definitely ones to watch. Waterparks’ set will be dynamic and jam-packed with headbanging and jumping, be prepared to get a bit winded as you dance along with the band.