It's that time of year again, another round of Warped Tour has come to an end! Wisconsin being in the last week of Warped the last couple of years makes it feel a bit strange. You wait all summer for something and then it's over, just like that! This was my 10th Warped, so I was super excited though, and I'm happy it was a successful one at that.
I got to photograph the show for Buzznet for, I believe, the third year in a row. I can see myself improving and each year I shoot more bands and get even better photos! I'm really proud of some of these. I'm really devestated that this is apparently the last year of Warped Tour, so I hope I can start shooting other festivals, and regular shows, a lot more often.
Anyways, here's my roundup of the Milwaukee date at the Marcus Ampitheater from July 31st.
Obligatory blow-up schedule photo. A must for fans and photographers alike. People will try to sell you printed out schedules, which if you have $2, go for it, but I like the tradition of rushing to the schedule, getting a photo, and then quickly scribbling out which bands are playing where, and getting to those repsective stages! The only nice thing about the printed out schedule is that it has a map of stages. At Milwaukee Warped I know my way around, but the Chicago grounds are so big, I think I might take up that map offer there!
I started the day with MC Lars, just like I did in 2011! He always has so much energy and puts on an amazing show. The crowd was bigger last time, but he still brought just as much energy...and have I mentioned his drummer, John Thatcher Longely, is suuuuuuuper attractive? Because he is.
Man Overboard was really good. They do really well live, but I remember them being more energetic last year. Oh well, they're still a lot of fun and I need to check out their newer music.
The Wonder Years were a MUST SEE for me this year! I really love the album I have by them, and I need need NEED to get the rest of their music. They're fantastic pop punk and they're awesome live! I'm really happy with how these photos turned out. This one, in particular, has a relatively large amount of reblogs on tumblr. Go me!
Up on the catwalk behind the mainstages. It's crazy watching the crowd from up there!
Craig Owens from Chiodos, hell yes! I don't know how one man can be so adorable, but he is! I realized I've seen Chiodos way more times than makes sense for just a casual fan, but they put on a good show! I'm also really happy with my photos from their set.
So interesting story. Instead of giving me one photopass and two tickets, they gave me two photopasses and two tickets...thus Brianna had a pass with just a disposable camera. She followed me into the photopit for a band or two, and this was her first time photo pit face, haha.
I thought it would be fun to watch The Early November because I remember liking them in high school. Then I remembered that the only song I know is Ever So Sweet, which I don't think they played while I was watching, because I didn't stay for their whole set. Whoops!
Brianna and I were both really excited about seeing The Used. Despite the fact that I liked them a decent amount in high school, I think I only got to see them once, like half a set, at Taste of Chaos or something. I don't even remember really. So I was already pretty pumped to see them, hoping they would play old music, which they did! They ended up being my FAVORITE band I photograpehed that day. Their set was creative and unique from the intro with fans wearing neon ski masks, to Bert throwing powder paint all over the crowd...er...the photographers. I swear, I never saw so many cameras go down so fast! Then while performing he kept wiping up paint and smearing it on photographers faces, and each time everyone hesitated a little, thinking he would put it on a camera lense instead!
Taking my only significant break that day, on the rocks, with paint in my hair from The Used's set.
Brianna during our break splattered in paint as well.
During my "break" I ran over to shoot Crizzly, because why the hell not? Not really a fan though.
This was a band I was interested in seeing even though I only know one song by them from back in high school. Silverstein ended up being good for the two songs I stayed for before rushing to see Motion City. This is their guitarist, but damn, if I had known how much of a cutie their singer was, I think I would've listened to them a LOT more in high school, haha.
My boys! My band! Motion City Soundtrack, ladies and gentlemen! My favorite forever and all of time. Now, I always forget they are a different band headlining their own show vs playing a half hour at Warped. On their own they are chatty and silly and a lot more active. However, the guys seem to like to play as many songs as possible, which on Warped, leaves little time for chit chat. But they did play a great set, as per usual, a great variety of their songs, old and new. And, little to my knowledge (though I usually keep up on these things) it was Josh's birthday so Justin made up a birthday song for him. Super cute!
Reel Big Fish followed Motion City's set, so I decided to run over there to watch and photo since ska is always fun and my old roommate Aaron likes them. They put on a fun show, very energetic and silly. I always tell myself I'm going to listen to more ska and then it never happens, oh well.
I saw Beebs And Her Money Makers were playing and had heard they put on a fun live show with costumes and stuff so I knew I had to photograph them! Luckily I had great timing and was able to get there right in time!
When I saw that Sleeping With Sirens wasn't overlapping with any other bands I needed to see I knew I had to shoot them! Everyone loves Sleeping With Sirens, or at least Kellin Quinn. I mean, he's adorable. And then live...oh man. Hot stuff, I'm just sayin'.
Found this fan's photo, you can see me in the lower right corner, camera on face, in what might be the very shot above! I love finding photos of myself shooting, I wish there were more!
Billy Talent played after Sleeping With Sirens. I was super excited to see them. I saw them once in high school, opening for My Chemical Romance, and I really liked them so I was excited to see them again, at least 6 years later! They are so crazy cool live. I love 'em, and was excited that I knew a few of the songs they played, despite that I only know songs from an album or two.
Black Veil Brides played next. Now, I'm not a fan, but anything that has a chance to be a bit different is something I want to photograph...however NO ONE TOLD ME THEY DONT WEAR THEY SILLY MAKEUP AND STUFF ANYMORE. What's the catch, BVB? Where'd it go? Regardless, I still got some good shots so I'm happy I watched their set.
The epitome of emo, Hawthorne Heights! Now, you're lying if you were in high school in 2006 and didn't have at least one friend with an "Ohio Is For Lovers" tshirt, that you didn't cry when Casey Calvert died, or sing along to "Silence In Black And White" on at least one occasion. They were THE thing. The emo thing. Even if you didn't listen to 'em, you knew about 'em. I personally saw them open for Fall Out Boy on the Black Clouds and Underdogs tour, along with The Hush Sound, From First To Last, and All American Rejcts, as well at Project Revolution around 2008....so the chance to see them again was one I had to take up. They played the old favorites, they played some new songs, it was nostalgic and all that. I just wish I would've gotten a better variety of photos!
A few sets earlier I rememberd I wanted to see Mixtapes, who didn't make it to my scribbled out plan for the day. I realized I had time, so I ran to their stage and got to see them play. I've been listening to their new CD Ordinary Silence on youtube a lot lately and really need to get it on my laptop/zune sooner than later. They're really good pop punk, put on a good show, and are a lot of fun!
I know one song by The Story So Far, but I knew I had to shoot them because they're kind of a big deal and Brianna really likes them. They headlined this stage right on Milwaukee's lakefront with the sunset behind the fans and the water behind the band. It was beautiful out and they put on a good show. I need to start listening to them more often because, c'mon, it's The Story So Far!
Bathroom selfie! I looked cute, obviously. And my concert shoes are still hangin' in there. Hopefully they'll make it to next year's Warped!
With most of the bigger stages headliners finishing up, I had a chance to catch the second half of Set It Off's set at the Kevin Says Stage. I'd heard of them, but I don't think I've seen them before. I don't listen to them but they were great and anyone who crowd walks is good by me...although when he randomly said "trust fall" and dropped, my heart dropped right with him, oh god. This album has a few photos from their set as well as a couple of other bands I have just a few photos of.
While waiting for Brianna at the end of the day, I checked out the last merch stand still set up. Their necklaces are SO CUTE OMFG. I really want the blue and silver one but i was out of money. I'm not saying I'll love you if you buy me one, but hey, I'll love you if you buy me one.
The goodies I picked up this year, including; a Party Sleep Repeat shirt, Motion City Soundtrack tshirt that's super cute and looks great on me, an eco-friendly bag, buzznet poster, Tilly's sunglasses and 20% coupon, Buzznet bandana, Call Me Caleb demos, a Billy Talent card, my ticket and photopass. Notice there's no official Warped booklet BECUASE THEY STARTED CHARGING FOR THEM, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? They were always free!
So that's my Warped Tour roundup for Milwaukee 2013. I had a great time, it's always been a highlight of my summers.
Also, a huge thanks to you for reading this, and big thanks for viewing, buzzing, featuring, and most wonderfully commenting on any and all of my Warped Tour photos. I really do appreciate it because I spent the day having fun and working hard and I like to see when it pays off :) ALSO, if anyone is interested in buying any prints off of me, that can be easily arranged. I've done it a few times in the past and if you're seriously interested, message me and we can work something out :D
Did you go to Warped this year? Who were your favorite old and new bands to see?