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Review: 2015 Vans Warped Tour Pomona

posted June 27, 2015, 10:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


Photo by Joshua Halling

Photo by Joshua Halling

With the historic Vans Warped Tour turning BlackJack’s magic number, now seemed about as good a time as any to attend my first one and I looked forward to the tour kickoff. This being my first event at this Pomona venue, I trekked through the dust kicked up from moshing, past the fake old town Western façades and mini city of merch tents to visit the stages dispersed across the Fairgrounds. #VWT is not for the weak or fainthearted as the blistering sun beat down on concertgoers and required escapes to the rare shaded places and water breaks.

The audience as you’d might expect included high school and college kids sporting piercings, tats and emo sensibilities that mandate wearing black in 90 degree weather; they weren’t the only ones there as chaperones and parents looking like tortured souls, ready to bumrush the exits, and didn’t exactly inconspicuously blend in.

Moving from stage to stage, I saw August Burns Red, Bebe Rexha, Neck Deep, PVRIS, Mod Sun, Beautiful Bodies, Escape The Fate, Memphis May Fire, Attila, Pierce The Veil, Black Veil Brides and Kosha Dillz. I appreciated the mix of established and rising new pop, punk and hip-hop (was disappointed to hear about the petitions asking for removal of these artists) as many acts crowd surfed, went into the crowd and shared mics, debuted songs off upcoming albums and engaged effectively. Fans also jumped at the opportunity to interact with artists at merch booths and the meet and greet lines were pretty long. With the food truck action on point, I walked away super tan and tired.

Get tix to the rest of Vans Warped Tour HERE! !

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