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Challenge Accepted

June 28, 2015

Yesterday, I went to Van’s Warped Tour in Dallas. In case you don’t know what that means, its a one day music festival with over 90 bands to choose from. There are 10 stages at a time playing at once. The catch? You don’t know the set times until you enter the gates.

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The Wall

I titled this post Challenge Accepted for two reasons.

  1. Yesterday was a challenge physically and mentally, but a good one at that.
  2. Shoutout to all of the haters saying it was either “odd” or “going to be boring” going my myself. (Did I forget to mention that? I went by myself. And yes, I had the time of my life.)

Before I get onto my review of the bands and experiences of the day, here are some overall thoughts of the day:

  • I don’t have enough tattoos (apparently I need at least one, preferably with skulls or something of the like)
  • My hair is brown. Boooooorrrrrrrrrring. (Don’t worry mom, I’m not going to color my hair)
  • I wore fake diamond studs from Claire’s instead of gauges. I guess I missed that memo.
  • Apparently Ring Around The Rosie is still a thing in mosh pits. The change? Its sweaty frat boys running in circles and pushing everyone out of the way. And it’s encouraged by the artists. Huh.
  • People think I have a great fashion sense (obviously). I wore a shirt with “Okay but first, coffee,” written on it and I’ve never gotten more compliments. Granted, a few of those statements came from people trying to get my to take their flyer. My favorite encounter was a 25 year old man with dreads asking me where I got it and writing it down because he wanted to buy it. (It’s a women’s crop top from Ross in case you were wondering)
  • Monster thinks that they’ve fooled me. I’m 99% sure they put water into the monster cans that the artists drink on stage. (Or at least that’s what it feels like when they spray it into the crowd.)
  • Weed and vapes and cigarettes abound.
  • I apparently don’t curse enough.

I also believe that I was the only person who showed up that had made a spreadsheet of the bands I wanted to see (and yes, it was color coded by stage). But hey — it was super helpful, no judging.

11.15 Hands Like Houses

This was the first band I saw and I had to sprint there because the doors opened at 11 and they went on almost immediately. So worth it. This was one of the bands that I was dying to see and they performed past my expectations. They’re from the capital of Australia (Canberra) so I was already feeling that Aussie connection. Go check ’em out.

11.45 Transit and 12.15 Lee Corey Oswald

TBH, I wasn’t planning on seeing them. I was planning my next move and had some time to kill, but I was pretty impressed.

12.45 Set It Off

These fans come out strong – they have a handsign and everything! This band comes out strong too, don’t worry. The lead singer (a man) came out in leggings, a silver leather jacket, and one of their shirts. Rock on (and they did).

1.15 As It Is

Hands down my favorite of the day. Dial Tones is my jam. Also, the lead singer (who posed for me, as demonstrated below) can do some gnarly cheerleading jumps in black skinny jeans. Go, Patty, Go! Did I mention they’re English?

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How did I take this photo?

1.45 Neck Deep

A bit more hardcore than what I’m used to, but these guys know how keep a crowd going. They kept pulling the people who crowd-surfed up to the stage to be promptly removed by security.

2.00 Palisades

Picture Jersey Shore + instruments. Don’t get me wrong, they’re amazing, but I couldn’t help imagine DJ Pauly D.

2.45 Riff Raff

Mind you, this was my Strawberry Chill time and I was sitting in the shade and this act was going on. I’ve heard of Riff Raff because they’ve done some TCU mixers (I think) and I can see some of the appeal. “If you don’t get your hands in the air I’m not going to start this set!!!” This technique was apparently successful because they started quickly thereafter.

3.45 PVRIS

Well, I finally learned how to pronounce the band’s name. I also learned that all of the high school-aged girls around me were in love with the lead singer, Lynn. I was surprised to see how many of the songs I actually knew and how much better they were live.

4.20 Seaway

(feat. the lead singer in a pineapple Hawaiian shirt.) I’m pretty sure I infiltrated a pledge class meeting for a TCU fraternity with this one, and these frat boys have awesome taste in music.

4.55 Never Shout Never

This was a total throwback for me and I liked it.

5.40 Youth In Revolt

They did a cover of Lorde’s Royals and I think she would have liked it. I was against the front off to the side for this one and happy about it because of that stupid ring around the rosie thing mentioned earlier.

6.00 Knuckle Puck

Despite the odd name, I managed to see more fraternity brothers – but this time they were the band. Who knew boys in bright t-shirts, athletic shorts, snapbacks, and Nike running shoes could rock this hard?

6.15 Metro Station

Remember that song Shake It that wouldn’t stop playing on the radio 5 years ago? Well they’re back from a hiatus and they’re better than ever. Apparently Dallas was their first show ever outside of California (at The Door) so they’re super sentimental and totally killed it, full body tatts on Cyrus and all.

6.45 We Came As Romans

I was way off to the side waiting for The Wonder Years, but I got to hear the whole set and I was super impressed. A little rock and a little punk and a lot of attitude.

7.15 The Wonder Years

Wow, this band has a following — and they like ring around the rosie. Basically, every time the bass dropped I was thrust forward onto the people in front of me. It was all in good spirits though and I came out with just a few battle scars. Who knew beach balls could cause such violence?

7.50 Pierce The Veil

Yeah, I’m sure you’re laughing thinking that I liked this band, but I did. I’m pretty sure that at least 1/4 of the people I saw walking around had a PTV shirt or their name written on their body (some in sharpie, some in ink) and now I know why.

8.15 Citizen

What a way to finish! The lead singer also looks like he belongs in a fraternity that heavily believes in tattoos, but they brought the energy up after a long, hot day.

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Hey look — it’s me!

Overall, I had an amazing day and I can’t imagine set times that could have worked better. I had only TWO bands I was dying to see (a 4 or more on my spreadsheet, in case you’re wondering) that I didn’t get to see at Warped Tour. Would I do it again? Challenge accepted.

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