Warped Tour 2017
BAD COP BAD COP
The largest traveling music festival in the United States Vans Warped Tour made its way to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey on a rather hot and muggy July 15 2017. VWT has been in existence since 1995 was founded by Kevin Lyman, and is scheduled to visit 39 cities ending on August 6 in Pomona California.
VWT is one of if not the most popular music festivals attracting thousands of fans to every show each year. VWT is unique in that it gives emerging artist a really huge audience of Punk and Metal fans to showcase their talents, giving them exposure they would never get on their own. This year’s tour also included a host of great established bands including The Adolescents, The Alarm, The Street Dogs, Anti Flag and Sick of It All to name a few. This year saw 65 bands play on seven different stages beginning at 1pm and ending after 9pm, yes a very long day! One of the best things about this event was that the crowd was made up of all age groups including parents with kids in tow, yes VWT is kid and parent friendly (parent’s get in free*) and with seven stages going it was really easy to see the band’s you like. The Venue itself was set up well with maps of the stage locations available as well as a schedule of who’s playing where and at what time, making it easy to get around. There were also decent food and drink vendors, a free hydration station for filling water bottles and plenty of restrooms.
For me the best moments of the day were sets by Anti Flag, The Street Dogs, and The Adolescents with the best new comer being The Barb Wire Dolls! I had an absolute blast at VWT and look forward to 2018!
A big thanks to Kevin Lyman and the entire Vans team for putting this together and allowing me the privilege of photographing and documenting this event. Until next time, Cheers!!
Vans Warped Tour supports a number of worthy charities, to find out how to help or for any other VWT news please visit the official website at www.vanswarpedtour.com
Coverage & photography by Patrick Gilrane
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