On July 5th, 2014, the Vans Warped Tour returned to Montreal, Canada after a year’s absence. The festival took place at Parterre Île Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is far from an ideal venue for this. I’m going to get the negative aspects of the festival out of the way first. The ground was made up of dirt and rocks which made the show very dusty and hard to breathe at times. Also, the stages were scattered so far apart that it made it a chore to try to catch all the bands you went there to see. Now for the positive. This year’s mixture of punk, hardcore, and metalcore made it easy to find at least a couple of bands on the long list to spark your interest. It was pretty easy and free to get bands autographs compared to other big name festivals who charge you or make you purchase the band’s latest CD. There was also a free water station where you could purchase water bottles or bring your own and fill it up for free. There was no shortage of merchandise booths from the bands to record labels and even a Trojan condom booth, with many of the booths giving away free samples! The festival also featured a halfpipe with skateboarders and a wrestling ring. There was definitely no shortage of entertainment!
Now on to the main attraction of the festival, the music. I thought Motionless in White was the highlight of the day, followed closely by Every Time I Die. I say this due to the size of the crowd each band received, the performance and crowd participation (crowd surfing, moshing, and singing along). Motionless in White had the crowd chanting A-M-E-R-I-C-A during that song, which came as a pleasant surprise to frontman Chris Motionless seeing as though they were performing in Canada. They also played a song off their upcoming album “Reincarnate” which is also the name of the upcoming album. I was also able to catch We The Kings, We Are The In Crowd, The Ghost Inside, Dangerkids, and The Devil Wears Prada. There were a few others too, but I wasn’t sure of the band’s names.
All in all, it was a great day, the sun shined and the bands played. The Vans Warped Tour isn’t a money hungry monster that some of the other tours have become. With a huge lineup and ticket prices that are more than reasonable at $52.50 each, this is a can’t miss summer tour!
For more info on the Vans Warped Tour like dates, venues, tickets and more check out their site at vanswarpedtour.com.