Warped Tour 2015: Part 1

This summer, I was given the opportunity to live out one of my biggest dreams by spending a month on the Vans Warped Tour shooting pictures and slinging merch for Carousel Kings. While documenting their tour, I also took time to shoot whatever bands I could when I had time away from merch. This blog is a few months overdue but I'm excited to share these shots (with new edits oOoOoO) from the toughest and most fun summer of my life. 

Day 1 - Camden, NJ

This was essentially a practice run for me and the Carousel Kings dudes. CK had won their local Ernie Ball contest and got thrown on this extra date of Warped Tour for a hometown show of sorts. After reuniting with the guys, we sorted out merch for the tour, went over procedures / plans, and figured out how to set up our new fancy tent/flags. I caught a few main stage sets but only had shooting access to the Ernie Ball stage this day and was busy with merch, so I did not shoot a lot and tried to soak up the environment that would become more than familiar that month.. What I did shoot got lost in my pre Warped disorganization, so a couple low quality pictures I took off my Instagram are below. 

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Seaway

Seaway

 Day 2 - Long Island, NY

This day, I rode into Warped Tour with my favorite local band daisychain. who were lucky enough to have won this dates battle of the bands contest. Once again, I only had the ability to shoot at the Ernie Ball stage but did not have to work merch. So I spent most of the day wandering around checking out my favorite bands on the bigger stages and napping on the asphalt. 

Paulie of Daisychain leaving his house that morning.

Paulie of Daisychain leaving his house that morning.

Daisychain. The guy on the far right with the black shirt and hat that snuck into this picture, a complete stranger at the time, would eventually become our drive halfway through the tour.

Daisychain. The guy on the far right with the black shirt and hat that snuck into this picture, a complete stranger at the time, would eventually become our drive halfway through the tour.

Finn of Daisychain

Finn of Daisychain

Daisychain.

Daisychain.

Daisychain.

Daisychain.

Being As An Ocean from the crowd. 

Being As An Ocean from the crowd. 

Being As An Ocean from the crowd. 

Being As An Ocean from the crowd. 

Day 3 - Off Day

This was the CT date of Warped tour, but Carousel Kings didn't officially start until the MA date. I spent this day packing most likely.

Day 4- Danbury, CT

We had a small one off this day on the way to Massachusetts. Here are a couple pictures from that. 

Day 5 - Mansfield, MA

This was the first official day of Warped Tour with Carousel Kings. It rained on and off most of the day (and poured for CK's time) as we settled into the new environment that would be our life for the next month. Eager to check out new bands and play with my new all access pass, I scurried around and shot A LOT this day in between working the merch booth with my partner, Andrew.

Trophy Eyes (Also, the first photo I took as officially part of Warped Tour)

Trophy Eyes (Also, the first photo I took as officially part of Warped Tour)

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

While She Sleeps (I think this was the only time I shot them all of tour which was a mistake)

While She Sleeps (I think this was the only time I shot them all of tour which was a mistake)

While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps

Will with his golden shades. Don't think he took them off once the whole tour.

Will with his golden shades. Don't think he took them off once the whole tour.

Asking Alexandria (Warped Tour ended up posting this photo on Instagram which was kewl)

Asking Alexandria (Warped Tour ended up posting this photo on Instagram which was kewl)

Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria

Sirens & Sailors (I believe this was also their first day on the tour)

Sirens & Sailors (I believe this was also their first day on the tour)

Sirens & Sailors

Sirens & Sailors

The Amity Affliction

The Amity Affliction

Our driver Nic being a goof.

Our driver Nic being a goof.

Carousel Kings in the rain.

Carousel Kings in the rain.

Carousel Kings (Shot with Andrews 100mm Lens)

Carousel Kings (Shot with Andrews 100mm Lens)

Set It Off in the amphitheater to close the day. 

Set It Off in the amphitheater to close the day. 

Day 5 - Darien Lake, NY

After an overnight drive, we arrived at the next stop prettttty early, like 7am and it was freezing. Me and our driver Nick stumbled our way over in hoodies to catch some breakfast and I even snagged a shower in the amphitheater before we loaded the merch tent to a muddy hill to set up. After merch was up, I spent a solid amount of time hanging posters and promoting the line before doors opened. Like the day before, I spent a lot of time shooting this day, but did not cover Carousel Kings because it was Andrews day to shoot while I watched merch. This date also marked the first time our van made a trip to the shop for a starter issue. After the show, we were able to frolic in the amusement park attached to the venue which was very cool especially for a roller coaster buff like me. 

Fit For A King

Fit For A King

Fit For A King

Fit For A King

Slaves (This band was unfortunately kicked off the tour just a couple days later)

Slaves (This band was unfortunately kicked off the tour just a couple days later)

Slaves

Slaves

Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire  

Memphis May Fire

 

Citizen

Citizen

Citizen

Citizen

Dave, Cody, and Will hanging out at merch signing some autographs. This was not an uncommon sight this summer which made my job easier and kept kids happy with lots of band to fan interaction. 

Dave, Cody, and Will hanging out at merch signing some autographs. This was not an uncommon sight this summer which made my job easier and kept kids happy with lots of band to fan interaction. 

Attila. Not a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure. 

Attila. Not a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure. 

Attila

Attila

Major League. I became quite fond of shooting these dudes through the tour. 

Major League. I became quite fond of shooting these dudes through the tour. 

Major League

Major League

August Burns Red. One of my all time favorite bands.

August Burns Red. One of my all time favorite bands.

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Day 6 - Cincinnati, OH

I passed out while editing after Darien Lake and woke up in the Riverbend Music Center parking lot ready to load in. This is when the reality of waking up in a different city everyday and the non stop grind of Warped started to sink in. Sometime overnight we also blew (more like shredded) a trailer tire, the first one of many on this tour. Security made all the vans park about a third of a mile down the road from the venue entrance, so me and Andrew spent the next 3-4 hours pushing merch down the road to the very back of the venue on top of an turf hill. All while our hand truck had four deflated tires. An hour after getting the tent up, security let us move the van into the venue parking lot with the buses. Sick. At least we snagged breakfast and were set up before Senses Fail kicked off the Monster stage that was facing our tent. This day was the hottest weather wise so far, but a breeze compared to what was to come.

Transit

Transit

Silverstein

Silverstein

Silverstein

Silverstein

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red. This was the first time I shot at the back of a bigger stage. Something I didn't do a whole lot of on this tour. 

August Burns Red. This was the first time I shot at the back of a bigger stage. Something I didn't do a whole lot of on this tour. 

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean. This band quickly became one of my favorites to shoot.

Being As An Ocean. This band quickly became one of my favorites to shoot.

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Common Thief. Probably one of the hardest working DIY bands out there, these guys followed Warped Tour on their own and found themselves jobs helping with the Kevin Says Stage and catering. When a band couldn't play this day, they were given the opportunity to fill in their slot. 

Common Thief. Probably one of the hardest working DIY bands out there, these guys followed Warped Tour on their own and found themselves jobs helping with the Kevin Says Stage and catering. When a band couldn't play this day, they were given the opportunity to fill in their slot. 

Common Thief

Common Thief

Beartooth. This was their closest to hometown show of Warped and probably the most crowded photo pit of tour.

Beartooth. This was their closest to hometown show of Warped and probably the most crowded photo pit of tour.

It was not uncommon to see Beartooth pull huge crowds like this on the Monster stage.

It was not uncommon to see Beartooth pull huge crowds like this on the Monster stage.

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria

Day 7 - Toronto, ON

This day was annoying. Andrew couldn't get into Canada with us, so we dropped him off at a friends house in Buffalo around 7 in the morning and hit the border around 7:30. We did not get into Canada until 1. The idea of putting every bus through the same border did not work out as nicely as planned and many bands got stranded this long with us. We rolled into Warped around 3, halfway through the day. We luckily did not miss our set but had to scramble through the crowds and rain to get merch set up. I did not shoot a ton this day because of the crazy schedule and we were short a merch guy. But I did meet a lot of friends for the first time and Canada is the most polite place in the world which made up for the otherwise stressful day. 

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Few quackers enjoying the bay by the venue.

Few quackers enjoying the bay by the venue.

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Palisades

Palisades

Palisades

Palisades

Day 8 - Columbia Heights, MD

We woke up in Maryland to ominous clouds hanging overhead. Of course, halfway through pushing merch up the stupid steep hill (with our still broken cart) the downpours came and didn't stop for a while. We set our tent up in the trees as a makeshift shelter while the kids waiting in line to get in got soaked. This morning rain also made the festival grounds a giant mud pit, which would ruin my shoes and the clothing of many attendees that day. Halfway through the day another problem came up. Our van would not start. We watched it get towed away along with our driver to a shop where it remained for a few days following this show. Our good friends in Fake Life Clothing were cool enough to let us crash their van for the next couple days as we packed our essentials in their trailer and left our own trailer in the parking lot to be picked up days later. Yeah, super sketchy. 

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Senses Fail

Shout out to security for lifting this dude.

Shout out to security for lifting this dude.

Jule Vera

Jule Vera

Jule Vera

Jule Vera

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck and a lot of hands.

Knuckle Puck and a lot of hands.

Part 2 coming soon...