Sun was high and heat was on in Pomona, CA for the 22nd edition of Vans Warped Tour. Well before the gates opened, a mile-long line of anxious attendees waited to enter the Pomona Fairplex, ready to start rocking to their favorite bands.
Warped Tour presented several stages--Journey's left and right foot, Monster Energy, Full Sail to name a few--with the likes of Atreyu, We The Kings, I See Stars, Sum 41, State Champs, With Confidence, Yellowcard and many more. The day also had surprise guest appearances. Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey stepped in for a verse at State Champs, and 5 Seconds of Summer's Luke Hemmings closed out The Summer Set's performance.
Music Connection spent the day in Pomona catching several bands' sets as well as discovering new music. Walking across the grounds, attendees had a variety of tables and booths to check out. Among the myriad of band merch tables were record labels such as Hopeless Records, Rise Records, Sumerian Records and more; organizations such as Truth, Music Saves Lives and more; and a bright pink tent for Jeffree Star Cosmetics (with a 45-minute wait line to meet Jeffree himself).
In between seeing performances, MC had a chance to speak with a few bands about their experiences at Warped Tour and catching up on what's ahead for them:
Check out all the photos from Warped below!
Crown The Empire
The Summer Set
We The Kings
Text by Siri Svay
Photos by Siri Svay and Victoria Patneaude
For more information about Warped, visit vanswarpedtour.com.