Review: Warped Tour at Klipsch 

click to enlarge Warp Tour rules for head banging! - LACY BURSICK
  • Warp Tour rules for head banging!
  • Lacy Bursick
It's that time of year again where everyone's favorite skateboard shoe company Vans host the infamous Warped Tour. Even for a non-punk rock fan, Warped Tour has potential for an unforgettable day with a variety of booths from all types of brands and bands giving out things like free Peace Tea and discounted skateboards. With an alternating lineup at each tour stop, attendees get the chance to see a day full of music from over 100 acts.

The environment of Warped Tour buzzes with fun and a unique crowd ranging from true punk rockers with their multicolored mohawks to preteen girls crying over touching the hand of their favorite metal band Bring Me the Horizon.

Recent years have added a larger variety of genres to the tour; this year's Spotify Stage had a lot of EDM DJs like Crizzly, Big Chocolate and Run DMT as well as some hip-hop acts.

Warped Tour also offers meet and greets allowing all the preteen girls get their photo taken with their favorite bands. Just walking around Klipsch, I met members from Strawberry Blonde, Run DMT, MC Lars and Mac Lethal. Even my favorite gender-bending YouTube sensation Jeffree Star was there taking photos with fans. (Apparently he makes music now).

MC Lars stood out for his crowd interaction for pulling fans on stage to dance along then throwing bracelets off stage to support suicide prevention. The electro pop group Wallpaper. stood out for their outrageous stage energy and ridiculous attire. Five Knives had the best stage set up with moveable equipment that allows them to rock out the hardest.

click to enlarge Five Knives unique set up allowed maximum rockin' out. - LACY BURSICK
  • Five Knives unique set up allowed maximum rockin' out.
  • Lacy Bursick

Unlike most concerts at Klipsch, Warped Tour had a personal feeling because after each set, most acts told their audience come meet them at their booth afterwards (which encourages merchandise sales).

All four stages had a full audience with ecstatic fans all day long. I did find myself having to move back several times to avoid the moshing. I will never understand the desire to push each other around at shows. It was definitely a change from my usual peace and love hippie scene but Warped was enough entertainment to easily be on my concert list for next summer.

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Warp Tour brought out a truly rockin' crowd.

By Lacy Bursick

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