This summer marked my third year attending the Vans Warped Tour, and as always it rocked. This year however, was pretty special for me. I not only attended one show, but two! I have always wanted to attend more than one show because let's be honest... sometimes one day isn't enough to squeeze in all of our fav bands set times. This summer, Buzznet made this all possible for me! I volunteered at the Buzznet Table with Brittany inside the Girlz Garage in Burgettstown, PA on July 17th, 2013.
DAY 1: Burgettstown, PA - July 17th, 2013.
My morning started out around 8:30 am with my friend Ellen as we headed out on the road from Kent, Ohio to Burgettstown, PA (about a 2 hr drive). Once we finally got parked and applied our sunscreen we headed into the infamous warped tour heat and long lines. We had never been to the venue before, so we weren't totally sure on where to enter for volunteering. While waiting in line we got to talk to Kevin Lyman as he walked down the line and he sent us in the right direction. We met up with Brittany at the Volunteer tent and that's when our day began, our very muggy and sweaty day.
[Ellen is on the right, I'm on the left]
Volunteering with Buzznet was so much fun. We talked to so many different types of people informing them of Buzznet is. We passed out awesome stickers, bandanas and helped apply temp. tattoos. We tried to make sure that everyone we spoke with signed up for the Buzznet newsletter. We also helped assist everyone with liking Buzznet on Facebook, or following the Instagram or Twitter page, so they could charge their phone in return.
The positioning of this tent could NOT have been any better. It was located in-front of both main stages just to the right. We had a perfect view all day. No complaining there. I was able to see/hear so many different types of music that day. I heard so many new bands, that once I got home I purchased about 5 new albums that night. It was such a great day watching different bands take the stage, and especially ones that I would never stop to listen to, like Chiodos, Memphis May Fire, Black Veil Brides, etc.
I remember For The Foxes, and The Wonder Years starting off the day on the Kia Forte Stage, and then Forever The Sickest Kids followed. Seeing FTSK made my 14-15 year old self so happy. I used to be obsessed with their album, Underdog Alma Mater, and they performed all of the top singles from that album. I honestly hadn't listened to them since (they were one of the album's I bought that same night, J.A.C.K. -- Check it out!!). I was one happy gal. It was so great seeing them after all this time with still a big crowd in-front of them. They sounded wonderful and the sound was so clean. Sometimes bands on warped tour can get messy with cutoffs, so I always have big respect for bands who worry about what they sound like over what they look like or how crazy they are on stage, major props to you FTSK.
It was also a great spot to watch certain bands so we didn't have to stand in some of the dangerous crowds like Bring Me The Horizon can draw. I usually don't listen to this type of music, but since their new record Sempiternal was released, I've been playing it non-stop. They were by far one of my favorite performances from the tour. I'm just glad we got to watch from the Buzznet table, otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten to see them so close... I'm not really up for getting a black eye or bloody nose in the pits.
Towards the end of the BMTH set it started to pour. Not cool. People started cramming under the Girlz Garage. Since we were charging phones, and water began to flood (we were at the bottom of the hill), we had to start taking apart the charging station and put a lot of things away so it didn't get soaked. One good thing came from the rain though, a nice cool down from all of the humidity... even though it all came right back within an hour.
Since we helped all day at the tent, we were given the opportunity to pick one band to stand side stage for (awesome, right?). I chose Tonight Alive, and I am so happy that I did. They are all such rad people and I definitely look up to Jenna, seeing as she is a leading lady in a music scene that doesn't always have a ton of women on top. I really respect that. Needless to say, I had my entire summer made at that moment. It was really cool to go backstage and watch how everything works back there, the transitioning, soundcheck, loading and unloading of different equipment. Of course, TA killed it their set and I was high on life the rest of the day. But don't worry guys, I kept my cool standing back there, haha. So big props to everyone in TA, thank you for giving me a summer I will never forget (and Buzznet of course!).
As soon as we got back to the Buzznet table, it was time for the Echosmith acoustic performance and signing with Buzznet. I love seeing and meeting great people, who make great music... and especially people who around my age. I have so much respect for them and I literally tell everyone I know about their music (their whole EP is on our playlist at work...). Shout-out to Buzznet/Sara Scoggins for teaching me about them early on in the summer so I was prepared when I met them!
[Bags given out at signing along with a signed CD]
Everything ran smooth all day and it was such a fun day. We began to take apart the Girlz Garage and Buzznet table starting around 6:00 - 6:15. Instead of throwing out unused posters, Ellen and I headed into the Black Veil Brides crowd and handed out all of the posters until they were all gone. We helped pack up and move tables and chairs until the whole tent was packed up within 20 minutes.
Before we headed out I was talking with Brittany and asking if she knew if William Beckett, formerly The Academy Is... lead singer, would be at the Cleveland date the next day. His website had said he wouldn't so I just wanted to make sure. For those who have attended the Vans Warped Tour, you know your dreams can come true. I was a big TAI fan as a freshman in high school (now going to be a sophomore in college), and as Ellen and I were going to leave the venue we ran into no other than Mr. William Beckett himself at his tent! Words cannot describe how happy I was to be able to talk with him for a bit and tell him how long I have been supporting his music. It was FANTASTIC.
[Thanks for the picture + chat, William Beckett!]
**Again, thank you to Buzznet for allowing me to have - The Best Day Ever.
Stay Tuned for "Warped Tour Day 2: Cuyahoga Falls, OH"