Last week, the Vans Warped Tour hit the Pomona Fairplex for a full day of Metal, Metalcore, and fun. This was my 3rd year shooting photos at Warped, and it was by far one of the best. Someone asked me recently if the Warped crowd was mostly teenagers, and the answer is yes, but that doesn’t leave the rest of us out.
“Warped offers one complimentary parent admission to accompany a minor (under 18) that has purchased a ticket to a 2014 Warped Tour show.”
The reason that matters is the band selection. This year there were even a few bands from last year’s Mayhem Festival, like the Born of Osiris’ David Da Rocha -¬†pictured above, and Motionless In White. I’m well above the ‘normal’ warped age, but if you are into a variety of harder music then you might want to consider checking out the Vans Warped Tour.
One of the changes I have seen at festivals lately is the use of tech. Take a look at the next photo:
The band is Four Year Strong, but see that drone in the upper right corner? No, it’s not a government spy, it’s a GoPro camera.
This year was also hot, like it always is in June at the Fairplex, but overall it was a great day. The opening image is of the band Issues, and you can see that Pomona actually had blue skies! The last time I saw that Led Zep was still together.
You can see the see the crowd and sky in the glasses of For Today frontman Mattie Montgomery above too.
Here’s another of the band Issues, who I also shot earlier this year at the National Orange Show for the Self Help Fest.
I love shooting concert pics, and my favorite shot from the day was the one below of Ice Nine Kills lead singer¬†Spencer Charnas.
Below are a few more shots from the day, but I couldn’t shoot all the bands if I tried. The festival runs on something like 11 stages from about 11am to about 8 or 9pm – depending on the stage. There are so many bands I won’t even try to count them.
My son told me I needed to check out Wax & Watsky – think YouTube rap stars and you’ll get the idea. Both were impressive. I am not into rap, but can enjoy it when it’s done well. These two guys do it great. They are billed as Wax & Watsky, but they are separate performances.
So this guy does Slam Poetry and rap.¬†He was featured on Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO, he was the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, and was also named Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion. When this kid freestyles it is pretty damn amazing.
After switching shirts with a guy in the audience he just started riffing based on things in the crowd, a Lamb of God shirt, a hand gesture, whatever. This guy has talent.
Did you go to Warped, with or without the kids? Comment below…
And if you want to check out more of my concert photos, search the KCAL site for Razz. Up next… Mayhem Festival!