Sixteen years after Vans Warped Tour hit the road for the first time, it is still going strong. They started their 43-date tour on June 25, 2010 and we had the pleasure of catching them when they hit Montreal on July 10th.
More than 70 bands on 7 different stages can be a bit difficult to handle, especially if you have 2 or more bands that you want to see playing at the same time. One of the great things about the Warped Tour is that you learn about so many up-and-coming artists; you never know when you might pass one of the stages and hear something you like and watch the rest of the set, or hear a great band in the distance while you're waiting for your favorite band.
Not only do you have the opportunity to watch so many live bands, many of them also set up signing sessions, so make sure you check out their merch booths to see when they will make an appearance. At many booths, you can also support great causes like To Write Love on Her Arms, P.E.T.A, Invisible Children, and more. Make sure you stop by the Take Action/Non Profit area when Warped comes to town to see what you can do to be part of the solution.
Two of UpVenue's photographers were ready for the Montreal installment of Warped Tour. Click on the pictures below or the band names to see each band's full photo gallery.
Special thanks to M.S.O.
All American Rejects
Artist vs Poet
Bring Me the Horizon
Dillinger Escape Plan
Every Time I Die
Far From Finished
The Mission District
The New Cities
The Pretty Reckless
Photographer's Notes - Sheila
With over 70 bands, it's tough to pick and choose who to photograph. For certain bands, it's a no brainer, for others, you have to hope for the best.
Some personal highlights include the Dillenger Escape Plan. This band had so much energy, it was tough to track them through the view finder. Sum 41 played one of the smaller stages, which created a much more intimate atmosphere… not so much for the fans considering it was an outdoor show, but more for the photographers in the really tiny photo pit.
Photographer's Notes - Kemba
Though I didn't know much about them before, VersaEmerge was fun - both to listen to, and to photograph. Frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck sang, jumped, and even draped herself across speakers as she played to the cameras - a photographer's dream!
Sum 41, who usually give a tight performance, didn't disappoint when they exploded onto the small Glamour Kills stage like they were headlining the entire festival. This band offers many opportunities for a great shot.
Musical highlights included Dillinger Escape Plan and The New Cities, whose crowd interaction, ease onstage, and solid live performances won me over.