How to prepare: bring plenty of water and sunscreen, nothing’s worse than dehydration and sunburn. Wear light clothing such as tank tops and shorts, also bring shoes, you WILL lose saddles and flip flops if you’re planning on being part of the audience. Accessories such as jewelry should also be avoided, since most of the time you’ll lose it.
Bands to check out
There are usually 6 or 7 stages with multiple bands playing all at once, here’s a few to look for:
One of my personal favorite smaller bands, they’ve come out with one CD (The Ascent), another one coming 2 days after Warped and featured in Punk Goes Pop 5. SECRETS is a newer sound of the post-hardcore genre with great melodies, catchy choruses and they give us that energetic feeling we all love.
Hands Like Houses
HLH also have one CD and one coming the same day as SECRETS, with members from both Canada and Australia. HLH has a unique, inventive style with similar rhythmic techniques to bands like A Skylit Drive and the kick of Woe is Me, not to mention a soothing, memorable voice to go with it. This band is definitely one to check out if you haven’t already.
They’ve played before at Warped, but I’m extremely excited for this year’s since they have a brand new album coming out, and they’re just always exciting to see. They have some of the best instrumentals, especially their guitar. They mix together the shredding of metal and the sound of hardcore perfectly. You are missing out if you’ve never seen them before, and they’ll be on the Main Stage for the first time this year.