Warped Tour was a great way to spend one of the last weeks of June. Eighty-seven bands from all over the country showed up to perform for the eager fans that were willing to pay $35 on June 29 to see their favorite rock, screamo or heavy metal artists.
A lot of things made Warped Tour a totally unique and completely unforgettable experience, from the crazy outfits fans wore to the insane behavior of the performing bands.
Here are 11 reasons why Warped Tour rocks.
1. More than one band plays at a time. There were eight different stages set up throughout the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, so if you didn't like one band playing you had quite a big variety of artists to choose from.
2. Mosh pits. Even though they were scary, it was fun to watch people go crazy and freak out, swinging their fists and lunging for anyone who was dumb enough to get pulled or pushed too close to the edge. It's not often that you see grown men -- and women -- jostle each other around with no regard for human safety, and not get in trouble for it.
3. Vans stuff was super cheap. Since it was Vans Warped Tour, everything -- including Vans sunglasses, hats and shirts -- was ridiculously cheap. It was the best place to pick up Vans merchandise.
4. Diversity of styles. There were so many different styles of hair, clothes and makeup on the concert-goers it was like walking into the beginning of a bad joke. There was a lot of colorful hair, foot-high mohawks and ripped fishnet tights.
5. The fans. The Black Veiled Brides all had pounds of white face paint, and heavy eyeliner and creative stitches and scars drawn across their faces. Almost everyone sported a shirt or tank with the name or logo of the band they had come to support, whether it was Sleeping With Sirens or Attila. It was a collision of colors and camaraderie as everyone showed up to show support and excitement for their favorite bands.
6. The music. The most important part of Warped Tour, heavy metal, screamo and rock music was prevalent throughout the grounds, as each genre competed for a place in the ears of the listeners. There were many quieter, or tamer and subdued bands for the tentative listener, but the hardcore fans could enjoy the screaming and thrashing of guitars and drum solos.
7. Places to cool down. You could go inside the air-conditioned Junction station in case the 103-degree weather was getting to you, and fill up your water bottles in the free drinking fountains instead of buying $8 Gatorade.
8. The band tents. Each band had their own tent where you could buy shirts, pre-order albums, and have a chance at getting to meet the band members themselves if you came over at the time when they happened to be signing things.
9. Plenty to do. If your ears needed a break from the loud music, there was a lot of stuff to walk around and see, like fun houses and raffles. It was an impossible place to be bored.
10. Free stuff. There were a lot of giveaways if you "liked this" or "hashtagged that" on your Facebook or Twitter account. You could get a free spray-on tattoo, sunglasses, stickers, or spin a wheel for a prize just by logging on and liking a page.
11. Finally -- the bands. The bands were the best part of the 2013 Warped Tour! They had so much energy on stage and with their fans, it was fun for everyone. They would tell the crowds to mosh; some bands like Bring Me The Horizon started a huge "circle pit," and others like We Came As Romans started a "death wall" of colliding fans. Crowd surfing and reckless behavior were encouraged. They all were so passionate about their music, not stopping for anything -- the lead singer of Attila kept playing even when he got a record-breaking nosebleed on stage. The bands made it a really good experience for everyone to get to go and enjoy the thing they loved most -- the music -- in such an energetic setting.
Lily Valeika will be a senior at Layton High School and has enjoyed taking pictures as long as she can remember. She loves music, especially Owl City, and plays piano. Contact her at email@example.com.