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Review: FAU students rocked by Vans Warped Tour 2012

Not even the brutal South Florida sun could keep FAU students from having fun at Vans Warped Tour 2012.

This year’s Warped Tour had a little something for everyone; with eight stages spread out across the South Florida Fairgrounds, there was no shortage of music. Everything from alternative rock bands with a huge following, like Yellowcard, to local bands gaining new fans, like Omissions.

The South Florida Fairgrounds at the Cruzan Amphitheater, right before 441 in West Palm Beach, proved a perfect size venue for an event this crowded. Everywhere you looked there were tents selling band merchandise or local vendors selling to attendees.

Everymen, a local band from Lake Worth, had their own tent set up to promote their music and sell merchandise.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity, but boy howdy is it hot,” Reid Worroll said, Everymen’s mandolin player.

Everymen performed at the SelfMade Co. stage which was set up on the other side of the amphitheater, away from the other, more popular stages where all the action was. Yet, they still had a good turn out of people who came to watch them play.

“We just want someone to be there,” said Worroll. “If we can get out there to a few more kids that would be fantastic.”

Everymen played all three Florida Warped Tour locations: Orlando on July 27, West Palm Beach July 28 and St. Petersburg July 29. They plan on touring for a month after a new album release party on Aug. 3.

One band who had no trouble collecting a crowd was Yellowcard. Playing on the Kia Soul Stage toward the back of the fairgrounds, Yellowcard tore it up for their fans.

Crowd surfing during Yellowcard’s set. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.

“If you have never crowd surfed before,” lead singer Ryan Key yelled, “now would be a good time to try.”

And with that, 12 people were lifted into the heat and sent toward the stage.

Temperatures climbed to 89 degrees but the heat index made it feel more like 97. Still, there were plenty of shaded spots where people sat and rested between performances. Some included tents with fans and misters. Misting stations, by the Amphitheaters bathrooms, drew the masses. They soon went from misting to a steady stream of water being pumped through a hose.

Similar temperatures were felt at the Midwestern and Northeastern tour dates earlier this summer.

“I’ve poured my water bottle on my head a few times today,” said Jacob Allen said, a junior majoring in studio art at FAU.

The price of bottled water was dropped to three dollars but Klean Kanteen, a company that makes stainless steel bottles, had a booth set up were people could fill their water bottles or water jugs, for free with filtered water. As the day grew hotter, the line got longer.

Monica Mitry. Photo by Melissa Landolfa.

“This is my first Warped Tour. I love it. It’s amazing,” Monica Mitry said, a senior majoring in art history. “I can’t wait to come again next year.”

“I’ve wanted to come every year but I never have friends that would come with me and this year I finally have friends to come with,” Mitry added, who came to see New Found Glory and Yellowcard.

Even after hours of walking and moshing in the hot sun, a new wave of energy washed over the crowd when a new band would perform. Lostprophets, a Welsh rock band, had the most amount of people moshing as they played at the Tilly’s Stage.

For Streetlight Manifesto and Pierce the Veil, the crowds were mixed. Playing on the main Kia Rio Stage, the actual Cruzan Amphitheater, some were dancing and singing in the mosh pit, while others were taking a much needed break in the shade.

Those on the grass were even more relaxed. As Pierce the Veil started playing, it was already close to 7:00 p.m. There were still those few, dedicated fans moshing around close to the stage, but others on the grass were napping, eating, or throwing a Frisbee around.

“This is my second Warped Tour,” Jacobs said, who came this year to see Streetlight Manifesto. “The general atmosphere is that everyone is having fun. I’ve been here since 1:00 p.m. and I plan on staying till the end because I plan on seeing New Found Glory.”

When the sun started setting, the tents and trucks began breaking down and packing up. By the time New Found Glory performed at 8:30 p.m., the venue looked like a deserted theme park. Empty bottles of water, promotional fliers and articles of clothing littered the fairgrounds.

Despite the heat and the crowds, it could not have been a more perfect day for a concert. The weather was clear and beautiful. And despite this week being the last in a summer long concert series, the bands brought great energy and succeeded in putting on a show for their fans from FAU and the rest of South Florida.

[Ed. Note: In a previous version of this story, the word “students” was omitted from the headline. This has since been changed.]


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    Jacob AllenAug 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This is awesome I’m in the review. How cool is this. Thanks for putting my interview in the review. Yellowcard, Streetlight Manifesto, and New Found Glory were awesome. It was a great Warped Tour.

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    CassiJul 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Was this author even at warped? The crowd for pierce the veil was SO much larger than for yellowcard and was easily the most energetic crowd of the entire day. Why only focus on the bands that play on crap radio? Really thinking that this author go their pics from Facebook, this wasn’t accurate at all.

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    lolwutJul 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Great to see that Warped Tour was at FAU this year!

    Oh wait. It was at the Fairgrounds?

    Couldn’t have known from THAT headline!