Top 4 bands to see on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour

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The Vans Warped Tour returns to Charlotte tomorrow, celebrating its 23rd year running with a slew of bands primarily showcasing the scene’s premier and rising heavy talent. The traveling festival boasts a history of offering fans a diverse strain of music and providing festival goers with a full day with their beloved musicians. No matter the lineup, there’s a little something for everyone. Without further ado, here’s our five un-missable acts on this year’s Warped Tour:


Ever since dropping their fifth studio album, To Those Left Behind, the Beau Bokan fronted metal core band has vigorously toured the earth, and unfortunately the cycle is almost up. However, there’s little reason to cry as Blessthefall saved the best for last: Warped Tour. These dudes are Warped veterans, enjoying their fifth round of the festival, and know how to do it right. If you’re looking for a good time, immerse yourself in the sweaty mosh pit that’s guaranteed at Blessthefall’s set.

New Years Day

For many fans in the southeast, Warped Tour marks the first opportunity in a while to see New Years Day live. The band recently was forced to cancel their support on Attila’s Spring tour due to a foot injury that nagged front woman Ash Costello. The band and fans alike were terribly saddened by the news, but promised their APMA nominated, dedicated fan base that they’d return with a bang. The time has come and we’re all excited to see the show that’s in store.

I Prevail

Explosive. The nine letter word perfectly sums up I Prevail’s rise to prominence in the post-hardcore genre. The Michigan natives gathered in late 2013 and within a year, the four-piece band created a name for themselves. I Prevail has skyrocketed up the popularity charts as of late, and frankly, it’s all deserved. There’s little to dislike about I Prevail. Their music boasts a nice mix of two fine vocalists. It’s heavy enough to induce mosh pits and catchy enough to land the band on mainstream radio. Their set is carefully crafted and more than not features the famous cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”

Hawthorne Heights

This year’s Warped Tour brings back a lot of childhood memories for the millennials attending. Hawthorne Heights is partly responsible. Known for their prominence during emo music’s heyday, Hawthorne Heights’ discography boasts classics such as “Ohio Is For Lovers” and “Saying Sorry.” Expect the band to play a few of their newer tracks, but come ready to jam out to age-old songs that hold a place in every 20-something’s heart.

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Benjamin Robson

Benjamin Robson

As a photo journalist with more than 2 months experience, he’s worked with The Charlotte Observer, Alternative Press, Fueled by Ramen,, and himself. Currently attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte obtaining a BS BA in Management Information Systems with a Minor in Religious Studies.

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