Something for Everyone
After a year without a Montreal stop, the 2014 edition of the Vans Warped Tour included a Montreal date, and I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend. I had never been to Warped Tour before, but I really enjoyed the overall layout of the event, as it was so different from the Heavy Montreal set up I’ve become used to. Warped Tour really is an event that offers something for everyone.
The lineup included over 75 different bands of a variety of different styles. Though this year’s lineup wasn’t incredible in my opinion, the festival was set up in a way that you always had something to do and were always having a good time. There were tons of merch and store booths, autograph signings and meet-and-greets, acoustic sessions, skateboard and pro-wrestling shows, and a new addition: the opportunity to meet the Warped YouTubers (this year’s tour included Vincent Cyr, Bryan Stars, Damon Fizzy, Johnnie Guilbert, and Kaitlin Witcher). If that wasn’t enough, there were tons of stages with performances going on at all times so there was bound to be something you’d want to watch at some point.
Overall, though the event was a lot shorter than the long all-day festivals like Heavy Montréal and Osheaga, there was still a ton to see and do. The stand-out performance of the day, in my opinion, would have to have been Parkway Drive. The Australian metalcore band drew in a huge crowd and got every single person excited. If you weren’t a fan of theirs before, you are now.
In all, Warped Tour 2014 was a great experience. The crowd and scenery were just great and there was never a dull moment.