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Vans Warped Tour 2012: What To Expect

Alison Wotton |
June 28, 2012 | 1:30 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Austin Carlile of Of Mice And Men, the band that closed the tour's stop. (via Alison Wotton)
Austin Carlile of Of Mice And Men, the band that closed the tour's stop. (via Alison Wotton)
Vans Warped Tour is running now through August 5th, and as of now is making its way across the country. Here's a quick list of show highlights, provided by photographer Alison Wotton, who saw the tour's stop in Pomona, CA: 

You Me At Six

British rock band You Me at Six was one of the first acts of the day, drawing a big noontime crowd.

Polar Bear Club 

Polar Bear Club was the first band I shot in the pit at Warped. I had read about them on some music blogs that I read and never really gave them a listen. They put on a great live show. 

Transit – Acoustic Basement 

I ran into quite a bit of Massachusetts pop punk bands – hailing from my home state. At Warped this year there is an Acoustic Basement tent, produced by Brian Marquis, also from Massachusetts, who used to play in Therefore I Am. I was fortunate to catch part of Transit’s set.


Yellowcard – a set not to be missed at Warped Tour. They played many of their hits alongside their new single “Always Summer”  - you guessed it, the perfect summer jam. They perfectly combine rock with violins and catchy lyrics.

A Loss for Words – Acoustic Basement 

I wandered over to the Acoustic Basement tent again and found A Loss for Words doing an acoustic set. Definitely check them out, they will be doing acoustic sets all summer. They are from the next town over from me back in Massachusetts so it is great to see them out on this tour.

Every Time I Die

I had free time so I caught a few songs of Every Time I Die, a metal band from Buffalo, New York. They drew quite the crowd and had plenty of crowd surfers. 

Four Year Strong 

Massachusetts pop punk favorites brought the energy and crowd surfers to the Kia Soul main stage. Donning matching Hawaiian printed shirts, the band members rocked out and closed their set with fan favorite, “Wasting Time”.

Matt Toka

Though on a smaller stage than some of the previous acts mentioned, Matt Toka gave fans a high energy show, often jumping off stage and singing into the crowd.

We Are The In Crowd 

One of the few female fronted bands on the tour, WATIC is lead by singer Tay Jardine, who appeared on the cover of one of the Alternative Press Warped Tour issues. The full band includes Jordan Eckes (guitar/vocals), Mike Ferri (bass guitar), Rob Chianelli (drums), and Cameron Hurley (guitar).

Pierce the Veil

Local favorite Pierce the Veil is from San Diego, led by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes.

Taking Back Sunday signing

One of the great things about Warped Tour is band signings throughout the day at sponsor and vendor tents. Taking Back Sunday did a signing at the Kia in the afternoon before playing their set that evening. Fans lined up quite a bit in advance to get CDs and merch signed.

New Found Glory 

Warped Tour veterans New Found Glory donned matching jerseys and proved to the crowd that “Pop punk’s not dead.” They recently announced they would be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their album “Sticks and Stones.”

Mayday Parade

Lead singer Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade greeted the crowd with a big smile as the band came on stage. The Florida band is on Warped Tour this summer through August 5.


Boston hardcore band Vanna played the Tilly’s stage. The band are Warped Tour veterans, playing in 2006, 2007, and 2009.


Another great Boston pop punk band, Transit, played the Ernie Ball stage and will be on the entire Warped Tour.

A Loss for Words 

When I got to the stage for A Loss for Words’ set, I missed the opportunity to shoot them. However, as I approached the stage, I noticed lead singer Matty Arsenault actually in the crowd, standing and singing to fans.

The Used

The Used, led by front man Bert McCracken, recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their self-titled debut album.

Taking Back Sunday

Also recently celebrating 10 years of their album “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday has reformed to its original lineup and are not to be missed on the main stage of this year’s Warped Tour.

All Time Low

Pop punk favorites All Time Low played as the sun was setting over the Pomona Fairgrounds.

Of Mice and Men

Headliners, Of Mice and Men, closed out Warped Tour in Pomona, a hometown show for them.

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