On Saturday, July 29th, it was the day that punk rock fans have been waiting for since last summer, the 25th Anniversary celebration of Vans Warped Tour in Atlantic City, NJ on the beach. Bringing the ‘punk rock summer camp‘ to Atlantic City for one last hurrah on the East Coast with a full weekend (2-day) Warped celebration including your favorite live bands, motorsports, human cannonball and a lot of fun marking the festival’s 25th anniversary as a staple in the rock music scene. This year bringing a massive lineup that included A Day To Remember, Blink-182, 311, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Eyes Set To Kill and many more for two full days of music on the beach with friends.
A Day To Remember nearly caused a tsunami with the energy that they brought to the beach, with a 12-song set full of hits including “All I Want,” “Paranoia,” “All Signs That Point to Lauderdale,” “The Downfall Of Us All” and then adding in a fan-favorite hit that the band doesn’t play much live “Sticks & Bricks” which got the crowd going crazy. A Day to Remember never fail to bring along one of the best live shows that you will see, with some impeccable onstage presence, musicianship and their live sound being better than the recorded versions at times.
Before, A Day To Remember’s set bands like 311, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Simple Plan, Andrew W.K. and more kept the crowd moving with in-your-face blistering rock sets. Even the rain didn’t put a damper on the rock show with the exception of the brief evacuation before Good Charlotte took to the stage which fans had to leave the beach for a quick but fast approaching round of thunderstorms that cooled the hot sand off before the fans returned for the remaining sets.
Travie McCoy brought Gym Class Heroes hit songs to the stage including songs like “Cookie Jar,” “Stereo Hearts,” “Cupids Chokehold,” “Ass Back Home” and more for a set fans adored. Although it wasn’t the full band of Gym Class Heroes, it was McCoy the frontman of the band and he was amazing live. Andrew W.K. brought the party during his set, making fans explode into a dance party. Good Charlotte then brought an incredible set full of their fan-favorite hits whilst also including new songs from their latest records, Generation RX and Youth Authority. Their set did have some technical difficulties but that didn’t stop The Madden Brothers and band from bringing the heat to the already sweltering beaches of Atlantic City for a set that we will not soon forget even after a brief evacuation.
The celebrations continued on day two (June 30th) with Blink-182, Andy Black, Atreyu, The Offspring, Circa Survive, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, The Used and more playing.
See our photo gallery of Day 1 below: