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Vans Warped Tour 2014 – Montreal Live Review

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Vans Warped Tour 2014 in Images – Montreal Live Review

Every Time I Die - Warped Tour 2014 - July 5th- Photo by Andrej Ivanov

Every Time I Die – Warped Tour 2014 – July 5th- Photo by Andrej Ivanov

After a year’s leave of absence of Montreal, the infamous punk/hardcore/metalcore festival, the Vans Warped Tour made a triumphant return to the Montreal scene. Many styles merged together in one afternoon, to catch over 75 different bands. Aside from the music, there was a plethora of merch tables to pick and choose from, bands, causes, and stores alike converging in one area to attract new customers; autograph signing sessions and open air meet-and-greets, if you were willing to wait in line; an acoustic basement sessions, where bands played intimate and limited acoustic sessions for select fans; skateboard and pro wrestling shows, a nice distraction from the music; and of course, the main even, what everyone flocks to the Vans Warped Tour for, the wide spectrum of rock bands, spanning from pop-punk kings like The Maine and The Summer Set, to deathcore legends Chelsea Grin. It goes without saying that there was some local talent and smaller bands, notably Montreal’s own Hey Sugar, and Albany’s State Champs. Both of the latter bands gave definite show-stealing performances, albeit being placed in a very ill-located stage, in the middle of a bottleneck, which sometimes caused traffic.

Logistically, the set-up of the stages was one of the most inadequate ones, for the first time in years. The bands were scattered and it became very daunting to run around trying to catch every band you want to catch. On it’s own note, sticking one of two main stages right by the entrance may be a double edged sword, allowing for people to leave faster, but also causing a potential for massive traffic jams in the entrance.

All in all, the bands that stole the day were Australia’s Parkway Drive, Buffalo’s Every Time I Die, both delivering absolutely psychotic shows and attracting massive crowds. These two bands were shadowed by two smaller bands, as previously mentioned, Hey Sugar and State Champs. At the end of the day, despite being exhausted, the Vans Warped Tour proved to be a very successful (albeit brief) event, giving the right dose of everything that was needed!

The bands we shot were as follows:

Mayday Parade
Hey Sugar
Parkway Drive
The Summer Set
Every Time I Die
The Devil Wears Prada
Stray From The Path
Less Than Jake
The Maine
The Story So Far

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Written and Photographed by Andrej Ivanov