LIVE: Vans Warped Tour UK 2013

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The first band I caught on the Saturday were Japanese legends Crossfaith. These guys are absolutely incredible and blew everyone away. They were definitely one of the best acts of the day. Highlights were ‘Monolith’  and ‘Eclipse’. It was announced a few weeks ago, that they’ll be back in the UK supporting Limp Bizkit in February – I look forward to this!

Yellowcard were up next. I didn’t realise how big this band were until now. The band had an absolutely massive turnout. Their catchy pop-punk sound had everyone singing along – It was a solid performance and I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. Highlight tracks were set opener ‘Lights and Sounds’ and set closer ‘Ocean Avenue’.

Parkway Drive tore London a new one. Their set was absolutely phenomenal – they even made it snow (confetti) inside the venue. The band’s heavy, aggressive and powerful sound is something that sticks with you after seeing them. Highlight tracks were ‘Carrion’ and ‘Wild Eyes’. The band started the biggest circle pit of the weekend! – I look forward to seeing Parkway Drive play the UK again very soon.

Rise Against faced sound problems early on in their set, but still put on a great show. They played a mix of old and new material. Highlights were ‘Satellite’, ‘Prayer of the Refugee’ and ‘Ready to Fall’. Overall a great first day.

Kicking thins off on Sunday were The Color Morale. This post-hardcore band warmed everyone up for the last day of Warped. They played an awesome and ridiculously heavy set.

I then made my way downstairs to catch Birmingham 4 piece Page 44. The band sounded tight and played to a relatively packed out Kevin Says Stage.

We Are The Ocean played to a busy East Stage. They were received well by the London crowd. Frontman Liam Cromby sounded amazing and the band played flawlessly. Highlights were ‘The Waiting Room’ and ‘Bleed’.

Warped Tour is quickly becoming one of my favourite festivals in the UK. This is because they always give the fans one or two surprises. This years came in the form of A Day To Remember. The band played a short acoustic set on the Jagermeister stage just before Yellowcard were set to play. Highlights were ‘All I Want’ and ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’.  The band sounded great acoustically. They return to Alexandra Palace for a headline show early next year.

Overall a brilliant couple of days at Ally Pally. The Warped Tour came back for the second year in a row and it was absolutely amazing. The array of bands has got better, the merchandise area has got significantly bigger, there were more bands doing signings and to top it all off, the atmosphere was electric. Bring on the Vans Warped Tour UK 2014.