A few weeks ago, the Vans Warped Tour made its long awaited return to London’s Alexandra Palace. Headlining proceedings were Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides. It’s been exactly four years since I last saw Black Veil Brides (At Shepherds Bush Empire) and was really looking forward to seeing them live again.
There were a few delays to the start of the day and as a result the main stage performances started half an hour later than planned. Kicking off things on the main stage were The Word Alive. These guys put on an incredibly energetic performance and unquestionably warmed the crowd up for the rest of the day.
Black Foxxes opened the Kevin Says stage – I love this band. I discovered them on the Radio 1 Rock Show a few months ago and finally caught them live (and interviewed them) at the Reading Festival in August. If you haven’t heard the band’s tunes before, the best way to describe their sound is a mix of Nirvana and Manchester Orchestra. They sounded absolutely huge – Highlight of the set was ‘River’.
Next up was Rob Lynch on the Jägermeister Stage. Rob and his band put on a really good acoustic pop-punk show – the crowd loved it and were signing along! ‘Broken Bones’ was my highlight of the set.
I’m sure, you’ve read/heard this before, but ROAM play like their lives depend on it and this could be seen in the crowd. ‘Deadweight’ – the band’s latest single, had the crowd signing and moshing along. It was so cool to see. Mark my words, these guys will be playing festival main stages in a year or two.
Asking Alexandria put on an incredible show complete with pyro. It was my first time seeing Denis Stoff on vocals and to be honest I felt that his performance was a little weak. However, the overall musicianship and stage presence from the rest of the band made up for this. Highlight tracks were ‘I Won’t Give In’ and ‘Not The American Average’.
Black Veil Brides closed the UK leg of the Vans Warped Tour. It was a good show, but it wasn’t memorable. The crowd were loving it, but it didn’t feel like the band were putting in 100% . Set highlights were ‘Fallen Angels’ and the song that started it all ‘Knives and Pens’.