© Dhruv Kumar
All live Photos and Words by Dhruv Kumar and Dominic Bianco
With Asking Alexandria, the energy in the crowd seems to have erupt with anticipation. With the addition of the new lead singer Denis Stoff, he proved that he can still hit Danny’s top vocal range and notes as well as still bring a new flavor to the band. Must say I like the direction that they are going in.
For BVB the crowd was at an all rise peak. These guys always bring great energy and are all over the place it was hard for me to shoot them. But they played a great show, judging from a recent live DVD of theirs in concert, you get great stage presence from the guys, and they have a special connection with their fan base, and a great up and coming band that’s only going to get better. Great performance!!!
Miss May I being one of the hardcore metal bands at warped this year did not stop the crowd from having fun. It was nuts in the photo pit to a point that security had to kick out everyone because every fan was going nuts. The band played a great set as evidence by their surroundings.
Silverstein played on the monster stage which was a small stage compared to all the other and that didn’t stop them and the fans from having fun. The bands guitarist was very energetic and played their songs without a pick and strumming with his fingers. Pretty impressive to watch. The lead singer Shannon Told was the second most energetic person on stage. Another solid performance on this day.
Attila was a different experience. The lead singer was in a white jump suit which looked a bit outrageous. The music was very loud and a lot of screaming and had a lot of the fans singing, crowd surfing, and moshing like crazy. Thing got so bad in the pit that we were kicked out in the middle of the second song. That’s how crazy it was. Must say I didn’t like the music but I had fun.
Beartooth was just plain awesome. Very high energy band and so were the fans. Fans were pretty much singing it louder than the band on stage. The second song “In Between” caused so much of a ruckus and one of the bands member was in the crowd surfing and playing his guitar. Fans were going bonkers and surfing and sing along. Warped tours own security had to be the one to kick us all out of the pit because this was one of those bands that went crazy.
Memphis May Fire I have seen them before multiple times and I have always been excited to see them because their fans are fucking nuts. But this year was different, it was a much tamer crowd and the bands performance was also tame. But still a good performance but I wasn’t used to seeing this side of the band.
Bebe Rexha was one of the pop artist we shot this year and she might be small but her voice was amazing. A great talent. Wrote songs for Eminem and Rihanna. She started off slow but then got into it and rocked the crowd that was mainly a lot of teenage girls. I was impressed with her talent, beauty and stage presence.
Icon for Hire and front woman Ariel Bloomer left it all on the stage this year at Warped Tour. From her heartfelt performance of “Now You Know” a song that highlights the struggles she has faced being a female in a male dominated music scene to the energetic covers of “Bleed it out” by Linkin Park and “All I do is win” by DJ Khaled, Ariel definitely proved her point that she can hold her own just like everyone else.
While She Sleeps, the UK rockers came out heavy and only turned things up from there. After pulling a fan from the crowd and passing off the mic, vocalist Lawrence Taylor managed to take control of the Monster stage right away. These guys definitely knew how to work the stage and keep the crowd going .
With We Came as Romans, the crowd was not short of energy for the last band of the night. The band is no stranger to Warped to after playing the tour for the fourth time they know exactly how to keep the crowd going, from inflatable rafts, and plenty of regular crowd surfing they made sure that if anyone had any energy left it was spent on them.
Juliet Simms was the runner up of season two of “The Voice” this pop/rocker has come a long way since her time on the show. With a powerful voice that could be heard across the stages Juliet gave a raw emotional performance that was felt through the crowd. With the recent release of her “All or Nothing” EP she thrilled fans with tracks from there as well as a few new ones as well