Today has to go down as possibly one of the worst concert experiences of my life time. Actually, I will just go ahead and say that yes, it was the worst. It was my first time ever at Warped Tour, as generally I’m not a big fan (to put it nicely) of most of the bands that play at this tour. But for this one, my friends and I went for a couple of excellent bands we are fans of: After the Burial and The Ghost Inside. It turned out to be a shitty experience for several reasons.
Unfortunately, a 19-year-old woman died during Chelsea Grin‘s set. It is still not quite clear as to what she died from, but it may have been a heart-attack. She was unconscious and attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. I’m not sure anyone or anything can really be blamed for this sad incident, but there were many people on social networks saying people need to take care of each other at these shows. We were just heading towards that stage when this happened, so we didn’t actually see it all go down. My condolences go out to the family and friends of the young woman.
The whole set-up of this thing is ridiculous. There are several different stages spread throughout, and 50 or more bands – 90% or so which are absolute crap and not worth seeing, but that’s not the worst of it, and I can’t complain too much having known before hand that most of the bands there would not really be to my liking. The set up and chaotic organization of this event however, is inexcusable. We couldn’t really plan our day based on any sort of schedule that all the bands and stages would have, as they didn’t release it for some odd reason until the last fucking moment. My question is, WHY? On top of that, if you wanted an actual print-out, on a regular piece of paper of the map and schedule, you had to pay $2.00? I know at music festivals like this gouging occurs all the time, but this is the next level of stupidity. $2.00 for a shitty piece of paper? Fuck you to the organizers of this piece of shit excuse for a music event.
We did manage to see the main band that was my main reason for going to this crap after all that garbage. After the Burial were missing one of their guitarists as he apparently forgot his passport at the border. Fortunately these guys aren’t sore losers and decided they could still carry on with their set, which we were all happy about. I couldn’t understand how this band didn’t get one of the main stages. They easily have more talent on their pinky fingers than 99% of the bands that were there. Their performance was excellent, but unfortunately the sound was not the greatest as it didn’t seem loud enough and their set was way too short. When these guys it the stage is when the rain started coming down, and it came down hard! The large crowd gathered at this small stage didn’t seem to mind because they were all there to see an excellent band playing real music. As their short set came to an end, the rain came down even harder and everybody was soaked. The only other band we really cared to see on this day was The Ghost Inside but we weren’t gonna wait around until the torrential downpour ended and finally decided to call it a day and go home.
We were all quite down on the day and happy to go home, I think. This was easily the shittiest music festival I’ve ever experienced. Vans Warped Tour? Never again!