Images Courtesy of: Kayla Phelan

The Vans Warped Tour celebrated its 16th festival installment this past Saturday, July 17th returning back to Nassau Coliseum, by celebrating with a multi-stage music driven concert attended and celebrated by thousands anxiously awaiting all year for this one day event. By 11:30am traffic was backed up more than a mile on the Meadowbrook Pkwy with an onslaught of vehicles painted with phrases like “Warped or die”. Locating a parking space was a challenge within itself, as the long walk to the actual coliseum was the beginning of an exhausting but exhilarating day with temperatures hitting 96°F, with not a cloud in the sky to stop eager crowds from seeing their bands of choice. Upon entry, logo and band advertisements were visible while fans sprinted to secure their spot at one of the seven stages scattered throughout the parking lot. Girls in bikinis claimed their spot by the Pop/Punk stages, while mosh pits and testosterone took center around the Hardcore stages.

Warped Tour ’10 brought major headliners in indie and commercial rock that included favorites like The All-American Rejects, Sum 41, and Mike Posner providing noteworthy performance. Tyson Ritter of AAR played on the main stage, drawing in huge crowds belting out lyrics to songs like “Dirty Little Secret”, “ Swing Swing”, “Move Along”, and of course “Gives You Hell”. On the other side of the lot, Sum 41 played for a huge crowd packed in front and around the stage with fans crowd surfing throughout their entire performance, to older songs that included “In Too Deep” and “Fat Lip”. Artist Mike Posner held it down later on in the night. The producer, singer/songwriter won the hearts of hundreds of screaming woman and surprising respect from some of the hardcore bands. Other memorable performaces of the day included Alkaline Trio, Motion City Soundtrack, Automatic Loveletter, and Bring Me The Horizon. Warped brought together people of all ages and music interests. It is truly unlike many other festivals due to the relaxed environment and the connection between the bands and their fans. By 9 pm, the performances were done and those in attendance left marked by bruises, dirt, and sweat. Nevertheless feeling completely content and satisfied for another year. Get a full recap after the flip.