This year’s Vans Warped Tour made it’s way back to the Nassau Coliseum this past Saturday July 21st. Bringing together people of all ages and music interests, thousands of eager fans flooded the parking lot anxiously waiting for the gates to open and the line-up to be posted. A cool 84 degrees provided the perfect weather for this multi-stage one-day event. Upon entry, band advertisements and set times were scattered on everything from stage barricades and porter-potties to body-painted fan’s chests. It was a mad dash to every one of the 7 stages, with the earliest artist going on at 11:40am. Barely clothed teen girls sporting tiny bikinis and signs like “Free Hugs” found themselves spots at the Pop/Punk stages while the seemingly older and testosterone driven crowd made their way to the Hardcore stages.
Warped Tour 2012 did not disappoint with rock veterans New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday headlining the Kia main stages as well as Pop/Punk favorite All Time Low. Jordan Pundik of NFG belted out songs from their latest album Radiosurgery and, of course, old favorites like “My Friends Over You”. Each of the headliners drew in massive crowds consisting of a great mix of fairly new and dedicated old fans. Perhaps one of the most memorable performances of the day was up-and-coming rapper T-Mills.
Other impressive performances included Pierce the Veil, Senses Fail, and Of Mice & Men, each bringing in hundreds of fans around the stages crowd-surfing and moshing throughout their entire performances. Long Island natives Taking Back Sunday were the best band to close out the night on the Kia Main Stage. Opening with “El Paso” and keeping the energy alive throughout with set with crowd favorites like “ Liar (It Takes One To Know One)”, “You’re So Last Summer” and “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From the Team)”, TBS truly delivered.