From comic book villains to water suppliers, Milwaukee's Warped Tour stop brought its usual miscellaneous crowd on July 26.
The Vans Warped Tour’s annual stop in Milwaukee on July 26 somehow manages to pack more than 70 bands on seven stages taking up only about one-fourth of the Summerfest Grounds in less than nine hours is impressive to say the least. What’s more impressive is the sheer number of teenage girls with blue hair dye, lip piercings and amount of swear words packed into that same area and time slot. The grounds were as eclectically populated as it was loud, with attendees ranging from 14 year olds at their first concert to their 50-year-old chaperones. Here we’ve chronicled just a few of the attendees and what they had to say about America’s largest touring music festival, past and present.
HUMANS OF WARPED Hugo hails from Sturgeon Bay and came to his third Warped Tour on Tuesday. After going to the travelling music festival for the first time in 2014 to see one of his favorite bands – Anberlin – he was exposed to a wider range of music and viewpoints than he expected, drawing him back to the Summerfest Grounds each of the last two years for more Warped. "You can see different perspectives of how these musicians portray their music and whatnot and what they're all about and how you see through – with their music – what they're trying to get out, what type of message." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #anberlin #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music #kirby
HUMANS OF WARPED Daniel, a New Jersey native, works for Event Water Solutions, a partner of the Vans Warped Tour and Cool Gear. Event Water Solutions provided the water refilling stations to thirsty fans free of charge and sold reusable souvenir bottles, designed and produced Vans and Cool Gear. With highs in the upper 80s and not much of a cooling wind coming from the adjacent lake, his work was surely appreciated by the 10,000-plus attendees. "It doesn't feel like work to me. I love helping people, and we're helping the environment simultaneously. You can't beat that." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #eventwatersolutions #coolgear #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music
HUMANS OF WARPED The Joker revealed his identity to be Zack from Rockford, IL. When he found the time between countless passersby who wanted a selfie with The Clown Prince of Crime, Zack mentioned his apprehension for the new #SuicideSquad movie and the brotherhood he feels up close to the stage with fellow fans at Warped Tour. "There's an energy and a welcoming atmosphere. If you're in the mosh pit, there's tons of guys who want to be your friend in there. It's not the crazy storm you think it is. It's all just really fun." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #cosplay #Joker #Batman #DCComics #HeathLedger #JaredLeto #moshpit #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music
HUMANS OF WARPED Lucy (left) and Shannon (right) were found wandering amongst the various stands selling clothes, accessories and novelties on their way to the next show. It was both of their first times at Warped Tour and were still feeling overwhelmed by the verve of those around them a few hours into the festivities. S: "It's, like, high energy, and it's really, like, relaxed." L: "That did not make sense. That was contradicting." S: "Like, people are nice but it's high energy. It's very tiring, I'm tired already." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music
HUMANS OF WARPED Cody along Lake Michigan from Kenosha to make it to the Warped Tour's stop in Milwaukee on Tuesday where he saw Motionless In White, one of his favorite bands. Cody is a veteran of the United States' largest touring music festival and moshed for the first time last year at Warped Tour, an unanticipated but eye-opening experience for him. "It was an adrenaline rush, honestly. I never thought I would've done it, and I just got in there and I went for it and came out okay, which is more than I can say for a lot of the other people." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music #moshpit #moshing
HUMANS OF WARPED Cheyenne and Matt made the four-hour trek southward from Iron Mountain, Michigan, to the Warped Tour's yearly stop in Milwaukee. It was Cheyenne's first time at Warped Tour, which was "a little bit of a culture shock" as she put it, although Matt has gone several times in his home state of Massachusetts. Coming back to Warped, this time in Milwaukee, Matt still finds himself at home, appreciating the change in atmosphere and perspectives from the Upper Peninsula. "I like the people you get surrounded by. Nobody treats me like an outcast here, whereas (in Iron Mountain) I get treated like an outcast hardcore. It's a podunk little town. They're not used to nothing like me. They don't play this music; they don't even have a radio station that'll play this up there. I come here basically to fit in. This is my extended family, you know, this is my extended family here. We all take care of each other." Photo by Adam Rogan. #humansofwarped #warpedtour #vans #mke #milwaukeemag #lakefront #festival #music #family