-Written by Sharina Komen
On July 22nd Vans brought Warped Tour to Hartford, Connecticut. With big names like We The Kings, Four Year Strong and All Time Low playing, Warped Tour 2012 did not disappoint. Fans from all over Connecticut and even bordering states traveled to see their favorite bands preform throughout the day.
The day started off with Four Year Strong. The popular band had a sea of fans that spanned from the front of the stage to the merch tents. We The Kings gave a memorable show shortly after Four Year Strong turned over the stage. Although We The Kings was scheduled to go on stage early in the day, they made the best of it. Favorites like 'She Takes Me High', 'Check Yes Juliet', and 'Secret Valentine' had the crowd singing and dancing along. Before the band relinquished the stage they unveiled a new song that would coming out soon. Following the news of their new song, We The Kings announced they would be filming their performance of this song for a music video. From crowd surfing to sitting on a friends shoulders, fans did everything they could to get in the video. At Warped Tour, We The Kings set the mood of the day by giving one of the best performances.
Through out the day, the House of Marley Stage and the Tilly's Stage had a variety of talented artists. The Green gave a good show that was enjoyable for all who stopped by to listen. Their pop- reggae style was a relaxing change from the up beat music at other stages. Rapper G- Eazy gave an excellent performance that brought in a large audience. Directly to the right of the House of Marley Stage, the The Tilly's Stage had the most memorable performance of the day. Machine Gun Kelly started off with some technical difficulties, but as soon as they were fixed this rapper was everything that was expected. MGK gave this show his all from the moment he got on to second he exited the stage. This performance is the most memorable of Warped Tour 2012.
All Time Low was the perfect way to finish off a great day of music. Teenage girls crammed next to each other as much as they could in order to get to the front of the stage. Their performance of 'Dammed if I Do Ya (Dammed if I Don't)' was incredible live.
The Klean Kateen Station was a life saver for anyone who had an empty water bottle. For most of the day, the station offered free clean water to all those that needed it. In addition to free weather for most of the day, Warped Tour worked with vendors to lower the price of water bottles. These two services made a long day in the heat much more enjoyable. Warped Tour 2012 was an unforgettable experience thanks to all of the amazing performances.