With another summer passing by we have another season to enjoy the beautiful weather and all the activities that go along with it, including attending concerts. Summer is a special season because it also brings about a seasonal rock tour that always gathers attention since 1995: Vans Warped Tour.
Warped Tour is usually an outside concert venue that also hosts multiple contests, giveaways, meet-and-greets, and so much more for concert-enthusiasts. As a two-year attendee for Warped Tour, I can personally vouch that this tour is extremely fun, action-packed, and chaotic.
For many first-time concert participants, an all-day music venue can be a bit overwhelming. As important as it is to have fun on days like this, it’s even more important to stay safe while doing so. Below is a list comprised of tips from the Warped Tour main website and personal experience from myself that will help one stay safe while having a good time at the country’s most successful rock tour.
Bring a friend
Most people who attend concerts do not do so alone. You are always safer when you are with people who can watch your back, and who doesn’t want their buddy by their side while listening to rockin’ music? If you are going to Warped this summer, please bring a friend, they will probably be happy you invited them as well.
Supply when dry
Packing snacks and beverages is always a smart idea when going out for an adventure, especially when each day at Warped Tour is about 12 hours straight. In the past, food and drinks at the event have been expensive, with water bottles going anywhere from $3-$5.
However, this summer Warped is featuring Cool Gear Hydration Stations which give fans access to FREE filtered water. Just be sure to pack a water bottle, which has to be emptied upon arrival, but can be filled at any station labeled “WATER” in the festival grounds. Additionally, after requests for lower-priced water, venues and promotors will also be selling water at a more affordable price.
Look out for your fellow rockers
One of the most common injuries at Warped Tour (and other concerts) is falling during crowd surfing or better yet; getting punched in the face during a mosh pit. It may not seem bad at first, but imagine being hoisted 6 feet in the air and suddenly being dropped because the person in front was not paying attention. It is enough to break or fracture a limb. There are plenty of medical tents and EMT’s at the event, but it can be hard for them to fight through a crowd if someone is injured.
Do your part to prevent injury. If you are near the front of a crowd, be aware and look out for incoming crowd surfers. There is nothing more surprising than a sweaty body being thrown on you. And if you happen to see someone on the ground, help them up as fast as possible. If you find yourself overheating or feeling dehydrated, take the time to find a water station. You may miss a few minutes of the show, but it’s better than missing out on the entire tour from heat exhaustion!
One of the most important things to keep in mind while attending a large event like this is to always keep in contact with someone. It can very easy to lose track of your friends with so many people constantly moving about. While taking pictures and videos with your phone will be enticing, be sure to save plenty of battery for contacting any party members you may have come along with. Consider bringing a portable charger as well. They are fairly inexpensive and very useful on days like this.
MyCharge Basic Power Portable Power Bank, $14.99 from Target.