Vans Warped Tour – Chicago, IL – 07.23.16

The Vans Warped Tour stopped in Tinley Park, Illinois on July 23rd, a little over halfway through the tour. Doors opened at 11 a.m. but there were people waiting in line for hours already, everyone’s favorite day of the summer had finally arrived.

One of the earlier sets of the day was The Story So Far. Halfway through their set, an individual ended up needing medical attention, the Warped crew and the band immediately took notice and stopped playing until the fan was taken care of. It was relieving to see how much everyone involved in the tour cares about everyone that’s attending.

Another early performance, but definitely a highlight of the day, was Yellowcard’s set. For those that may not know, the band have recently announced that they will be releasing a new album and will be doing a final world tour before they officially break up this year. Between songs Ryan Key was explaining all that was going on and that Chicago was one of the bands favorite places to always play in, and then with a heavy heart said “this is our last time playing Warped Tour in Chicago.” The set ended with Ocean Avenue, an obvious fan-favorite. Everyone sang along and gave it their all, for one last time at Warped for this band.

This date of the tour was a very special one for two bands, Real Friends and Knuckle Puck. Tinley Park is the hometown for both bands and it was apparent that they were stoked to be back home and playing where they grew up. The local scene is very important to these guys, especially to Real Friends.  They still promote Chicago/Chicago-area local shows, have local bands send in their CDs to be shipped with RF merch, they even created their own zine which consisted of local bands people should check out, and so on.

Midday at Warped Tour, when the sun was beaming down strong, some of the heavier bands on the tour took the stage. Old Wounds from New Jersey played on the Full Sail stage. They were easily one of the most underrated bands on Warped this year. Old Wounds strongly supports the LGBT and Pro-Choice communities. They had one of the most energetic onstage performances on the tour, which included them joining in the pit during their set, making the whole crowd involved in their performance.

Warped Tour veterans Vanna and Every Time I Die created a lot of buzz at the Monster stage. Their high energy performances and heavy songs kept the crowd alive and awake throughout the day.


Every Time I Die

Motionless In White



The Maine

Tonight Alive


Finally, when the day was coming to an end everyone at the fest rushed over to the Journey’s main stage to catch Sum 41 because their headlining set was not worth missing. The last time Sum 41 played a show in Illinois was back in 2013 when they had their “Does This Look Infected” 10 year anniversary tour. They were heavily missed by the Midwest. The crowd chanted “SUM 41! SUM 41!” as the band took the stage. Warped instantly went off as soon as Sum opened up with “The Hell Song”. The entire set stayed energetic and the band ended with their major hit single, “Fat Lip.”

New Found Glory

Four Year Strong

Warped Tour had it all this year. Old school bands such as New Found Glory, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, and Yellowcard were primary focal points. Breakthrough bands like Waterparks, Old Wounds, and With Confidence kept the lineup fresh. Classic warped bands which include Mayday Parade, The Maine, Every Time I Die, and Real Friends were also necessary attractions to draw in crowds from different scenes. You name it, Warped has it all! That’s what makes Warped Tour so special. You get to see bands you grew up listening to, bands who are taking over the scene, and you get to discover new bands you’ve never listened to before all in the same day.


Photos and Article by Zeltzin Vazquez and Amanda Huerta