THE band I was most stoked to see at Toronto’s Warped, and I was lucky to make it just in time from Ottawa as they played an early set. Architects killed it as usual with an insane performance. Fronted by vocalist Sam Carter, the boys really got the energy going and the crowd moving, jumping, singing, and even on their knees! I have seen them perform a few times in the past and they never ever disappoint! Absolutely unreal show.
What a treat to see Chiodos hit the stage once again with Craig Owens who has been busy with his other musical project D.R.U.G.S.. This is a band I had been long awaiting to see and they absolutely killed it. Amazing energy, this band really knows how to put on a show!
One of the bands I was most excited to see and a band that everyone needs to keep an eye out for! From Guelph Ontario, Mandroid Echostar have an incredible sound that you just have to hear. These boys played an amazing set and I absolutely recommend you check them out if they perform in your city (as a sidenote, they did release an incredible EP this past Fall…).
We Came As Romans ended the 2013 Warped Tour festival with an insane performance, playing for a HUGE crowd, all of Warped Tour came out the see the band that would end the day! Their set included some past songs, some from their upcoming album (released July 23rd) and even a cover! It may have rained during their set but that sure didn’t stop people from having a good time!
I have to admit this was the performance I most anticipated throughout the day and I wish I could have gone in with the crowd! Blessthefall performed a KILLER SET performing a vast number of songs from their latest album on top of playing a song from their (at the time) upcoming album (‘You wear a crown but you’re no king’), which was also their first single. It may have been pouring during their set but Beau got the crowd moving, and it’s safe to say that Blessthefall made sure no one cared about the cold rain!
By far one of the bands who got the biggest crowd that day, getting through to the pit wasn’t easy! One of my personal favourite bands on the days line-up and they did not disappoint! They performed a ton of songs from their latest album which was a real treat, awesome set! They killed it!
The Swellers played a high energy set on the afternoon of July 5th, and were lucky to get to perform right after the downpour stopped. Although they played on a smaller stage, they attracted a massive number of dedicated fans who were absolutely stoked to see their set and who weren’t afraid to move and sing along! Wicked show.
Jimmy Eat World performed on the first day of the festival and started the whole thing off with a bang!
This was an absolute treat for me as this is one band whom I have wanted to see perform for years, and I have to say that I was not disappointed in the least! The performed a variety of their hits from most of their albums so the audience definitely sang along from beginning to end. What a great way to end the night!
Ottawa-based band The Goodluck Assembly performed to a massive crowd on a beautiful afternoon at Bluesfest, opening for Mother Mother and RUSH. Brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos led the performance with a ton of energy and enthusiasm which was reciprocated back by the crowd who seemed very familiar with their music. This band has made a great name for themselves in Ottawa and we hope to see they perform again soon!
Without a doubt one of the sexiest rock sets I’ve ever shot – Grace led the band with so much raw energy and enthusiasm that it made for an incredible set! They performed some of their hits including “Paris” which was a treat for the whole crowd, and really got the audience into the show! One of my favourite sets at Bluesfest this season!
A massive crowd came out to see Marianas Trench on this late sunny afternoon and it was clear that the audience was more than familiar with their discography!
Despite the departure of their vocalist prior to the tour, UK hardcore boys Brutality Will Prevail kicked up a storm in Reading as they opened for Canadian maulers Cancer Bats with their brutish hardcore certainly working the crowd and the security into a sweat ready for the headliners.
One of the most high-energy sets of the day – this is a band that I LOVE but that I had never had the chance to see live. They put on an insane show (I’d say that the photographs almost speak for themselves here!). I would absolutely love to see these guys play again, their set was unreal and full of energy from start to finish and you could tell that the crowd would say the same.