Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lifestyle: VANS Warped Tour!

Now it’s not something I jump and scream about online especially, but deep down I am a massive emo/grunge/scene kid. I think I have quite a unique music taste, ranging from Britney to Einaudi to The Smiths to Korn, for example. My whole teenage years (well, from 15-19) were spent parading around London with friends going to gigs, dancing the night away to heavy, loud music and coating my eyes in as much black eyeliner as possible.
I still listen to my old favourites (in fact I have an ‘old favs’ playlist on Spotify which you can have a look at here – KATIE'S OLD FAVOURITES PLAYLIST) and occasionally see them gig, but when my boyfriend Andrew was asked to DJ at Vans Warped Tour, my inner 15 year old made her appearance all over again!
I thought I’d write a blog post about the tour as I had the MOST incredible weekend and loved every minute of it.

Me on the half pipe
Andrew DJing during the skater demo.
Billy Talent & a skater!
bmxcoheed crowd
Coheed and Cambria.
Petrified after climbing the half pipe.
We are the Ocean!
Andrew was Dj-ing for the professional skate & BMX demos which were on the Jaegermeister stage half pipe. This meant that we had Access All Areas wristbands which we fully took advantage of; we went backstage to watch some of our favourite bands play (Billy Talent, Coheed & Cambria and my friend Jack’s band, We Are the Ocean).
Billy Talent were just incredible. I realized whilst watching them that I have actually loved them for 10 years now and know every single lyric from the first album off by heart. Coheed and Cambria similarly were massively nostalgic and it was incredible to watch them perform so up close (it was the first time I’d seen them live since I was 15).  The skaters also blew my mind. It was amazing to see people so passionate and incredible at their job/hobby (I know want to learn how to skate)!
You can watch Andrew’s vlog of the weekend here!  It’s quite a giggle and gives you a hint of what we got up to.

Andrew’s Warped Tour Vlog!

Weekend Highlights:
* Endless amounts of free jaegerbombs!
* Eating in the band canteen with my teenage heros
* Climbing to the top of the half pipe & getting stuck
* Spending quality time with my fav blue haired babe, Zoe
* Dancing to the amazing tunes Andrew played whilst watching skaters do their thang.
* Watching bands at the side of the stages
I’d like to say a massive thanks to my pretty amazing boyfriend for asking me to join him at the weekend; it could not have been any more perfect! I actually said to him on Sunday evening that I didn’t want to go back to reality.
Did you used to love a bit of rock and embrace your inner grunger?  What’s your favourite festival?


  1. You never lose that *inner matter how old you are..its still there lurking inside! Sounds like you had a night to remember! Jess. x

  2. Katie, you're so amazing <3

  3. looks super fun! gotta say, i'm jealous about the unlimited free jagers ;)

    1. I never want another, ever again!

  4. Ahh wow this sounds like an amazing time! I'm pretty similar to you, when I was a kid I was a little emo/goth/skater kid who wandered around in baggy jeans, Vans trainers and a band tee talking about all the bands I loved and what gigs I wanted to go to next.

    Since then I've lost the band tee's but I still rock the same trainers on lazy days and a little less baggy jeans but I still love my rock music. :D

    It looks like you had an amazing time, I love Billy Talent! :D

    1. Yes! I used to wear the baggiest, ripped up jeans ever, and I used to write my favourite bands all over them in sharpies, ha! xx

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    1. HAAH! Didn't even realise that was in there... ;) x

  6. I have never been to a festival, but like you was into that kind of music at 15, my adventures where awesome with the bands. My all time favourite band was Finch, and one evening though some very weird circumstances I was invited to party with them after a gig and ended up staying with them till be morning playing games and singing, all I have from it is a single polaroid! A moment I still have butterflys when thinking about it now!

    1. Ridiculously jealous - I used to LOVE Finch! I even went to a signing of theirs so I could meet them once! Must have been an incredible evening! x

  7. Im so jealous!

  8. Am so jealous you have no idea. My inner teenage self is wishing I was you.
    Shauni x
    Shauni Brown

  9. I LOVE the cardigan you wore. where is it from? :)

  10. So jealous, I love Billy Talent! x

  11. I'm so excited, Vans Warped Tour is coming to Brisbane next week, I'm so keen, your post is just bumping my enthusiasm :D

  12. Currently listening to your playlist and my inner teenager is very happy at the moment (although would obviously never show it...that's just not cool)

  13. So jealous - I've been trying to get to Warped Tour for the last two years (in 2012 it was on my birthday, still didn't make it!) but real life (i.e. money) has always got in the way. You might have guessed it but I am a former MySpace kid. ;)

  14. So jealous. Must see Billy Talent live soon. Your YouTube channel brought me here I am a recent subscriber and enjoying your posts a lot. I am quite heavily into fashion and am a lipstick queen much like yourself so I love how you ask for people's opinions when you do hauls! Check out my blog if you're interested xx


  15. Ah I watched We Are The Ocean absolutely years ago when they supported You Me At Six on their first tour, before either of them had an album out. It's amazing to see the success they've both had :) xx

  16. I saw Billy Talent at the Rock for People in CZ and it was awesome.
    And you are so gorgeous! I love your hair. Wish my hair grow faster.

  17. My favourite festival is Leeds festival! I've been for the last three years and each year I've never wanted to leave I feel like my younger emo self at them I love it!!!!


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