Vans Warped Tour veterans Memphis May Fire are back at it again, playing the Journey’s stage for the entirety of the tour this summer. Check out some photos from their set in Hartford, CT below.
The British pop-punkers in Boston Manor made the trek over to the United States to travel the country playing the Full Sail University stage on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Not only is every single member wildly entertaining to watch perform, but they are certainly in the running for some of the most iconic facial expressions I captured at the Hartford show. Check out photos from this unforgettable show below, and be on the lookout for big things coming from these guys in the future.
Warped Tour was noticeably more political this summer than the last few years I’ve attended, but one band stood out in particular. Anti-Flag are taking Warped Tour by storm this summer and are as radically political as ever. As Justin Sane preached anti-racism, sexism, transphobia, and xenophobia, Chris Barker sported a “Smash The Alt-Right” tank-top. The crowd even got to watch Pat Thetic dive into the crowd to kick out a skinhead himself. Check out photos from their set in Hartford, CT below.
“Remember, ‘feminism’ isn’t a dirty word.” These words rang loud and clear from the Skullcandy stage as War On Women’s set came to a close in the first hour of the Hartford, CT date of this year’s Vans Warped Tour. It was impossible to miss singer Shawna Potter’s powerful voice and the band’s contagious energy, even from across the grounds at Xfinity Theater.
The Baltimore-based thrash punks in War On Women have made their presence known on the tour this year. They ran workshops on making music more welcoming to people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, and other identities. They brought an organization called Safer Scenes to teach concertgoers how to be active bystanders and intervene when they see harassment or assault occur at a show, and partner with bands like Anti-Flag and Bad Cop / Bad Cop to spread their message. All of this on top of Potter’s blogs reflecting on their experience on the tour for VICE’s Noisey.
We sat down with Potter to talk about being a loud and proud feminist band on Warped Tour in a conglomeration of scenes dominated by men, punk’s role in politics, and–of course–pizza. Continue reading ‘I cannot debate human rights’ | Interview with Shawna of War On Women