America’s longest-running touring summer music festival returned to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Monday, July 11 with a diverse lineup that attracted thousands of teenagers as well as adults feeling nostalgic for their adolescent years spent running from stage to stage to watch their favorite punk and hardcore bands play the Vans Warped Tour.
NEPA Scene caught 17 of over 60 acts playing the 22nd annual festival, including old school favorites like New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Sum 41, and Yellowcard, along with more recent additions like State Champs.
Scranton’s own Motionless In White, who are now Warped Tour veterans, took to the Monster Energy Party Zone North Stage with a giant banner behind them proudly displaying the city’s famous Electric City sign. Having recently released a single, “570,” that pays tribute to their hometown, the band was greeted with custom-made signs from fans that got singer Chris Motionless a bit choked up.
“Scranton, thank you for being our fucking home,” Motionless said, sporting a shirt with “570” written on it. “We have gone all over the fucking world. … I wrote this next song [‘570’] to let every single one of those people know how fucking proud I am and how proud we are to be from right fucking here. This is your song.”
Remembering venues the band used to play in when they first started out a decade ago, like Cafe Metro, Backstage Enterprises, The Staircase, Fagan’s, and Tink’s, they dedicated “Abigail” from their 2010 full-length debut album, “Creatures,” to the many fans in the crowd who followed them from the beginning. Two days later, Motionless In White released a fan-driven music video for “570” online.
Every Time I Die
Four Year Strong
Less Than Jake
Motionless In White
New Found Glory
Reel Big Fish
Set It Off
Sleeping with Sirens
We the Kings
Miscellaneous Warped Tour fun
by Keith Perks
Keith is an artist, photographer, and writer. He loves diners, dive bars, Southern culture, anything Irish, and vintage America. He knows Cytoxan kicks in after about eight hours and he once helped save a green pig.