INCLUDING CHIODOS, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, FLOGGING MOLLY, THE HYPE THEORY, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE WONDER YEARS, WE CAME AS ROMANS AND MANY MORE
The 2013 UK leg of the VANS WARPED TOUR is already shaping up to be something special following the confirmation of headliners RISE AGAINST alongside the likes of BILLY TALENT and CAPTURE THE CROWN. Now excitement for the event – to be held at London’s historic Alexandra Palace on November 16th and 17th – is ramped up with eighteen new additions to the bill.
Renowned for their visceral live experience, CHIODOS are a thrilling addition to this year’s event – especially with the line-up boasting original members Craig Owens (vocals) and Derrick Frost (drums) who both featured on their key albums ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ and ‘Bone Palace Ballet’. The band are currently working on their long awaited fourth album which is set to be the first released under a new deal with Razor & Tie.
Having recently released their fifth consecutive Billboard Top 10 with ‘The Afterman: Descension’, the second half of a concept album centred around the Amory Wars that began with last year’s ‘The Afterman: Ascension’, COHEED AND CAMBRIA will bring their combination of eclectic sounds and inspiring narratives to London for the VANS WARPED TOUR.
If any band can be trusted to establish a raucous party atmosphere, that band would be FLOGGING MOLLY with their anthems such as ‘Drunken Lullabies’ and ‘Swagger’. The septet brand of Celtic punk last roared into London in 2011 in support of their Billboard Top 10 set and fifth studio album ‘Speed of Darkness’.
While the aforementioned bands are all American bands with substantial discographies to their credit, the VANS WARPED TOUR is always eager to help bring the new wave of emerging talent before an audience. One of the bands we’re particularly excited to present this year is Essex quartet THE HYPE THEORY, whose intoxicating blend of power-pop and melodic punk was memorably captured on their 2011 debut album ‘Glory Days’. Their second set ‘Captives’ has recently been released to glowing reviews.
“We are so excited to be playing Warped Tour this year!” enthused front woman Katy Jackson, “It’s one of those festivals that every artist wants to be on and for a band like us, who are just finding our feet, it’s an amazing opportunity to showcase what we can do!”
Texan five-piece MEMPHIS MAY FIRE have made substantial progression over the course of their three albums to date with 2011’s ‘Challenger’ (released on Rise Records) hitting the upper echelons of the charts. They’re a band who offer something a little different – sure they often attack with the vehemence of post-hardcore, but electronic flourishes, old school metal influences and even a touch of Southern rock inform their distinct sound. They feature on both the UK and North American legs of the VANS WARPED TOUR.
They said: “We are so excited to announce that we will be coming back to the UK for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour! We can’t wait to see Great Britain’s craziest fans and eat the best doner kebab! We’ll be seeing y’all!”
THE WONDER YEARS need no introduction. Combining powerful hook-infused songs filled with engaging stories and personal reflections, the band recently released their fourth ‘The Greatest Generation’ which sold twice as many copies in the week of release as their third album did. This year has also seen them release ‘Sleeping on Trash’, an album which compiles all of their rarities together in one comprehensive collection.
The profile of WE CAME AS ROMANS looks set to explode with this summer’s release of their third album ‘Tracing Back Roots’. Fronted by dual vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone who contrast caustic growls with clear soaring melodies, the band’s effortless sound clash mixes chugging riffs, intricate leads and a symphonic edge.
Also added to the VANS WARPED TOUR line-up are hip-rock/rock crossover collective AIR DUBAI, Florida’s ANBERLIN, post-hardcore band THE COLOR MORALE, the masked Japanese band FACT, Stockholm-based alt-rocker’s LIKE TORCHES, THE MAINE who recently released their new album ‘Forever Halloween’, hip-hop/punk/indie crossover kings RDGLDGRN, London folkers SKINNY LISTER, the resurgent SUBLIME WITH ROME and the expansive, arena-aimed anthems of British band THE YOUNGER.
These eighteen bands join those originally announced in March: RISE AGAINST, BILLY TALENT, CAPTURE THE CROWN, CROSSFAITH, ITCH, REAL FRIENDS and YELLOWCARD.
Further artists – including two major headliners – will be announced June 17th.
As usual, the running order is to be decided on the day, and this year you may even see some surprise appearances from a select few bands who decide one show at WARPED is not enough and join for both days.
Keeping with tradition, a breathtaking extreme sports display will appear alongside the musical banquet, as well as dozens of stalls in a bigger merch market, which offers not only items from all the bands playing but also the chance to meet some of them at spontaneous signing sessions.
Two days tickets for VANS WARPED TOUR in London are on-sale now.