18 Things I Learned In Two Hours at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour's Final Stop

Categories: After Dark

Photos by Cory Garcia.
The crowds will come, sun be damned.
Last year I wrote a love letter to nostalgia disguised as a discussion of the Warped Tour. True, much like how your first love always has a small part of your heart (or so the cliché goes), part of my summers will always belong to the touring ball of chaos known as Warped, but what I wrote was as much about recapturing the past and facing down old demons as it was the tour itself.

So when the tour rolled around again this year, writing about it seemed a lot more difficult. Not only did I no longer have the ability to view the tour through a prism of nostalgia, but it was also taking place the same day as the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.

Still, it seemed like a waste for Warped to come to town -- actually ending the tour in Houston this year -- and not check it out for a little bit. So I did. Here's what I learned in the whole two hours I spent on a hot parking lot.


The 2013 Vans Warped Tour Hits Houston

1. That thing that Douglas Adams said about towels is legit. Five minutes out in the sun and I was already a puddle.

2. "Smile In Your Sleep" by Silverstein is a really good song.

3. If Silverstein as to be believed, it's totally cool to cover other bands on the tour. (They did a cover of a track by The Chariot.)

4. A skip the line pass only allows you to skip a line. You'll still be waiting a bit to get in.

5. Line is a relative term. See that photo above? Those were the gates as people tried to get in an hour and a half after they opened.

6. This year parents got in free if they came with their kid. Fewer people took the tour up on this than you might think, but it's still a cool idea.

7. Whoever came up with the idea to print the schedule/map and sell it for $2 is a genius, straight up.

8. Spending two hours at Warped is a total crapshoot when it comes to who you might see. The joys of shifting the schedule every day.

9. The place to see the face of defeat at Warped Tour is in the Adult Day Care. So many sad faces.

Location Info


NRG Arena

8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

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