Vans Warped Tour a blistering success

Punters having fun at the Vans Warped Tour 2013 in Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds.
Punters having fun at the Vans Warped Tour 2013 in Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds. Marc Stapelberg

THE Used frontman Bert McCracken emerged from behind the curtain in the most grandiose, entrancing way.

Flicking what looked like a cigarette into the crowd and appearing slightly wired and insane he prowled the stage to the symphonic sound of the Tron soundtrack.

The Vans Warped Tour looked set to deliver a killer performance.

That is until the bass drum microphone cut out and then the guitar cut out.

The guitarist proceeded to kick his amp to the ground while the drummer threw his sticks into the crowd.

Their roadie looked as if he was about to pop a blood vessel as he searched for the cause of the mayhem.

It was a truly spontaneous moment, a moment when the façade falls away and ultimately the true professionalism of a band is revealed.

Thankfully it all gave way to a blistering set, enthusiastic crowds and even a bloody nose for one punter in the mosh pit.

Vans Warped Tour 2013 had started and AJ Maddah had succeeded in returning the festival to Australia after an 11 year hiatus.

The tiny festival boasts three small stages and some of the world's biggest acts, including The Offspring, Parkway Drive, The Used and Simple Plan.

One of those bands, The Amity Affliction, received a chorus of screams from admiring girls as they tore through Fruity Lexia and Youngbloods.

Parkway Drive and Hatebreed gave the boys a reason to crowd surf.

Two lucky festival goers even made it to the stage while Parkway Drive played.

Parkway Drive is known for openly encouraging crowd surfing at their gigs and opening the set with Dark Days and Sleepwalker was enough to make the crowd go rabid.

Confession and former I Killed The Prom Queen frontman Michael Crafter watched on in interest as American band We Came As Romans pulled a bigger crowd than veterans Hatebreed.

Outside, at the No Regrets stage, pop punk bands still making a name for themselves contended with a less-than-impressive stage called the 'No Regrets' stage.

Call the Shots, Hands Like Houses, and Veara made the most of their sets and sang to their legion of fans while at the same time trying to catch the attention of those walking between stage 1 and 2 or those looking for food.

The blue skies and soaring temperatures meant plenty of skin and tattoos were on show.

As any festival goer knows spending all day traipsing from one end of the ground to the other can leave you feeling like you just finished the Tour de France.

The beauty of Warped Tour is that the stages are only 100 metres from each other.

The small cornered off section of the RNA showgrounds meant that it was possible to watch every act if you were interested in only catching three songs or so.

By the time the sun had started to set behind the city landscape, Stage 1 had put on the bigger acts like New Found Glory and Millencolin.

The crowd were looking forward to Simple Plan and The Offspring.

The Offspring set was far more intimate than at Soundwave 2013 and a rare treat for any Offspring fan.

One issue that did plague the venue was food lines.

At one stage the lines were so long that there were more people waiting for food than watching Crown the Empire.

Festival promoter AJ Maddah quickly sorted it out, ordering a truck load of pizza and allowing people to leave the venue for food.

Taking to twitter he blamed the venue and food providers for not being better organised.

The lines eventually dissolved and the event faced no other challenges.

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