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How To Survive And Thrive On Warped Tour 2009

Andrew Kelham
Andrew Kelham 8 April 2009 at 16.17

Author Leslie Simon gives British rock hopefuls You Me At Six and Gallows some pointers ahead of Warped Tour 2009.

In two months time Gallows, The Blackout and You Me At Six will be representing the hopes of UK rock on Warped Tour 2009. We at Rock Sound want to ensure that the boys do us proud so we have enlisted the help of scene veteran Leslie Simon, author of new book Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes-from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between, to give the brothers some tips on how to get the most from their Warped Tour experience while avoiding the pitfalls of punk rock summer camp. Take it away L...

Top Five Ways To Survive The Beast Known As Warped Tour

1. Fashion, Not Function.
''Sure, it’s super hot and the last thing you want to do at the end of your set is peel a sweat-soaked pair of jeans off your horribly chafed legs, but no self-respecting rocker would dare set foot on stage in a pair of shorts. (Sorry, Rou Reynolds, but I speak the truth.) It’s impossible to look cool while pulling off an over-the-shoulder guitar spin in a pair of cut offs so you might as well save yourself the embarrassment.''

2. Respect Your Elders.
''If you know what’s good for you, you’ll make it a point to make friends with Warped vets like Less Than Jake, Bad Religion and NOFX. Not only will they spin the best stories, but they’ll also be able to tell you where to get the good drugs. (Not that I condone that sort of thing. I’m just sayin’…) Break through the holy trinity and you’re set for the summer.''

3. Protect Yourself.
''No matter if you’re wearing a bikini top and hot shorts or a long-sleeve back thermal over chain zip-off pants, when you’re spending the better part of the afternoon in the direct line of the sun’s blistering rays, you’re bound to get baked—by the sun, that is. Unless you’re a fan of heat stoke or water-filled blisters, I urge you to slather all exposed skin with handfuls of sunscreen. Pick something with a SPF 30 (at least) and be sure to reapply throughout the day. (That means you, too, Oli Sykes. But in your case, I’d use a SPF 70. I’d hate for you to ruin your porcelain-perfect skin—or fade that vibrant neck tat.)''

4. Give It Up For Girl Power.
''You might be trolling the crowd for hot chicks but you don’t need to wander far because there are going to be plenty of pretty faces gracing the stage. From the synth pop of Lights to the trash rock of Millionaires, girls are giving Warped a good name this summer. Hell, even shemales are on the menu—if that’s more your fancy. (Jeffree Star, anyone?)''

5. Embrace The Local Culture.
''You know what they say, “When in Rome…” Unfortunately, when you’re traveling on Warped Tour, you’re not going to Rome. You’re going to Boise, Idaho, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, which are hardly hotbeds of glamour and culture. However, each city has its own set of traditions and, seeing as you’ll probably never have another reason to visit Scranton, Pennsylvania, again, I encourage you to soak in as much of the local flavor as possible. For example, save some room for the whole turkey legs they sell at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. Nothing says “God Bless America” like chomping down on some animal carnage in the middle of a parking lot.''

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