Fans of all sorts braved the heat and flooded the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Thursday for the Vans Warped Tour — an annual day-long music festival.

Warped Tour was filled with music from almost every genre, covering electronic, hip-hop and punk. Even Scranton-based metal band Motionless in White was a part of the seven stages and seventy acts that performed.

JVW Inc. covered the Warped tour, and filmed exclusive interviews and sessions with top acts like Simple Plan, D.R.U.G.S, Enter Shikari, Street Dogs, and more.

It was a “never going to quit” attitude all day as vendors, charity organizations and bands were at the venue before 6 a.m. preparing to take on the day. In addition to sponsors of the tour promoting their company, charity organizations like To Write Love On Her Arms promoted awareness for cancer, depression and other diseases.

The show lasted just over eight hours and early records reported over 10,000 people were in attendance.

Warped Tour is more than a great place for fans to experience a festival without traveling far, and the bands love it just as much. Less Than Jake’s vocalist Chris DeMakes, who has been on Warped Tour since the 90s, said it’s the best way to connect with fans.

“You can look someone in the eye, shake their hand and say ‘Hey, thanks for buying my record,” DeMakes said. “That still means something to someone.”

The performers had much more than 30-minute sets to worry about as well. Interviews, autograph signings, acoustic performances and contests were held by dozens of organizations.

Below you can view JVW Inc.’s session with Simple Plan. The band performed an acoustic version of their new single “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” live on their tour bus. This video has been featured on the band’s own website, the official Vans Warped Tour website, and the Alternative Press website.

Matt Morgis
Go Lackawanna