A girl from Australia, a hip-hop group featuring a man named Sleep, and an electronic-rock duo from the Intermountain West are among the most buzzed-about acts on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in the state where the first Vans Warped Tour was held, back in 1995.
Tonight Alive, The Chicharones and Breathe Carolina defy the notion that the Warped Tour is packed with punk bands from Californian suburbs, often the case in the past.
Jenna McDougall is the frontwoman of Tonight Alive, a five-piece pop-rock band from Down Under that hopes to follow the success of past female-fronted Warped Tour acts such as Paramore — not to mention another Warped Tour veteran, Katy Perry.
The amped-up Chicharones, featuring Sleep of Oldominion and Josh Martinez, have been called "The Best Bar Band in America" by Spin magazine because of their innovative approach to hip-hop, including five-part harmonies, speed raps, costume changes, syncopated dance movies, onstage magic and stand-up comedy.
Breathe Carolina, with Kyle Even and David Schmitt, hail not from the Carolinas but from Denver, and began by recording songs on the software GarageBand.
McDougall, the Chicharones and Breathe Carolina answered questions about how to stay hydrated, whom we all should catch, and if it is more appropriate to cry or throw a bra at a show.
The Vans Warped Tour typically happens on the hottest day of the year in Utah. How do you plan on keeping hydrated and healthy?
McDougall » Being from Australia, I like to think we know how to take care of ourself in the heat. We’re big on drinking water on tour, so that’s the first thing. I’m gonna get excessive with some sun cream and keep my face protected. All the standards.
Chicharones » Well, luckily Someone Clothing will be providing us with bottled water in biodegradable bottles. We plan to give them to people while they wait in line in the hot sun. Chicharones — keeping kids hydrated since 2012!
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Vans Warped Tour
When » Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m.
Where » Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $28.03 in advance, $35 day of, at SmithsTix