10 Tips for Going to Warped Tour in Arizona and Not Dying

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Melissa Fossum
Warped Tour 2012: fans are clearly not stoked about the heat.

It takes a certain dedication and naiveté to go to Warped Tour in Arizona. Standing outside in what's predicted to be a 111-degree day with dozens of screaming bands isn't for everyone, but some teens continue to show their dedication year after year. The glory days of $25 punk Warped Tours at Peoria Sports Complex are long gone, but the girl pants and guyliner-sporting contingents still seem to love the festival.

If you still have your heart set on braving the heat, check out these 10 survival tips to make the most of the festival.

See also: Warped Tour's 2013 Line Up Has Been Posted--And It's Just "Okay"

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Melissa Fossum
Fans at Warped Tour 2012

1. Get plenty of sleep ahead of time. If the Summer Set is your jam, you may roll over every 10 minutes to see if it's time to get up yet. This isn't Disneyland, you need your rest.

2. Eat well. Don't go to the festival hungry. The food options are always limited and overpriced, so treat yourself to a filling meal before the festival.

3. Consider taking an aspirin before the show starts. Getting headaches at shows is one thing, but Warped Tour's brutal heat is bound to take its toll. A couple of Tylenol before and after the festival will work wonders.

4. Water, water, water. This is crucial. Bring as much water with you as you can carry. Stick one in the freezer overnight and drink the other one on your way to the venue. If you drink all of it, buy a bottle or two at the festival ASAP. Dehydration is not fun.

5. Dress appropriately. Yes, screamo bands are all about black, but wearing skintight black pants and dark T-shirts in the middle of summer in Phoenix is a terrible idea.

Instead, wear as little as possible -- but spare us the Buddha belly, if possible. Tank tops and shorts will be your saving grace, or else you may find yourself rolling or ripping your clothes up to allow for more airflow in the moment.


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Quail Run Park

4155 E. Virginia St., Mesa, AZ

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logicman
logicman

I'm in love with that girl they keep posting in the bikini

uunwanted
uunwanted

hey! anyone know which band are up first?


unmutual
unmutual

It seems counterintuitive, and the photogs will hate it, but actually long white shirts and loose coverings are the way to go.

rickyleepotts
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I have been to Warped Tour several times, and these are great things to remember. Not just here, but anywhere. Warped Tour is an entire day of standing, dancing, and sweating your butt off! The water comments make the most sense. I hope everyone stays safe here in the Valley.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public topcommenter

Hey Melissa - if you're going can you post the set times or a pic of the set times on your blog here?  I'm looking for times for Reel Big Fish and Big D and the Kids Table.

Thanks

awesomefossum
awesomefossum

@JohnQ.Public Set times won't go up until the morning of the show, unfortunately.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public topcommenter

@awesomefossum  Are you going to be there today???  If so, any chance you can post a pic of show times or just the times for the bands I've mentioned?

Thanks

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