Cover photo by Grace Kelly for Bullet Music
The Vans Warped Tour has been a summer staple for 23 years, but like all good things, it’s finally coming to an end. It’s been a long, wild ride that brought some of the biggest rock, punk and pop punk acts to cities across America. Many seasoned festival veterans had their first festival experiences at the Warped Tour stop in their city, and even more local bands got to share a stage with the bands that inspired them thanks.
Kevin Lyman’s creation launched the careers of bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 in the early 2000s, highlighting the extreme depth of talent that appears on Warped Tour lineups. In recognition of the loaded lineups that Warped Tour is known for, we’re taking a look at five of the artists playing at the Atlanta Warped Tour stop at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood that could be the next big thing.
I the Victor
The unique sound and radiant positivity of I the Victor is blessing the Full Sail stage this year. I the Victor is a local face who’s all about having fun, loving yourself and being your best self. I the Victor was the subject of a Bullet Music Artist Spotlight in December and is one of the most talented upcoming artists in Atlanta.
Doll Skin are a punk rock band out of Phoenix, Arizona that channel the desert heat into blistering energy. This all-girl outfit have been making waves since their formation in 2013, and are currently supporting their newest album Manic Pixie Dream Girl that houses catchy, edgy songs like "Shut Up (You Miss Me)" and "Puncha Nazi."
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This Baltimore-based pop-rock trio are a newly-minted but quickly-growing group with infectious energy and an undeniably catchy sound. You can get a behind the scenes look at all of the band’s Warped Tour antics by following BulletMusicNet on Instagram for the Skyward Story takeover.
Sleep On It
Chicago basement rockers Sleep On It are continuing their steady ascent to punk notoriety. Contrary to what their name might suggest, please don’t sleep on this talented, energetic group of guys. They’re sure to be one of the best sets of the day.
With a name inspired by one of the most well-known characters in film (Keyser Sozë in The Usual Suspects), Kaiser Solzie immediately draws you in. From there, a garage-punk sound keeps you locked into what they’re doing. With sweeping dynamic ranges within their songs, from ringing, downtempo bridges to fast-paced choruses and everywhere in between, Kaiser Solzie is an underrated act that’s going to light up the Full Sail stage.