Eikon: Vans Warped Tour 2017 in Orlando

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Photos by Miranda Jayne

Warped Tour is undoubtedly the highlight of every alternative music fan’s summer. No two dates are ever the same, so you’re never quite sure what you’re going to encounter when you set foot on festival grounds. Orlando’s stop happened to include a summer storm and a surprise set by Central Florida’s own Wage War.

This year, bands like Blessthefall, Neck Deep, Silverstein, and War on Women grace the tour’s six stages. The tour will continue through the first week of August, so make sure you have your tickets!

Here’s a peek into our very first Warped:

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Eikon: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Atlas Genius Live in Orlando

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Photos by Miranda Jayne

Andrew McMahon is leading his Zombies in America tour from coast to coast in the USA, featuring incredible storytelling and songwriting from himself and openers Atlas Genius and Night Riots.

The tour is in support of McMahon’s latest solo album, Zombies on Broadway, which dropped back in February. Longtime fans can count on seeing some classics from Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate on the setlist.

Count on Australian band Atlas Genius to make you dance with their cover of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round” and fan-favorite originals like “Molecules.”

Orlando, Florida got to see the zombies in all their glory on April 22nd.

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Odeion: Daughter and Vancouver Sleep Clinic Live in Orlando

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A few years ago, when I was a Sony Music college rep (#tbt), when the company still did marketing for Glassnote artists, I worked on a project that resonated with me and won me over with just one song: Daughter. The English indie folk band was formed in 2010 with front woman Elena Tonra, Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli, and French drummer Remi Aguilella. They have released two studio albums and have several EPs that are perfect for a nice cry, or study soundtrack.

When I heard that Daughter was performing in Florida (for the first time!), I was excited to see them, especially because it had been years of following the project. They are touring with opening act Vancouver Sleep Clinic (great for fans of the XX) from Brisbane, Australia, though I admit I had never heard of them until the night of the show.

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Eikon: The Fest 15, Gainesville Rock City

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The Fest is not just a concert, The Fest is a community.

When I first came to Gainesville, Florida five years ago for school, I never imagined this little town could play host to the biggest family reunion the world has ever seen. Every year, more than 350 bands and thousands of fans descend on the city for three PBR fueled days of music, friendship, comedy, and even wrestling.

Fest is a place where the person next to you in the pit automatically becomes your best friend. It’s a place where you can discover your new favorite band and have a beer with them right after their set. I’ve never felt more comfortable and connected to those around me at a show than I do when I step into a Fest venue, and it’s an experience I recommend to any wayward music fan looking for a place to belong.

I had the absolute pleasure of being part of the team documenting this year’s Fest-ivities and was able to work alongside bands and fans who had come from all over the world to take part. Here are just a few of my favorite moments from the best 3 days of the year.

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