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Warped Tour 2015

The 8 Best Moments at Warped Tour 2015: Simple Plan, Riff Raff & More

As punk rock summer camp rolls on, we hit the New Jersey stop to find the best performances the festival has to offer

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Simple Plan

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Simple Plan joined Warped late in the tour, but judging by their kickoff performance July 19, they're ripe for a killer set every day. The guys opened with some new hits but concluded with "I Do Anything" and the half-acoustic ballad "Perfect." Get ready to shed some nostalgia-fueled tears. Peep our pics of the kickoff performance here!

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Pierce the Veil

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Pierce the Veil have been a band for about a decade now, and when it comes to their live performance, it totally shows. The Fuentes brothers know exactly how to dominate the stage, whether it's in the middle or the day or close to the end, you're in for a real treat.

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Riff Raff

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 07: Rapper Riff Raff performs at PNC Music Pavilion on July 7, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Phot
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Contrary to popular belief, Warped Tour has a longstanding history of booking up-and-coming as well as legendary rap and hip hop acts. This year the token bad boy slot was occupied by none other than Riff Raff, who proved rock 'n' roll ain't nothing but a feeling.

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As It Is

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07: Patty Walters (C) of As It Is performs at Goldenvoice presents Vans Warped Tour Kick Off at Club
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At the Holmdel, New Jersey Warped Tour date, As It Is performed right after Riff Raff. Leaving no time for anyone to depart or grow bored, the quintet launched into their unique brand of power pop-punk without a breath of hesitantion. Moments before, we watched the guys stretch and practice their spin kicks—all part of the show, really!

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PVRIS

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 02: Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of PVRIS performs at Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood for the Vans Warped Tour on Ju
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PVRIS (pronounced Paris for you pop-punk novices) are currently playing the totality of Warped Tour for the very first time in their career. Even if they're new to the experience, the band was almost immediately bumped up to the main stage, confirming their excellent live show and ever-growing popularity. If you're not hip to them now, you will be after seeing their set.

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Neck Deep

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British band Neck Deep start their fiery set by inviting a member of the suicide prevention non-profit, Hope for the Day, to speak about the dangers of youth depression. It sets the scene for their set: It's explosive, concerned, focused music, the stuff that teens remember decades later. 

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blessthefall

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Blessthefall have been in the game for more than 10 years now, and its only helped them perfect their live performance. You learn something from watching the Arizona act—namely, how to be in a post-hardcore band and not fall into the generic trappings the scene sometimes permits. Diversify, sheeple! 

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Black Veil Brides

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If rock is supposed to be dead, you haven't heard Black Veil Brides. The Los Angeles-based band manage to combine '80s hair metal (both in sound, appearance and stage tactics) and the metalcore that attracts kids to the Warped world in the first place. It's a strange, new flavor, one that confounds and delights.

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