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One Toka Over The Line: Matt Toka Warped Tour Blog #6

July 26, 6:50 AM EDT By Matthew Colwell

Matt Toka’s never been to Warped, so we thought we’d get his thoughts on being at the only tour that matters this summer. Here’s the sixth installment of our summer-long series with the green-haired hooligan. Look forward to weekly updates on Toka’s shenanigans, photos, videos and any other crazy additions he can throw at AP this summer.

July 17 - Darien Lake, NY
It was so windy today, my merch tent snapped in half! I went on super-early in the day and during the set, I climbed a nearby tree. After the show, I went to an amusement park and rode a few roller coasters. There was a general store there that sold flavored worms and crickets. I decided to get a box of sour cream and onion crickets to try out. My drummer, Chris Wilson, was the only one brave enough to try them with me.

July 18 - Scranton, PA
Today was a really fun set, and luckily, I had a good crowd because it was before the storm. I saw a lot of people I met previously on the Blackout Forever Tour and their energy while I played was awesome! Then a crazy amount of lightning and thunder hit, as well as buckets of rain coming down. A tornado warning was issued, which was slightly alarming, considering we were out in the middle of nowhere. (Don’t worry—I’m still alive.)

July 19 - Mansfield, MA
Overall, this was a solid day. I had a great set, watched Polar Bear Club, drank Genesee and ate free pizza.

July 20 - Camden, NJ
It looked like it was going to storm all day, but it never did, thankfully. This was the biggest crowd I had all tour, by far. A big thank-you to everyone who came out to support. I’m going to miss New Jersey. Also, I ate a Philly cheesesteak sandwich for lunch and it made me happy.

July 21 - Uniondale, NY
I’ve been spoiled by the weather this past week. It hasn’t been too hot or humid, which definitely makes the days a lot easier. So many people brought me drawings today–it was awesome. I can’t wait to hang up all the art in my apartment when I get back. I seriously have the best fans. Right after performing “Say10” during my set, I started a train and everyone in the audience joined in as we walked around Warped Tour. It was so much fun!

July 22 - Hartford, CT
I had a blast doing an acoustic set at the DigiTech stage. (Thanks to Jared from Music Saves Lives for setting it up!) I started a circle pit right before “Say10,” which was hilarious given it was an acoustic performance. I watched Falling In Reverse in the distance and then chilled around the buses drinking a few beers. A friend of mine gave me an IPA; after drinking Pabst and Bud all tour, it was the best fucking beer I had all summer.