Van’s Warped Tour has been the go-to punk rock music festival since the 1990’s. Born in 1995 via founder Kevin Lyman, Van’s Warped Tour was made for all us punks who are in constant search of a place to completely let go and enjoy ourselves.
This summer, the Warped Tour will put on its final performances and bid us a bittersweet farewell. So what better way to celebrate this edgy festival then to look back on a few of the moments that made it so special?
In the year 1995, a music festival unlike most decided to make its way onto stages across the United States and Canada. From June to September, some of the most legendary in the business participated in this epic new tour. Little did they know just how “epic” it would turn out to be. Bands such as Deftones, No Doubt, and Sublime were a part of the very first Warped Tour, as well as Guttermouth and even CIV. The Warped Tour was unlike any other tour during this time, barely breaking the “$25 mark” regarding ticket prices and giving each band a fair, equal amount of stage time – – regardless of their popularity. To top it all off, at the end of the days they would all come together for a barbecue. A true brotherhood of badassery to say the least.
The onboarding of “Vans”
In 1996, Warped Tour began to grow its brand after Vans joined the party and decided to sponsor the tour. This was a big deal, and marks the beginning of the tour we all have come to know as the “Vans Warped Tour.”
Following the inclusion of the Vans brand, bands such as Blink 182 and even Social Distortion were seen flooding the stages. The tour was beginning to grow in popularity among the alternative crowd and became a safe place for the eclectic to simply enjoy themselves.
In 2013 Kevin Lyman decided to allow parents free admission to the Warped Tour. Hilariously, along with this decision came the creation of the “adult daycare” – – a daycare made specifically for the parents. Parents can spend the entire day waiting for their kids in a large tent with ample seating and refreshing fans.
The unfortunate announcement
On November 15, 2017, Lyman announced that the 2018 Warped Tour would be its final year. “I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers,” he said in this announcement. “I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour.”
So, here’s a question for you – – if you’ve never been to the Warped Tour, is it a good idea to finally go and see what it’s all about, or would it be better to save yourself the pain of experiencing something extraordinary and knowing you may never experience that again? Share in the comments.
You can check out this year’s lineup for the Warped Tour here.