Some call it punk-rock summer camp, others call it a traveling carnival; either way, Vans Warped Tour has become a destination for alt-music fans looking to discover new bands and get up-close and personal with their favorites.
The fest has come a long way since it’s debut in 1995, which featured acts like punk legends like CIV and Face To Face. “I didn’t set out this way but, when I look back at it nowadays, I’m like, ‘Warped Tour might have become one of the biggest classrooms of America, in a lot of ways,’” said founder Kevin Lyman in an interview with Soundcheck411. “You know, you’re learning about music and there’s half a million people there and what are they gonna say, like 90% of the people are just going and 10% are gonna super achieve at Warped Tour and those are the people that are gonna start a band, start their own non-profit, become a writer...”
No matter what kind of music you’re into, your next favorite band is only a side stage away. This year’s bill includes acts like Echosmith (alt-pop), Falling In Reverse (hardcore), All Time Low (pop-punk), We Are The In Crowd (rock), 3OH!3 (hip-hop), and dozens more! Plus, don’t forget to wander into Vendor Village, where you can buy merch, pick up free swag, meet bands, and learn more about participating social-action and non-profit organizations, including Invisible Children, peta2 and To Write Love On Her Arms.
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