By Becca Atwood
Warped Tour is the biggest musical event for alternative teenagers that like to meet the bands and meet other teenagers just like them from around the surrounding area. Every year, thousands of teenagers and hundreds of bands gather to bring the largest music festival for ten hours.
History of Vans Warped Tour. Warped tour was created by Kevin Lyman in 1994, who got the idea when he was working in skateboarding competitions . He got the name from Warp Magazine, a skating, snowboarding, surfing, and music magazine. In 1998, the tour became international, occurring in Australia, Japan, Canada, and the Unites States. In 1999, the tour started off in New Zealand and Australia at the beginning of the New Year and ended in Europe and the United States at the end of the summer. The tour isn’t just about music; it also has half pipes for skaters and bikers to ride. It also has a flea-market atmosphere, with tents pitched everywhere consisting of bands’ merchandise.
Overall Look at How it Works. There are about one hundred bands playing in a time space of ten hours. Many bands play at the same time on different stages. The most popular bands play on the main stages for 40 minutes. The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends around 9:00 p.m. This tour is mostly for teenagers who are into metal-core, post-core, techno, pop-punk, alternative, and street-punk.
Bands that Are Playing This Year: 3OH!3, A Day to Remember, Against Me!, Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack!, August Burns Red, D.R.U.G.S., Gym Class Heroes, Jack’s Mannequin, Pepper, The Devil Wears Prada, A Skylit Drive, Abandon All Ships, Bad Rabbits, Big B, Big Chocolate, Big D and the Kids Table, Black Square, Black Veil Brides, Blacklist Royals, Blood on the Dance Floor, Cold Forty Three, Continental, Dance Gavin Dance, DC Fallout, Demerit, Elctrikchair, Enter Shikari, Every Avenue, Eyes Set To Kill, Family Force 5, Foxy Shazam, Freshman 15, Gatsby’s American Dream, Go Radio, Good Guys in Black, Grieves with Budo, Hellogoodbye, I Set My Friends On Fire, illScarlett, It Boys!, Larry and His Flask, Lionize, Lucero, Machree, Madina Lake, MC Lars, Middle Class Rut, Miss May I, Mojo Morgan, Moving Mountains, My Arcadia, Neo Geo, New Years Day, Of Mice and Men, Paramore, Passafire, Peelander-Z, Permanent B**t*r*s, Places and Numbers, Rapid Decline, Relient K, River City Extension, Set Your Goals, Sharks, Shut Up and Deal, Sick Of Sarah, Simple Plan, Stephen Jerzak, Street Dogs, Terrible Things, The Acacia Strain, The Aggrolites, The Black Pacific, The Bots, The Dance Party, The Dangerous Summer, The Expendables, The Exposed, The Menzingers, The Narrative, The Ready Set, The Sheds, The Steel Wells, The Suit, The Wonder Years, The Word Alive, There For Tomorrow, Unwritten Law, Veara, Vonnegutt, We Came As Romans, Winds of Plague, Windsor Drive, Woe, Is Me, and Yelawolf.
If you want to attend Warped Tour, go online to ww.vanswarpedtour.com and buy your tickets! The closest show( with the least driving) would be in Nobelsville, Indiana, at the Verizon Wireless Center, July 7th. Tickets right now are about $25.00- $40.00. It is a tour that you’ll never forget, and you’ll most likely continue going from year to year. Warped Tour in contagious!