Why The Vans Warped Tour is Definitely NOT Losing its Touch
Vans Warped Tour, a traveling rock music festival that runs from June to August, is back for its 21st year, and music junkies all over the country must prepare for ultimate sunburn, intense crowd surfing, and most of all, the best 10-hour musical experience of the year.
Billy Idol, Blink 182, Bowling for Soup, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Paparoach, Paramore, Simple Plan, The Used and Weezer are just a few famous artists who made their mark while on Warped Tour throughout the years. Although the festival mainly focuses on rock and metal groups, unsuspecting artists like G-Easy, Machine Gun Kelly, Mod Son, Katy Perry and Riff Raff have performed on tour.
Throughout the past few years, I’ve heard time and time again that Warped Tour is “losing it’s touch” or “doesn’t have good bands anymore,” but I beg to differ. Each year, Warped Tour delivers quality artists within various genres to please the crowd. Artists like Blink 182, A Day to Remember, All Time Low, My Chemical Romance, Echosmith, Avenged Sevenfold and The Maine have moved on to become well-known in the music industry and have expanded their music. Their time at the festival may be over, but now it is time to pass on the torch.
The Ready Set, fronted by electro-pop singer Jordan Witzigreuter, became well known after his popular hit, “Love Like Woe,” and his first appearance on Warped Tour in 2011. His popularity grew after performing at the festival again in 2014 to promote his album, The Bad And The Better. Two years later, he is set to release I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love on April 8.
The hardcore band Our Last Night performed at Warped Tour in 2015 after releasing Oak Island in 2013. I had the chance to see the band play in July 2014 and then in November 2015. Before their performance at Warped Tour, their show was small and intimate, however after the festival, the venue was sold out and crowded with fans.
Warped Tour definitely helps artists get recognized. Bands like Pvris, Set It Off, Beartooth and Citizen are gaining more exposure each day, and their Warped Tour gigs assisted this growth.
Last Wednesday, Warped Tour CEO Kevin Lyman released the 2016 lineup via live webcast at Full Sail University. Unlike the past years, all 77 artists were announced at the same time, categorizing them by the stages they are set to perform on. Before announcing the artists, Lyman gave some advice to all the concert goers.
“I know you’re going to be watching these bands and I know some little punk is going to hate the lineup out there,” Lyman said. “He’s going to start hating it from the minute I announce the bands. Give it a chance you guys.”
Bullet for My Valentine, Chelsea Grin and Crown the Empire will step in as the heavier bands on the Monster Energy stage, while State Champs, Real Friends and Mayday Parade will keep the pop-punk alive. 3OH!3, Sleeping With Sirens, The Maine and Issues will be returning, along with Sum 41, Set it Off, We the Kings, Yellowcard and Good Charlotte.
Warped Tour is a festival to present both prominent and aspiring artists. Throughout the past 21 years, the festival has brought so many artists who have “made it big,” and just because there are new, lesser-known artists each year does not mean that the festival is heading downhill.
This year, although there are some returning artists, make sure to check out some new musicians. Bands Against the Current, With Confidence, Bad Seed Rising, Dash Ten and Reckless Serenade are just a few artists who are fairly new to the festival. Give them a try, because in five or ten years, these new artists could be the next “big thing.” Although music lasts forever, some bands don’t tour anymore, and fresh, modern artists will have to step up to the stage.
Lyman encourages everyone to come out to the festival because “this country needs music to bring people together this summer.” This year’s tour will kick off on June 24 in Dallas, Texas, and conclude in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 13. The tour is set to hit major cities including New Orleans, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, San Diego and Pittsburgh.
About Olivia Perreault
Olivia is a junior journalism major, with a double minor in English and communication studies at the University of Rhode Island. She's working on becoming a music journalist so she can share her love for the grooviest tunes with the world. Her music range is wide, varying from punk and metal to indie and folk. Catch her crowdsurfing at a show in NYC or writing poems in a coffeeshop.
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