Even from its beginnings, Warped Tour set out to be a bit controversial. The biggest traveling music festival in the United States started as a gathering ground for punk, ska and alt rock around the country. Over the years, the tour has opened its doors to the emo, hardcore, pop, electronic, hip hop and metalcore communities as well.
Whether this inclusive policy has brought you even more excitement or rubbed you the wrong way, there’s no denying tour founder Kevin Lyman’s vision and ability to construct a massively relevant event year after year. Even those who complain that the tour has lost its edge or strayed from its roots have to take notice of Warped Tour’s cultural impact and legacy.
Personally, I am a longtime attender and supporter of the tour. It’s true, the lineups aren’t as attractive to me as they were 10 years ago, but that’s because of my own growth and change. Each year, I arrive to see thousands of people excited to jump, sweat and sing-along to their favorite bands and meet new friends.
The lineup announcements for the 2015 trek have already begun and include the likes of blessthefall, Hands Like Houses, Alive Like Me, Neck Deep, The Wonder Years and Matchbook Romance. Yes, you read that last one right. After a seven-year absence, Matchbook Romance has returned from hiatus and will be heading out on Warped Tour. There’s surely more surprising announcements to come.
To check out the list of bands, see all of the dates and buy your tickets, you can visit the official Vans Warped Tour website.
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.