Vans Warped Tour Announces Lineup
For almost two decades, the Vans Warped Tour has been providing skate and music fans with the unique opportunity to see all of their favorite bands from their teenage years live in one day, at one place. It happened to be my first concert, and – despite a rain storm – was one of my favorite shows to date. Needless to say, my tickets are already purchased for the tour’s stop in Scranton!
While Vans Warped Tour likes to slowly drop the names of some of the bands who will be touring with them, they recently dropped a final lineup of over 100 bands. Although the tour has its roots in the punk-rock/third-wave-ska genres, it has become much more diverse in recent years – opening up to the Hip-Hop, R&B, Metal, Folk, Electronic genres, and almost everything in between.
This year’s lineup can be found on their website here. The tour will be featuring some of my all-time favorite bands from my teenage years, including: Mayday Parade, All Time Low, Four Year Strong, Yellowcard, Anberlin, Bowling For Soup, Finch, Bayside, Less Than Jake, The Maine, The Story So Far, and We The Kings. Yeah, that’s a long list, and it was actually difficult for me to keep it that short. Basically, the lineup this year rocks – with a few exceptions.
Warped Tour frequenters, Taking Back Sunday, will not be making the tour this year for reasons I am not aware of. Additionally, neither will rock greats like Lost Prophets, The Used, Reel Big Fish, or Bring Me The Horizon. All of whom have played at Warped Tours past.
There has also been some debate in the past couple of years about the direction of the tour. Is it straying a little too far away from its roots? If so, is that a bad thing? That’s up to who you ask. Personally, as someone who isn’t a big fan of the idea of genres (music is music), I think the diversification of musical talent is a positive. In the end, it’s bringing together more people who are all there for the same reason as you: a love of music, and listening to the music that makes you really feel alive. And whether that is ska, metal, hip-hop, country, edm, or whatever else you listen to, it is entirely your choice. But I digress!
If you’re from around the Scranton/Wiles-Barre area and were at all considering buying tickets to this year’s Warped Tour, this is me telling you to do it. I’ll be at one of the bands mentioned above at all times throughout the day probably crowd surfing – shouldn’t be too hard to find me!