The nationally-renowned Vans Warped Tour is preparing for it's 21st annual trip across America. Founded in 1995, Warped Tour has become one of America's premiere music festivals, responsible for introducing artists such as No Doubt, Blink 182, Eminem, Fall Out Boy and more. Alternative Press named Warped Tour the "Best Tour/Festival" of 2012/2013 and in 2005 it was noted as "America's Most Successful Festival" by "Rolling Stone."
Over the first couple months of the year, the tour had been doing a slow reveal of bands on the 2015 lineup. The complete lineup was announced on April 8, as follows:
Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, Black Veil Brides, blessthefall, H2O, Motion City Soundtrack, Never Shout Never, Simple Plan, The Wonder Years, Atilla, Family Force 5, Man Overboard, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Pierce The Veil, We Came As Romans, '68, Beartooth, Being As An Ocean, Crossfaith, Escape The Fate, Fit For A King, Hundredth, I Killed The Prom Queen, Mallory Knox, Our Last Night, Senses Fail, Silverstein, The Amity Affliction, While She Sleeps, Bebe Rexha, Icon For Hire, Mod Sun, Moose Blood, Neck Deep, New Years Day, PUP, Pvris, Riff Raff, Set It Off, This Wild Life, Transit, As It Is, Beautiful Bodies, Citizen, Handguns, Hands Like Houses, Juliet Simms, Lee Corey Oswald, Matchbook Romance, Metro Station, Night Riots, Alive Like Me, Alvarez Kings, Baby Baby, Candy Hearts, Carousel Kings, Emarosa, Have Mercy, Jule Vera, Kaya Stewart, Knuckle Puck, Major League, Palisades, Sgt. Corrin Campbell, Slaves, Sumo Cyco, Svetlanas, The Kenneths, Trophy Eyes, A+ Dropouts, Ascot Royals, BoyMeetsWorld, False Puppet, Night Argent, Rivers Monroe, Seaway, Sirens and Sailors, Strangers You Know, The Bunny The Bear, The Dirty Nil, The Karma Killers, The Relapse Symphony, The Republic of Wolves, Youth In Revolt, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, American Opera, Brian Marquis, Buttons, Grey Gordon, Koji, Macy Kate, Meghann Wright, Moose Blood, Onward, Etc., SayWeCanFly, Speak Low If You Speak Love, The Ready Set, Black Boots, Born Cages, ChrisB, Drama Club, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Kosha Dillz, Le Castle Vania, M4Sonic, MC Lars, New Beat Fund, Splitbreed, and TAT.
Though the first date of the tour officially sets off in Pomona, CA, on June 19th, a smaller "The Road To Warped" show will take place in Anchorage, AK, on June 17th and features many of the Warped Tour bands. Tickets and a full list of tour stops are available on the official Vans Warped Tour website. This year, tickets also offer one complimentary admission of a parent to accompany minors. Parents can then be dropped off at a "Reverse Daycare" tent for an air-conditioned break from the music and heat.
Aside from a Reverse Daycare tent, there will be Hydration and Misting stations, as well as a Slip and Slide to cool down at. Various sponsor and vendor tents will be having artist signings throughout the day, along with many games and freebies for attendees to pick up.
While doors generally open at 11 a.m., fans are encouraged to show up early to review stages and set times. There will also be a "The Feed Our Children NOW!" tent accepting 3 (undented and non-expired) canned goods, a $5 donation, used cell phones and iPods in exchange for a Skip The Line wristband. The first 100 ticket holders to donate blood at the Music Saves Lives tents will also receive a backstage wristband.
Warped Tour will come to a close on August 8 in Auburn, WA.