The largest traveling music festival in the United States is coming to an end after Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 will mark “the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour.” While the touring aspect of Warped Tour is set to end next year, Lyman wrote he, “looks forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019”.
The Warped Tour began in 1995 as Lyman got the idea to start it after spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, “for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports.” Skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans became the main sponsor of the tour starting with the second tour in 1996, when it became known as the Vans Warped Tour. In 1998, the tour went international, including venues in Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States. It wasn’t until 2012 the Warped Tour traveled to London, the first time the tour had left North America since 1999.
Lyman acknowledges many bands who have played the festival since its 1995 inception including Sublime, L7, No Use for A Name and No Doubt who jumped on in the very first year.
Warped played a pivotal role in “the rise of pop punk” and “the birth of emo” with Lyman stating, “The Vans Warped Tour was the platform to witness the rise of pop punk with Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte..”
With the help of MTV’s TRL, Warped helped launch the career of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold. The Warped Tour has featured acts outside of rock including the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Machine Gun Kelly & Bad Rabbits.