Alright y’all, bring on the tears.
About mid November, this music scene heard some shocking and sad news, 2018 will be the last cross-country run of Vans Warped Tour. I personally, was and still am, heartbroken.
To start off, I went to warped tour for the first time in 2015 and let me tell you, it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. It was the first time I had been to a festival like that and there were so many people there for the same reason, to see their favorite bands. I was absolutely astounded by the fact that I could see multiple bands? In one place? On the SAME DAY? It was such an awesome experience. I also went the next summer, and Warped 2016 allowed me to meet two of my favorite bands and see them play all in the same day, with my best friend, in an amazing city, it was then, and still is, the best experience of my life. Then this past summer, 2017, I went yet again, seeing two more of my favorite bands and having the opportunity to meet them for the first time! I made so many memories throughout the past summers going to warped tour. I am absolutely devastated that I won’t be able do that again after 2018.
When I read the interview that Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman did, I was surprised to find that he was tired of the tour. “Not that I’m completely going anywhere, but traveling around the country with a tour this size in the landscape that we’re in is… to be honest, I’m just tired.” he said.
While I do understand that being in charge of that tour is a large amount of stress and can be VERY tiring, isn’t there any way someone could take it over instead? Warped Tour is something that this scene of music holds dear, it allows people to find more artists, find friends in their area that they might not have met otherwise, and Warped Tour tickets are often times fairly priced! The price of these tickets is great considering you get to see so many bands in one day! I’m not Kevin Lyman but if I were, I would much rather pass on something amazing that I created, than let it fall out because I no longer felt I could keep up with it. It is also quite sad that this festival won’t be coming back to the Midwest, as it was the only festival that brought lesser known alternative and underground music.
I am excited for the outcome though, I am sure that since this is the last year for the full tour, there will be many people who come out to experience it! I can’t wait to see the bands that get picked for the line-up, and see and meet some new people, since it will be the last chance I have to do so!