Following the announcement that 2018 would be the last cross-country run, the Vans Warped Tour headed out for a final summer of music, philanthropy, and community.
Looking back on it now, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman shares, “It was truly an honor to do a final cross-country run of Warped in 2018; to see fans from all eras of the tour come out for a day to celebrate an event that meant so much to them. I walked away from the final show with a true sense that the Vans Warped Tour became the community I had always hoped for.”
This summer, the venerable tour will be providing a smaller scale experience – but for those able to attend the festival locations, it will still be full of surprises.
The final cross-country edition of the Vans Warped Tour is happening this summer, and while that news is indeed very sad for the long-running summer festival, the final lineup is absolutely stacked with some shocking bands, along with the possibility of special guest bands joining in each city. Check out the full list below.
A few days ago, the Vans Warped Tour officially opened up their annual poll, crowdsourcing the bands that fans want to see on the 2018 edition of the summer festival. While it’s certain that thousands of submissions will be sent in, we’re issuing our own submissions of the bands we’d like to see, with our unscientific formula. The following bands have a recent record out, have one coming out soon, have a strong work ethic, and/or are touring heavily with some serious buzz surrounding them. We’re also including a specific reason or two why these bands should be on the tour. It also goes without saying that these choices are fairly realistic, considering that Vans Warped Tour is often the event that really “breaks” certain bands into the public consciousness. The notion of “deserving” an opportunity like this is up for debate, but all these bands have reasons why they should be playing big stages.
10 Bands, 50 bands, 100 bands, fuck it, man
Let’s just not even discuss it, man
As someone who’s seen them evolve musically nearly since their inception, Grayslake, IL metalcore band Sworn In have undergone an interesting progression in sound. Their EP Start/End remains an influential piece of music to be certain, but new album All Smiles (the band’s first for Fearless Records) is also a solid listen. A fair way to describe it might be “emotional metalcore”, which isn’t really far off.
Many fans just can’t seem to let go of the band’s Start/End and/or The Death Card eras, though. But why is that? Drummer Chris George goes relatively in-depth about Sworn In’s evolution, All Smiles, and…Anti-Flag? Indeed. Check out the whole interview below.