When the Warped Tour played its first ever show way back in 1995 in Boise, IA not the nobody suspected that it would become the juggernaut of summer tours. It has made its way across the US for faithfully for 24 years, becoming a festival always centered on music but with a focus on other arts, activism and philanthropy.
When founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 would be the final full cross-country run, the tours Twin Cities’ stop on Sunday 7/22 will bring a certain amount of sadness with it. After all Vans Warped Tour has embraced a unique, young audience and remains accessible in a way that many other festivals are not. There’s a Reverse Daycare, where fans can park their parents without having to worry about them wandering into a mosh pit.
The sheer number of bands is mind boggling with 6 stages hosting them for 30 minute sets. Bands have returned to Warped Tour year after year and often played hundreds of shows creating a traveling family.
Here are some details on this year’s show: