Vans Warped Tour has been apart of the music festival community for over twenty years. It is festival that has spread worldwide, but it began in the United States. Warped Tour is interesting in comparison to other music festivals because it chooses the artists based on a wide variety of music genres, ages, location, and even fan picks. The festival has been so successful over the years because it does not cater to one specific audience – each passing year, the festival caters to popular music at that time and what both new and old Warped Tour goers hope to see. They even survey fans every year to achieve such goals.
2016’s Warped Tour is one of the most diverse yet. It includes rock, pop rock, heavy metal, rap, indie, R&B, and more. The diversity continues to bring over 500,000 fans to the festival each year. With a variety of music comes a variety of fans, creating a widespread community of people. The music brings thousands of fans together where everyone is no doubt family for the day. Through crowd sing-alongs, dancing and mosh pits, crowd surfing and more, everyone respects and looks out for everyone.
Warped Tour is an all ages event, and the festival even caters to parents who otherwise may be dissatisfied with either the music, heat, or crowd, being that it is not really their scene. For this, many parents can attend the event for free and sit inside the air conditioned parent’s tent where they can take a break from the festival without imposing on their children. All in all, the event is safe; the only condition that can be dangerous to everyone is the heat, and so it is important to stay hydrated. The festival offers free water stations for this reason.
Kevin Lyman, who is the founder of Vans Warped Tour, believes that for as long as the festival caters to diversity, it will continue to grow and be successful. Much of its success has to do with the fact that it is not financially driven. Lyman created the festival for the sole purpose of music enjoyment and bringing people together. While the festival began as a mostly punk rock event, it has evolved into what it is today through the fans and their hopes and desires. Both new and old bands are added to lineup each year, continuing to bring newcomers to the festival.
Warped Tour is full of life, and aside from the performances, it also seeks to educate the audience of on-going issues in the world, whether it be poverty, equality, or the environment. The festival will continue to be everything it is today for as long as we the fans support the cause. There are only a few dates left of the 2016 festival, and so if you have not attended yet, I urge you to follow Vans Warped Tour on any social media platform so that you may not only follow its progress, but to be aware of when the event will be near you. Attending this festival at least once in your lifetime is a must!