Warped Tour Tickets
Featured approximately 100 bands per show, Warped Tour is a touring music and ethnic food extreme sports festival. It is held in parking lots or fields where stages are erected and that can hold about 10,000 to 30,000 people. Also known as the Vans Warped Tour as the skateboarding shoe manufacturer Vans has sponsored the tour every year since 1995. Created by Kevin Lyman in 1994 on the lines of on skateboarding shows, its name comes from the short-lived Warp Magazine published by Transworld that combined surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and music into one glossy package.
It is approximately 30 minutes of band play over 10 different stages and the biggest bands play the two 'Main' stages. Usually bands start playing at 11:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. with a large central board displaying individual band times and stages. Despite having a full area, the music from one stage does not disrupt other active stages. Fan votes allow a band to play an extra ten extra minutes at each show. A 'BBQ Band' can perform if it prepares food for the bands and crew for the barbeque which is held most evenings. Warped Tour started as a skate punk and third wave ska tour but now it is mostly post-hardcore, pop punk and metalcore. Including venues in Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United States, the tour went international in 1998 and in 1999 started off in New Zealand and Australia. Attractions other than music are also featured that include a half pipe for skaters and bikers. It has a flea market like atmosphere as there are many booths and tents for each of the bands to sell merchandise, independent record labels, magazine publishers, non-profit organizations, and sponsors looking to market their products to the tour's audience.
The Vans Warped Tour continues to prosper selling over 500,000 tickets a year becoming one of the most successful North American concert tours. Revenue provided by the sponsors subsidizes many of the tour's expenses allowing ticket prices to be kept relatively low. Over the years, a few bands have been forced to leave because of conflicts. Joe Escalante was involved in a fistfight after calling members of Good Charlotte, 'faggots' so the Vandals were asked to leave. The band Guttermouth was removed as they insulted My Chemical Romance but they later stated that they left because some bands threatened them with violence. Calentura quit shortly after 2005 Calgary date as its singer was allegedly raped. In 2006 NOFX Front man Fat Mike made fun of Underoath and their religious beliefs but later stated that he was friends with the members.
The Warped Tour has had its share of criticism as Joe Queer of The Queers stated that the guys in the bands reminded him of jocks he hated in high school. A comedy slasher picture, Punk Rock Holocaust was filmed at the 2003 Warped Tour. It is also featured as a venue in the game Guitar Hero 2 in the location of Austin, TX and is mentioned in blink-182's song, 'The Rock Show', in 'So Sick of You' from The Unseen, and in 'Rock for Sustainable Capitalism' by Propagandhi.
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