Vans Warped Tour to End Next Year


Megan Westerby

Gym Class Heroes were one of the many acts who gained popularity from playing Warped Tour.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the end of an era.

Earlier Wednesday, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that the 2018 Vans Warped Tour will be its final cross country run.

“Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour,” Lyman wrote on Warped Tour’s website.

Starting in 1995, Warped Tour started off as a punk festival including bands like Guttermouth, L7, No Use For A Name, Deftones, and Sublime. Since then, the tour branched out into other genres such as hip-hop, EDM, acoustic, metal, ska, and others. The tour even helped launch the careers of several popular musicians and bands like Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, G-Eazy, 3OH!3, Bebe Rexha, and Eminem.

But why is the festival closing? According to Lyman in an article by Billboard, there’s multiple reasons including “an evolving summer festival industry, a shrinking pool of bands, and declining ticket sales amongst its teenage demographic.”

Luckily, the final cross country run for Warped Tour will come to the Western New York area next summer. As stated in a previous article from the Record, “Warped Tour has stopped by Western New York since the tour’s inception in 1995, when it was featured at the Melody Fair in North Tonawanda…From 1996 to 2002, the WNY venue was moved to La Salle Park in Buffalo. The year after, Warped Tour finally made their permanent WNY venue the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.” The final WNY date is Wednesday, July 25, at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien, N.Y.

Pre-order ticket bundles for next year’s tour can be purchased here. Band announcements will be available in March.

Thanks for the memories, Warped Tour.