Goodbye, Warped Tour. After 23 amazing cross-country tours, the summer tradition is coming to its end this summer and taking our hearts with it. One of my favorite aspects of the concert, besides the amazing music, was the fact that it had its own culture, more accepting and freeing that most music festivals I’ve personally attended.. As my own way of coping, I’ve decided to write a tribute to the music festival by revisiting the BEST years Warped Tour had to offer.
2012: My First Warped Tour
Utah’s Warped Tour was my very first (I‘m not going to tell you how old I was, but let’s just say I was sore for school the following Monday after being part of all the mosh pits) and I was addicted as soon as I hit the line to get in. I’ll never forget how amazing it was to watch and meet bands like Chelsea Grin, Mayday Parade, The Used, All Time Low, Four Year Strong, etc. I still have the shorts they all signed, and it’s still one of my favorite memories from my adolescence.
2016: Something for Everyone
While it received a lot of backlash for not having as many hardcore performers as usual, pop-punk fans were ecstatic with this lineup. From Sleeping With Sirens, to Sum 41, to Oceans Ate Alaska, to 3OH!3, there was something there for just about everyone to enjoy. Personally, I was a fan of the lineup. It wasn’t their best, but it definitely wasn’t their worst. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6B-Yj33OEU)
2000: New Classics
Green Day is basically a household name, even for those who don’t listen to rock music. Whether or not you like them, you can’t deny that you know Boulevard of Broken Dreams and that’s just a fact. So picture this: They played Warped Tour 2000, along with Weezer, NOFX, and more. Insane, right? What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and see them on one of those stages! The rest of the lineup wasn’t much to talk about, but these three made up for the overall lackluster lineup.
2018: Goodbye for Now
The tour hasn’t kicked off yet, but the lineup is already so promising, which makes it even harder to let go. If I listed off all of the bands that I was looking forward to seeing, we’d be here for a while. But if you get the opportunity to go, I highly suggest you take it and check out bands like Simple Plan, Bowling For Soup, Mayday Parade, Senses Fail, and Four Year Strong to relive the nostalgia of Warped Tours come to pass. Don’t forget to buy your t-shirt; your kids won’t get to experience this one. This is our 21st century Woodstock.
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