Photo by Kate Brunetti

Photo by Kate Brunetti

“... With many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that the last full cross country run of the Vans Warped Tour will take place in 2018," the statement read. Kevin Lyman, who founded the Vans Warped Tour in 1995, announced the tour would be coming to an end in 2018. This year the concert will stop in Denver on July 1st to say its goodbyes at the Pepsi Center, along with 37 other dates around the nation. In addition to bringing music to cities across the states, Warped Tour also sets up booths for its sponsors, which include food and charity initiatives as well. Warped Tour is an annual tour that has been known to tour with popular punk bands and other groups as well. In the past groups like 3OH!3, Falling In Reverse, Sublime, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and more had hopped on the cross country campaign. This years tour will include sponsors like Keep a Breast, Can You Hear Me?, Peta2, and the Truth anti-smoking campaign. Warped tour has been said to be a big part of punk communities everywhere, and many are heartbroken it is coming to an end. “I'm super sad that warped is ending, and I wish I could relive it!” Senior Logan Hunt gushed. “I attended in 2014. My favorite memories were running around trying to find the designated artists I wanted to see, and getting a farmers tan that made me laugh at the end of the day because I looked so awful,” Hunt jokes. Thousands of rock fans gather at the events in the hot sun to see their favorite bands. Sophomore Savannah Ruiz is also a fan of the tour- she’s attended the festival from 2015 to 2017, and plans to go this year as well. “A lot of it, obviously, is the music, but I know at least for myself the environment is just incredible. Everywhere you look there are tents for about anything you can think of: veganism, blood donations, charities, any and all things people are passionate about. Everyone there has the same love for the music,” Ruiz remembers. She also notes the morale of the crowds during various shows. “I've seen complete strangers helping people get up to crowd surf or someone falling in the mosh pit and then strangers pull them to their feet. I think the fans of these music genres have a bad reputation, but most of them are actually the nicest people I've ever met,” Ruiz emphasized. Sophomore Katie Brunetti from Legend High School also is a fan of the tour. “My favorite part of warped tour was all of the opportunities to meet the artists I saw, along with how many different shows there were all day long. Being able to see and meet artists I’ve been wanting to see forever made my whole life,” she says. All in all, many will fondly remember the Vans Warped Tour as a place for everyone of all backgrounds to come together and interact with the bands they love. Since its founding in 1995, the tour brought together thousands of rowdy music fans and has left a mark on the rock and punk community too. Sophomore Shannon Brewer sums up the feelings of many fans: “I’m really upset because I only got the chance to go twice and it was really a life changing experience. I know people who grew up in the Warped world and go every year and it’s sad that we won’t be able to go again. It was a legacy in music culture and should be remembered as so.”

Story by Katie Heffernan

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