Vans Warped Tour Tickets
Manufacturers of the popular skateboarding shoe, Vans, have been sponsoring their world-famous Vans Warped Tour annually since 1995. The tour is an extreme sports and music festival that journeys around to different fields and parking lots around the globe. Although the Vans Warped Tour began as a platform to showcase punk rock music bands, in recent years it has expanded to feature groups from all different genres of music.
While it started as a U.S. only tour; by 1998 the tour expanded to reach international audiences. A great deal of the popularity of the Warped Tour has to do with the accessibility of the talent. With bands retreating to their nearby tents after their performances to interact with fans and sign autographs; many visit the tour in order to see their favorite acts up close and personal.
At the height of the Warped Tour, in the mid-2000’s the tour featured as many as 100 bands per show and had numerous stages. Most bands will play around 30 minutes, with some of the headlining acts playing for more. Although some of the biggest names in rock and punk music have played on the Warped Tour, perhaps to most interesting addition to the tour every year is the “BBQ Band.” Every year there is a band known as the “BBQ Band” who is given the opportunity to play on the tour and in return must prepare food for the crew and the other bands. The unique concept behind this token band has actually caused the “BBQ Band” shows to be some of the more popular shows during the event and has helped launched numerous bands to successful careers.
Those looking to attend the Warped Tour can expect to see all types of bands from different types and genres of music. All of the events are held outside in crowded areas, so concert-goers are advised to prepare accordingly. The tour typically stops in cities for a weekend and the concerts usually start around 11:00 with shows and other events lasting through the evening. Numerous bands typically play at once in order to fit all of the shows into the schedule. In 2012, the tour will be hitting the road again and journeying across the globe all summer long and feature a lineup of some of the hottest bands in rock today.