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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vans Warped Tour:

Vans Warped Tour Overview:
The Vans Warped Tour is something like a traveling action or extreme sports festival. It started in 1995, with Vans shoe company being the main sponsor of the tour. The Vans Warped Tour sets up in music venues, fields, parking lots, anywhere they can. Traditionally the music for the concerts is punk and rock music. The Warped Tour has had as many as 100 bands per show! Each band gets around 40 minutes, and they can have up to 10 stages going. Mainline bands get the main stage.
Vans Warped Tour History:
The Warped Tour was started by Kevin Lyman in 1994. Lyman was inspired by working on the Vision Skate Escape show and the Holiday Havoc show. These shoes combined music with skateboarding contests.
The named Warped came from Warp Magazine, which didn't last long.

In 1998, the tour started going international, with shows in Australia, Japan, Europe, and Canada.

What to expect at the Vans Warped Tour:
The tour has a festival atmosphere, with a jungle of tents selling merchandise and music, plus a half pipe for skaters and BMX bikers. The stages are arranged in such a way so that you can enjoy the music from the stage you are watching, without having it messed up with overlapping music from other stages.
Bands to Play at the Warped Tour:
I thought about listing the bands for you here, but there are WAY too many! But Vans makes the list available - see the Warped Tour Bands List. It's a massive mix of American, British and other bands, both big name and small, skate punk bands, post-hardcore, pop punk, and metalcore, hardcore, street punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore and Christian rock bands.
Warped Tour WEI:
The WEI (Warped Eco Initiative) began in 2006. Since then, they have been trying to add a green eco-friendly side to the tour. The Warped Tour has been using biodiesel in their buses, and solar power to run one of their stages. They even started using a combination of washable dishes and boxes and utensils made out of biodegradable corn plastic.
Latest Warped Tour News:
The Vans Warped Tour Website has all kinds of news and info on what's going on with the tour right now. There's also an interactive map, info on the bands playing, stuff you can download for your cell phone, and lots more.
Vans Warped Tour CDs:
Each year before the tour starts, a Vans Warped Tour compilation CD comes out with music from the show. The set is usually more than one CD. They are produced by SideOneDummy Records, an independent record label from Los Angeles.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, July 07, 2009 


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