Warped Tour

Warped Tour 2016 is a touring music and extreme sports festival. The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are erected, and it's one of the most popular festivals of its type. The creator of this popular touring show is Kevin Lyman, a well known music show architect and producer who also put together other touring shows including Mayhem and Taste of Chaos.

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Warped Tour Style of Music

Combine punk rock music—and more recently other heavier genres—with extreme sports featured in remote venues like fields and oversized parking lots and you've got the makings of the annual Vans Warped Tour. Today, punk rock music merges with alternative, metal, electronica, emo, and Christian rock to offer a diversity of music styles that fall under on large blanket of tastes. More and more, mainstream bands are making it onto the roster, opening up the offering even more, and like Lollapalooza and Ozzfest, it has become bigger and more popular as the years go by.

Warped Tour Festival Facts

Warped Tour 2016 was inaugurated in 1994, the brainchild of Kevin, who created the show's foundation from ideas developed while working on several skateboarding shows. The name of the tour is inspired by a one-time snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and music publication called Warp Magazine. By 1998, the Warped Tour lineup was debuted in Japan, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the United States. The next year the tour kicked off in Australia and New Zealand, headed to the United States, offering Warped Tour tickets for summer shows only, and then ended up with many dates across Europe. It has been sponsored by Vans skateboarding/BMX show company since 1995.

Tickets to Warped Tour

Warped Tour tickets are a hot commodity once the lineup is announced. Depending on the Warped Tour lineup, some years have been more popular than others, but the production works on featuring a variety of big names in the industry to draw thousands of people to shows across the world. Aside from the 100 plue bands playing each year, Warped Tour tickets include access to special events that include an array of sports-related demonstrations, from street courses and halfpipes for skateboarding to BMX courses to other oddities like human cannonballs.

Along with Warped Tour lineup, fans have access to a punk rock inspired flea market with hundreds of vendors offering booths for many of the touring bands. This is where fans might get a chance to meet some of their favorite bands, or select members of bands. Musicians hang out with fans, sign, autographs, and schmooze. Fund-raising groups and political activists mix with clothing companies, skateboard companies and other random gear, providing an excellent experience specifically designed for that sub-culture.

Lodging near Warped Tour

Warped Tour tickets do not include any type of lodging. The most popular type of lodging near Warped Tour will depend on the both the city and the venue. Since so many of the Warped Tour shows are held in large, remote fields, camping is often an option and when possible, camping might be organized by the tour with passes offered for a fee. Within larger cities where the tour is held in large-scale parking lots, ticket-holders will have to opt for a hotel or motel room.

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