(UPDATE 6/12/15) It will be a summer for the ages for the Vans Warped Tour, which celebrates its 21st year of existence in 2015. The diverse music festival has been showcasing a wide range of acts since its inception in 1995, from punk rock icons to local bands in each city it hits. This year’s festival will be highlighted by the likes of August Burns Red, Simple Plan, Attila, Memphis May Fire, MODSUN and Motion City Soundtrack, to name a few. Fans hoping to catch their favorite bands this summer are in luck, too, as ticket prices have fallen considerably since last year.
According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for Warped Tour 2015 tickets is $75.47. That marks a 10% drop from last year’s average price of $83.83. The most expensive date of tour will be on July 7 at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, where tickets average at $91.61 and the get-in price, or cheapest available ticket, is $55. Other top-priced shows include an August 1 stop at Utah State Fair Park ($91.60/avg.), July 10 at Susquehanna Bank Arts Center ($85.81/avg.) and June 27 at Gexa Energy Pavilion ($85.21/avg.).
Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque will serve as the cheapest tour date on June 24. That show currently owns a secondary ticket average of $58.93 and $53 get-in price. A July 4 stop at Coral Sky Amphitheatre will be the second least expensive gig, with tickets averaging at $62.62 and get-in price starting at $31.
Warped Tour 2015 officially kicks off on June 17 at George M. Sullivan Sports Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. 42 dates are scheduled through August 8, when it wraps at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington.
Warped Tour Lineup, Dates, Tickets & News: Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria and Escape the Fate Headline
(4/9/15) Warped Tour will turn 21 this summer, and the eclectic festival is celebrating with a slew of post-hardcore headliners, pop punk mainstays and a variety of up-and-comers. Set to kick off in Anchorage, Alaska on June 17, the complete lineup has been officially announced and will feature Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria and Escape the Fate fronting the bill.
Miss May I, Senses Fail, Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red, Silverstein, Attila and Beartooth will also be among the top names this year. Pierce the Veil is the latest heavy hitter to be announced, and the quartet is slated to play all dates through the summer.
On the lighter side of the festival, The Wonder Years, Transit, Born Cages, Man Overboard, Mod Sun and Motion City Soundtrack will also be performing at each date. The festival will again feature the Acoustic Basement tent, where Koji, Meghann Wright, Geoff Rickly and Brian Marquis are among the dozen artists performing. The comedy tent also returns in 2015.
A new addition to this year’s touring festival is free parental admission for kids under 18 attending the festival. Parents must be 28 or over to ensure that friends aren’t just bringing other friends for free, but festival creator Kevin Lyman’s newest campaign aims to rid violence and mischievousness Warped Tour has become affiliated with in recent years.
Check out the complete lineup below and visit TicketIQ.com for the best deals on all Warped Tour tickets this year.
2015 Warped Tour Full Lineup
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
Alive Like Me
As It Is
August Burns Red
Being As An Ocean
Black Veil Brides
Escape The Fate
Family Force 5
Fit For A King
Hands Like Houses
I Killed The Prom Queen
Icon For Hire
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Le Castle Vania
Lee Corey Oswald
Memphis May Fire
Miss May I
Motion City Soundtrack
Never Shout Never
New Beat Fund
New Years Day
Our Last Night
Set It Off
Sirens and Sailors
Speak Low If You Speak Love
The Amity Affliction
The Dirty Nil
The Karma Killers
The Relapse Symphony
The Wonder Years
This Wild Life
We Came As Romans
While She Sleeps
Youth In Revolt
There are two trends you can count on in the music business these days: 1) the growing importance of electronic music and 2) the relentless expansion of the music festival. Both of these trends intersect at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, which has recently announced the addition of an EDM stage curated by electronic music hub Beatport. Warped Tour tickets are currently available in a variety of cities through the festival’s website.
Now in its 20th year since an inauspicious 1995 founding by SideOneDummy Records partner Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour stands out amidst today’s endless stream of destination music festivals as one of the few remaining touring festivals. The 2014 festival kicked off April 1 in Los Angeles and will tour throughout the U.S. and Canada (taking in unusual locals such as Anchorage, Alaska and Scranton, Pennsylvania along the way) before concluding August 3 at one mile above sea level at Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
This year’s Warped Tour features 126 bands playing quick sets from 20-40 minutes on a variety of stages, each of which is set up differently in each touring location. With a half-pipe for skateboarders and a flea market-style vendor area, the festival continues to differentiate itself from today’s oversaturated festival landscape. The only festival that comes close to matching Warped Tour today might be the rock/punk-focused Riot Fest, which takes place in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto in September.
Warped Tour is known predominately as a punk festival, but recent years have featured increasingly diverse lineups. This year’s festival features punk mainstays like Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Bayside, Saves the Day, and Anberlin, but also an increasing amount of indie acts like Echosmith and I Fight Dragons, hip-hop acts like 3OH!3 and Air Dubai, as well as more unclassifiable performance rock from the likes of the violin-wielding Emilie Autumn.
The new Beatport stage continues this expansion trend, showcase EDM and hip-hop acts including Crizzly, Wax, K. Flay, Sleeper Agent, Pacific Dub, Antiserum, Captain Capa, DJ Nicola Bear, DJ Scout, MC Chris, NiT GriT, and Watsky.
Another way Warped Your differentiates itself from the pack? You can bring your parents for free. While they might not necessarily be the biggest punk fans, festival organizers have added this perk recently as the age of the crowd seems to get younger every year. Adults even have their own “Adult Day Care” section where they can mingle with fellow festivalgoers of the older persuasion.
And if you bleed music, you are in luck at Warped Tour. The nonprofit Music Saves Lives offers a backstage wristband for the first 100 ticket holders that line up at the MSL tent to donate blood on the day of the show. You will need to donate blood or have someone donate for you, or have taken a photo of yourself donating blood.
If that’s not rock and roll, we don’t know what is.