Warped Tour – One of the Biggest Events of the Summer

Dominique Cuozzo, Reporter

Warped Tour was created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman. He came up with the idea while working on skateboarding shows. The name warped tour came from Warp Magazine, published by Transworld. This magazine offered information about surfing, skateboarding, and music. By 1998 the tour was going international, including some venues in Australia, Japan, and Europe.

 Warped tour is one of the biggest musical events of the summer, and this summer was the 16th annual tour. Warped tour founder, Kevin Lyman, put together the most diverse line up of bands in years. Warped tour is held in the parking lot of the Nassau coliseum and has four main stages. The bands that played in warped tour include, 3OH!3, Black Veil Brides, Against Me!, Attack Attack, A Day To Remember, and many more. The warped tour bands have to be ready for long and hot days of work while on tour. The bands start their day before eight in the morning and don’t stop moving until long after nine at night. But they aren’t the only ones who have to put in long hours and deal with the intense heat. Many organizations attend warped tour year after year for many different reasons. To Write Love on Her Arms is one of the many organizations that attend warped tour, they present awareness about those struggling with depression, and use self injury as a way out of their problems.

Warped Tour offers something for everyone; they have a half pipe for the bikers and skateboarders. All of the bands also set up tents to sell merchandise and after their show they go back to the tent to meet the fans. The bands aren’t the only ones who set up tents though, they have tents for independent record labels, magazine publishers, and sponsors looking to sell their products to the many fans coming to see their favorite bands.