Above: Original Vans Warped Tour® logo.

All photo credit Giovanni Galluci: giovanniluigigallucci@gmail.com, except *.

VANS WARPED TOUR®–America’s premiere music and lifestyle festival of the summer–is now on the road. Performing to record crowds during the day and reaching over 45,000 young fans in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, TX this past weekend (6/24, 6/25, 6/26), the 2011 festival is not only a hit  it features the most eclectic line-up for the fest ever, spanning punk, hip-hop, rock, rap, indie-rock, metal, electronic, alt-country, dubstep, reggae, folk-punk and pop.

Performers such as Paramore, 3OH3!, A Day to Remember, Against Me!, Gym Class Heroes, Jack’s Mannequin, Big Chocolate, Yelawolf, The Devil Wears Prada, Lucero, The Aggrolites, Attack! Attack!, Unwritten Law, Less Than Jake, Pepper, We Came As Romans, Foxy Shazam, Go Radio, Grieves with Budo, The Ready Set, The Wonder Years, Enter Shikari, MC Lars, Big B., The Expendables are thrilling crowds at  a fan-friendly ticket price (for the list of 114 artists on every show go to: www.warpedtour.com/bands).

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, tour founder Kevin Lyman explains his new rules for curating the 2011 festival, “Ice-T once told me, ‘You gotta trust your gut.’ Before I tended to listen to other people and not my own ears.” For the tour’s 17th year, Lyman took Ice-T’s advice and spent two months straight listening to potential acts before picking an eclectic 114-band lineup including electro-rap jokesters 3OH!3, metalcore crew the Devil Wears Prada and Eminem [a former Vans Warped Tour alumni himself] protégé Yelawolf. Warped standbys Paramore and Against Me! anchor the roster.”  (Rolling Stone, “Summer Rocks: Hottest Tours and Festivals,” July 7-21).

Continually innovative and forward-thinking–the tour was the first festival to have a Solar stage and use Biodiesel fuel on the road and still utilizes them–founder Kevin Lyman partnered with Klean Kanteen to provide unlimited FREE filtered-water refilling stations all summer long. Patrons can fill up any cup at the stainless steel stations as much as they need throughout the day completely FREE. In addition, the tour worked with venues and promoters on every stop to lower the price of bottled-water to $3.00 across the board at ALL VANS WARPED TOUR shows this summer.

In another unprecedented move, the tour–noticing a need at the shows last year–partnered with Live Nation to offer a first-ever, pre-order food package for concert goers that can be purchased online for $8.50 in advance of the show (available cities listed in bold below). Once purchased, fans can print out the voucher and redeem it at the concessions stand on the day of the show. “I noticed kids leaving early last year and asked them why, they were hungry and ran out of money after spending their last dime on merch,” notes Lyman. “This hasn’t been done before, but it seemed we could find a way to make sure everyone stayed healthy throughout the day and got something to eat onsite.”


A patron fills up with Free Filtered Water at the Klean Kanteen station. Credit: *Paul Kersh.

Fans keep cool at Vans Warped Tour 2011. Refillable-filtered water station: photo
*David Wilson.

3OH!3 rock the Vans Warped Tour mainstage.

Fans enjoy a cool break in the MONSTER ENERGY DRINK VIP Rig.

Photo credit Giovanni Galluci: giovanniluigigallucci@gmail.com.

For the full list of VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 dates, visit: www.vanswarpedtour.com/dates and see below:

VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 dates are as follows:
(bolded cities are offering the food package)

Wed 6/29 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Thu 6/30 Las Vegas, NV Plaza Hotel – Parking Lot
Fri 7/1 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 7/2 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 7/3 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Wed 7/6 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Thu 7/7 Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri 7/8 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/9 Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Sun 7/10 Shakopee, MN (Mineapolis) Canterbury Park
Tue 7/12 Darien Center, NY (Buffalo) Darien Lake Fields
Wed 7/13 Mansfield, MA (Boston) Comcast Center
Thu 7/14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Fri 7/15 Mississauga, ON (Toronto) The Flats at Arrow Hall
Sat 7/16 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau
Sun 7/17 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
Tue 7/19 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Ampitheatre
Wed 7/20 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu 7/21 Camden, PA (Philadelphia) Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 7/22 Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 7/23 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/24 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/26 Columbia, MD (D.C) Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/27 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/28 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
Fri 7/29 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sat 7/30 West Palm Beach, FL (Miami) Cruzan Ampitheatre
Sun 7/31 St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa) Vinoy Park
Mon 8/1 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphietheater at Lakewood
Tue 8/2 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed 8/3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 8/4 Council Bluffs, IA Westfair Fairgrounds
Fri 8/5 Denver, CO Invesco Field at Mile High
Sat 8/6 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/7 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Tue 8/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Ampitheatre
Wed 8/10 Carson, CA (Los Angeles) Cal State Dominguez Hills
Thu 8/11 Marysville, CA (Sacramento) Sleep Train Ampitheatre
Fri 8/12 Nampa, ID (Boise) Idaho Center Ampitheatre
Sat 8/13 George, WA (Seattle) The Gorge Ampitheatre
Sun 8/14 Hillsboro, OR (Portland) Washington County Fairgrounds

About Vans Warped Tour:
The VANS WARPED TOUR® is well established as America’s premiere music and lifestyle festival of the summer, breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995.  The nationally-renowned festival is the most eclectic traveling tour and features a diverse array of artists–with hotly tipped acts in every genre from punk, metal and indie to rock, hip-hop, rap, electronic, reggae and pop; as well as a variety of lifestyle attractions for its traditionally low ticket price. The tour has cemented its place in history by bringing punk rock/skate/action sports culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need and being the first tour to consistently use groundbreaking environmental techniques every year on the road. The Warped Eco Initiatives (WEI) range from biodiesel fuel for touring trucks and buses, to environmentally friendly catering for bands and crew courtesy of Tada Catering. There’s even a solar-powered sound system on the Kevin Says Stage and www.vanswarpedtour.com showcases public transportation options for every tour date and carpool social media apps as well as exotic eco travel contests. For more information on the tour that Alternative Press readers voted the “Best Tour/Festival” of 2009/2010 and Rolling Stone called “America’s most successful festival” (2005). Now in its 17th year, the 44-date tour commences June 24 in Dallas, TX and finishes August 14 in Portland, OR go to: www.vanswarpedtour.com.


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