VANS WARPED TOUR®–America’s premiere music and lifestyle festival of the summer–is set to kick off June 24 in Dallas, TX at Gexa Energy Pavilion and wraps up August 14 in Portland, OR at Washington County Fairgrounds. The nationally-renowned touring festival is the most eclectic traveling tour on the planet featuring punk, rock, hip-hop and rap, metal, indie rock, electronic, alt-country, folk-punk, dubstep, reggae and pop including performers 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 and many, many more. See www.warpedtour.com/bands for a full list. Set to launch its 17th year, the tour has consistently offered a wide-range of lifestyle attractions onsite for a traditionally low ticket price. www.warpedtour.com
Following is a list of the new and returning attractions, activities in the Vans Warped Tour tent village and tour sponsors for the 2011 run:
Vans Swag and House of Vans NYC Party and Trip Giveaway:
The first 200 fans to arrive at Vans’ big red & white checkerboard tents at the Warped Tour get free swag! Plus, new this year, stop by the huge inflatable Vans Line-Up Board for set times and then take a photo with friends at the “Vans Tour Bus” banner on the Line-Up board each day. Upload your photos and we’ll pick the best ones for free shoes plus a special grand prize winner will get a trip for two to the Vans House Party concert at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY including air, food and lodging in New York City.
Vans Skate “Amateur Mini-Ramp Skate Jam:”
A Vans Warped Tour without skating is like a deck without trucks. Whether you understand that analogy or not, you’ve gotta stop by the Vans Skate Ramp to see local pre-qualified contestants shred during the Amateur Mini-Ramp Skate Jam. This contest will be featured at each stop on the Vans Warped Tour and awards $500.00 cash prizes daily as 20 to 25 local “hot” pre-qualified skaters shred the mini-ramp for fun and money. Skaters, don’t be left out! To find your area’s qualifying prelim, go to www.caslusf.com or call (909) 883-6176. The schedule of prelim contests will be updated weekly. Ollies aside, make sure you go to WarpedTour.com and get today’s daily code. Be one of the first 200 fans to bring it to the main Vans booth at the show and land great prizes.
Kia “Soul Lounge & Kevin Says Stage” Powered by Kia Motors: For the fourth consecutive summer, Kia Motors America heads back on tour to more than 40 U.S. stops as the “Official Vehicle of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour®.” At every stop, Warped fans have the opportunity to visit the Kia Soul Lounge, an interactive space featuring the 2012 Kia Soul, 2011 Forte Koup and all-new 2012 Rio5, launching in the U.S. market this fall. This year the Kia Soul Lounge features an updated, interactive video confessional, live DJ and daily autograph sessions with Less than Jake, 3OH!3, Gym Class Heroes, Attack! Attack! and other special guests. In select markets, these artists and others will stop by the Kia Soul Lounge to perform live acoustic sets. Fans also can design their own Kia-branded VIP t-shirt or bandana in the all-new Kia Soul Lounge Stencil Art Studio, and use these creations to access an exclusive Kia VIP riser near the main stage, providing shade and unobstructed views of the biggest performances throughout the day. As in previous years, Kia Motors remains the “Presenting Sponsor” of the Kia Kevin Says Stage, a solar-powered stage that provides local bands the opportunity to play their music for Vans Warped Tour concertgoers. This year, Kia Motors also is launching a virtual Kia Soul Lounge on their Kia Soul Facebook community page, providing fans and visitors with a digital extension of the Kia Soul Lounge, including live and produced exclusive acoustic sets, daily backstage video blogs, tour photos, a chance to win a brand new Kia Soul and more. Check out www.facebook.com/kiasoul for an online all-access pass to the virtual Kia Soul Lounge.
Nintendo 3DS(tm) Experience: Nintendo is partnering with the Vans Warped Tour to create the ultimate fan experience. Fans will dive into a new dimension of fun at the Nintendo 3DS Demo Zones to experience incredible gameplay featuring real 3D graphics, with no need for special glasses. Check out the latest Nintendo 3DS games in the main gaming zone, and visit the additional Nintendo 3DS areas throughout the venue to explore all the new ways to play in 3D with games, photos, videos and more. The Vans Warped Tour and Nintendo have created an experience that can’t be missed!
Advent Clothing Company is back for more warped tour action yet again by hitting the road and taking over the second largest stage this summer featuring such acts as The Acacia Strain, Miss May I, and Abandon All Ships. You’ll definitely want to keep an ear out for that as well as an eye out for the Advent tent where they’ll be selling brand new products exclusively made for this summer. When you come hang with Advent you’ll catch different meet and greets, signings with your favorite artists, contests, give-a-ways and possibly even meet a few well known names in the skate industry that just may come and chill at select dates all summer long!”
• TILLY’S & ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAGE:
Tilly’s is a passionate lifestyle brand with a heritage rooted in the close-knit action-sports community. This summer, Tilly’s is excited to co-sponsor a stage on the Vans Warped Tour with the definitive voice of underground music, Alternative Press magazine. The Tilly’s/AP stage is proud to host some of the most eclectic bands playing this summer including Big D And The Kids Table, Simple Plan, Lucero, Pepper, Unwritten Law and recent AP cover stars Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.). Be sure to swing by the Tilly’s booth to get tons of incredible giveaways and don’t forget to stop by the AP tent to grab your free copy of the official Warped Tour program. And if that’s not enough, point your browser to tillys.com/vanswarpedtour and altpress.com/warpedtour for exclusive content you can’t find anywhere else all summer long.
• ALTERNATIVE PRESS:
Now entering its 26th year as the definitive voice of the underground culture, Alternative Press magazine not only covers your favorite musicians in print every month, but we also dive even deeper on Altpress.com every day. This summer, AP is extremely proud to co-sponsor a stage on Warped Tour for a second year, this time partnering up with the leading action-sports retailer Tilly’s. The lineup of the Tilly’s/AP stage is as eclectic as the magazine itself, running from cover stars past (Simple Plan) and present (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) to smooth reggae (the Aggrolites), hard-hitting punk (Street Dogs), and the next wave of pop (the Ready Set). Make sure to swing by the AP tent to grab your free copy of the official Warped Tour program for autograph signings. And if that’s not enough, point your browser to altpress.com/warpedtour where we will have exclusive content you can’t find anywhere else all summer long.
The Skullcandy Stage is the only place to catch Passafire, Yelawolf, Big B, Ivy League, Pour Habit and fist full of Skullcandy gear. Cruz by the Skullcandy tent and enter the second annual “Candy Girl Contest” or get your photo taken in front of a Warped-themed backdrop of choice. If you’ve got photophobia skip the flashing lights and step over to the regulation size Plinko board where you can win anything from headphones to hoodies. Be on the lookout for artist singings and endless swag giveaways.
• ERNIE BALL
The 2011 Vans Warped Tour will mark 15 years that Ernie Ball has provided an opportunities for unsigned bands to play the longest running festival of its kind. During that period over 2,500 local bands have graced the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Stage in order to stake their claim at over $350,000 in cash and prizes. This year you can expect to see performances from headliners There For Tomorrow, A Skylit Drive, Terrible Things, Madina Lake, Motionless in White, Woe, Is Me, Eyes Set to Kill and more!!! In between the action, swing over to the Ernie Ball tent located inside the Warped Tour tent village. Where we will have carnival style games, interactive instrument kiosks, free giveaways and daily signings from all your favorite Vans Warped Tour Bands!!!!
Monster Energy supports the Vans Warped Tour scene; everyone from athletes and bands are rockin’ Monster Energy more than anything these days. Enjoy the Monster Energy VIP Lounge for fans and bands all summer long with free ice-cold Monster inside. Be sure to try our latest release: Tea + Lemonade + Energy…MONSTER REHAB!
• AIR NATIONAL GUARD:
This summer, the Air National Guard will hit the road and make its debut at the Vans Warped Tour. The Air National Guard is a reserve component of the United States Air Force. They serve a dual role, supporting both federal and state missions and are called upon in times of natural disasters, civil disturbances, and to support homeland defense. Come by the Air National Guard event site in the Vans Warped tent village and play Air Taptics, a unique gaming app developed specifically for the Air Guard, at four iPad II gaming stations. Test your app-titude by assessing your reaction time, logic and mental agility and receive cool stuff like drawstring backpacks, guitar picks, free music downloads and concert buttons. Check out real gear worn by Battlefield Airmen Special Ops teams and learn more about the diverse functions of the Air Guard, the high-tech nature of its career opportunities as well as the benefits of enlistment and service. Other activities on site will include physical challenges like push-up contests and video games like Tony Hawk: Shred, for those looking to flaunt their action sports skills. For more information on the Air Guard, visit: www.GoANG.com.
• KLEAN KANTEEN:
Klean Kanteen couldn’t be more excited to be the “new kid” on the Van’s Warped Tour. In an effort to make a big splash on our first tour, we’re bringing you free, filtered water to keep you hydrated all day long as you enjoy the Warped sounds of the tour. Just keep an eye out for the stainless steel Klean Kanteen water stations and stop by and fill up… what’s that? you didn’t bring a reusable bottle? No worries, Klean has got you covered. We will have an assortment of Kanteens available for purchase at a discounted Warped price, including the Van’s Warped Tour limited edition Kanteen. Come on by and check us out! We would love the chance to meet you and share our thoughts on the issues surrounding water and single-use plastics. Don’t worry, we will certainly not be a bunch of talking heads, we will have some fun ways for you to walk away with some cool, Klean swag.
• KEEP A BREAST GIRLZ GARAGE:
The Keep A Breast Traveling Education Booth is celebrating it’s 10th year talking to young people about the importance of breast cancer awareness and prevention at the Vans Warped Tour. This year KAB has taken over and dubbed the Girlz Garage the Keep A Breast Girlz Garage! Under the tent you can find their new Non Toxic Revolution campaign which aims to inspire young people to revolt against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. Under the striped tent get out of the sun and hang out and enjoy the Vans shoe gallery, create your own t-shirt or bag, play & win Daisy Rock guitars and participate in KAB’s “Imagine If Campaign” allowing you to connect with others online, enjoy acoustic performances and signings with some of your favorite bands.
Experience pleasure like never before. Visit the Trojan® Condoms Pleasure Discovery Lab accompanying the Vans Warped Tour ‘11 all-summer long in the tent village! Discover the thrills of the Trojan® Pleasurevator 270° immersion video, enjoy Ecstasy-inducing games, and take home FREE Trojan® product samples. It’s a fun-filled lab tour lab you won’t soon forget.
• truth® TRUCK:
What does the truth® youth smoking prevention campaign do at the Vans Warped Tour? Each year we do some pretty cool stuff…
- We show up in a bright orange truth truck that is tricked out with a DJ booth, sound system, flat screen, and lounge area.
- We play random fun games with teens all day, giving them the opportunity to win some cool merchandise and high quality “gear” items including T-shirts, socks, posters, and exclusive skate decks. Besides being fashion-forward and cool, all of our gear contains a tobacco-related fact designed to educate teens.
- Our resident DJ–from the Scratch Academy–spins a soundtrack that gets people moving in the zone, and also gives people DJ lessons.
- Most importantly, we spread the truth about addiction, the marketing tactics of the tobacco industry, and the health effects and social consequences of smoking. We hope that by doing all of this teens will make their own informed decisions about whether or not to smoke.
• “CONAN THE BARBARIAN:”
Lionsgate’s “Conan The Barbarian:” The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this summer when “Conan the Barbarian” joins the Vans Warped Tour, America’s biggest concert event. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination—Conan’s epic exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film. To save Hyboria from an encroaching reign of evil, Conan and his allies must battle terrifying monsters, evil sorcery and hulking rivals. “Conan the Barbarian” stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman.
“Conan the Barbarian” is in theaters everywhere August 19th and will be invading the Vans Warped Tour with a 360 degree assault including:
- A semi-truck featuring “Conan the Barbarian” artwork powering the Warped Tour across the Nation.
- Partnerships with top rock radio stations in 19 markets where listeners can win free VIP passes to the Warped Tour on behalf of “Conan the Barbarian.”
- A “Conan the Barbarian” booth–your one stop spot to learn about this summer’s biggest action movie! Head over to the booth to watch the “Conan the Barbarian” trailer and take part in competitions for prize packs that include custom t-shirts and tattoos as well as Blackberry tablets. Enter to win a Blackberry Playbook by signing up on one of the Playbooks at the booth or by scanning a mobile barcode with your smart phone.
- Online: Join the Barbarian army on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ConanTheBarbarian and check out the latest Vans Warped Tour news, photos and sweeps. Visit the movie’s website at: http://www.conanthebarbarianin3d.com.
Fuse Warped Wednesdays
- Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm ET–July 6 through August 10
Tune-in to Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company, this summer for Warped Wednesdays. Every week Warped Wednesdays will feature a weekly dose of music and news from the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, serving as an all-access pass to exclusive interviews with this year’s bands and music videos from Warped artists, past and present. Viewers can also find a one-hour Warped special hosted by Allison Hagendorf featuring highlights and interviews from this year’s tour, as well as a special Warped edition of “Fuse Top 20 Countdown.” For full Warped Tour coverage and info, visit: fuse.tv/warped.
• AMERICAN RAG:
American Rag, sold exclusively at Macy’s, epitomizes carefree, cool style through casual clothing with a unique indie vibe for young men and women. American Rag is proud to power Ragged Magazine, a free publication featuring full-length articles and photospreads of today’s hottest artists sporting the latest American Rag collections. Fans can pick up a free copy of the special Van’s Warped Tour edition of Ragged, featuring 30H!3, Attack Attack!, Hellogoodbye and more, at the American Rag booth all summer long. The booth will also feature exclusive meet-and-greets with artists, acoustic sets, and a photobooth where festival-goers can show off their fashion for a chance to win a $500 American Rag shopping spree at Macy’s. Follow @raggedmag on Twitter for daily updates from the tour and see all of the photo galleries and a PDF download of Ragged at http://raggedmag.com.
MusicSkins.com Tent: Uncle Jesse and the MusicSkins crew are back as a proud sponsor of Vans Warped Tour 2011! This year, the newly designed MusicSkins tent will be offering even more to fans and artists alike. Stocked with an arsenal of protective skins for hundreds of personal electronic devices, MusicSkins will be carrying new designs from VWT’s pop, punk and metal powerhouses along with gift cards and tons of free swag. Connecting with the Warped community is a major priority for MusicSkins.com. With the recent addition of their MOT.TV (MusicSkins on Tour) YouTube Channel, multiple contesting partnerships and city by city StreetElite team, this unique online merchandiser is proving themselves to be oh-so much more. Check out their ad in the Official VWT Program Guide, follow @MusicSkins for daily tent placement and go get Skin’d up on Vans Warped Tour 2011! www.MusicSkins.com.
• NEW YORK MODEL MANAGEMENT:
New York Model Management + LA Models boast the most formidable teams in all of modeling. NYMM + LA Models has a visibility that is unquestionable from the high-end editorial modeling world to lucrative commercial modeling. LA Models is the largest modeling agency on the West Coast, New York Model Management is a Top Ten Agency. Together they have teamed their fashion forces with Vans Warped Tour 2011 in search of top super models. Be cool, love the music, be scouted…
Snagola.com is a new sponsor to the Van’s Warped Tour. We have teamed up to bring some unique product offers to the shows, including an Exclusive Skate Deck with the Official Van’s Warped Tour Artwork. We also have some great Ticket Packages offers and giveaways. Snagola specializes in delivering unique Promotions to the 16 to 30 year old crowd. Come see us at: www.snagola.com.
Vans Warped Tour and Whooznxt.com have partnered together to bring Vans Warped Tour bands one of the coolest campaigns any tour has to offer!
- Whooznxt.com is the first and only platform that rewards artists for growing their digital fan base with real world exposure. Each month, the platform tracks an artists’ fan growth across the top social networks and music portals. Bands can register on Whooznxt.com for an opportunity to play more dates on the Vans Warped Tour stage…AND other top monthly competitions with other Whooznxt.com partners who are looking for the next big stars such as: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, SPIN, House of Blues, Time Warner Cable, etc. More partners are announced each month–so keep checking www.whooznxt.com for the latest opportunities.
Venture encourages fans and bands to share their stories through video clips of how they Venture to create a better world, starting with Kevin Lyman on how he Ventures and pushes the norm with the Vans Warped Tour with eco programs, biodiesel, cell phone collections, and other green ideas. Venture is collecting clips submitted to www.VNTR.org from fans on how they plan to Venture in this world to create change. Venture is a lifestyle that pushes the edge, encourages sustainable ideas, promotes the outdoors, creates awareness through artistic expression, and motivates youth culture to take action and dare.
D-Tox is proud to present the Vans Warped Tour in Canada for a second year in a row. We’ll be giving away tons of cool gifts and promo items and will host signings for some of your favorite bands. This year in Montreal and Toronto, come to the D-Tox tent and meet A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Winds Of Plague, The Acacia Strain and more! Visit d-tox.com for more details.
• SUPER SOAKER:
Are you ready for a high-energy, intense soaking experience like never before?
Hasbro’s NERF SUPER SOAKER is teaming up with the Vans Warped Tour this year to unleash a whole new level of competitive water blaster play. Water warriors onsite will enjoy new, stylized design elements, unparalleled soaking capability, and groundbreaking rapid reload technology in the new 2011 line-up of Blasters. Join in the splash with Super Soaker at the Vans Warped Tour!
• TANGY ZANGY:
Check us out at our Tangy Zangy® hangout at the Van’s Warped Tour in Toronto. Grab a free sample, and Show Us Your Face On Tangy Zangy® for a chance to win $5000! Enter and vote at tangyzangy.com. Contest details available on our site.
• CONCERETE WAVE PASSPORT PROGRAM:
Concrete Wave Magazine has teamed up with a number of sponsors to entice you into their passport program in support of non-profit organizations. To begin your travels, simply visit the Concrete Wave booth located near the Take Action non-profit area of the Warped Tour tent village and pick up your official Vans Warped Tour/Concrete Wave Passport. Then head out and visit a number of non-profit booths and get your passport stamped. Once you’ve travelled to the required number of booths, return to the Concrete Wave booth for a chance to win some unique prizes. It’s a fun and great way to learn about non-profits and TAKE ACTION!
The VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 is made possible through the support of Vans and sponsors such as: 7-Eleven, Action For Animals, Advent Clothing, Air National Guard, Airforce Reserves, Alternative Press, American Rag CIE, Amnesty International, ASEC, AUX.tv, BCWA, Boarding For Breast Cancer, Boy Scouts Of America, Bridge 9 Records, The Canvas Foundation, Century Media, Chicago Custom Percussion, Concrete Wave, D-Tox/Amnesia (CAN Only), Daisy Rock Guitars, Dear Jack, Egnator Amps, Electro Voice, Epitaph Records, Equal Vision, Ernie Ball, Eventric, Fearless Records, Feed Our Children Now!, Fueled By Ramen, Fuse (US Only), Hasbro Super Soakers, HK Army, Hopeless Records, Interscope Records, iTunes, John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Keep A Breast, Kia, Kleen Kanteen, Lionsgate (Conan The Barbarian), Marines, Matador Beef Jerky, Monster Energy Drink/Hansens, Music Cares, Music Saves Lives, MusicSkins, NAMM, NARAS, New Normal, New York Model Management, Nintendo, Nooka Inc, Orange Amps, PETA2, Punky Pets, Ramussen College, Rise Records, Rocksmith,Sabian, Shirts For A Cure, SideOneDummy Records, SJC Drums, Skull Candy, Snagola, SOYJOY, Spaun Drums, Square, Sumerian Records, Tangy Zangy, Taye Drums, Threadless Clothing, Tilly’s, To Write Love On Her Arms,Tooth & Nail Records, Trojan Condoms, The Truth, UFC, Ultimate Ears, Umbrella Clothing, Vans, Visual Sound , Wal-Mart, Gamecenter, West 49, WhoozNxt, Zildjian Cymbals.
Vans Warped Tour 2011
|Fri||6/24||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|Sat||6/25||Houston, TX||The Showgrounds at Sam Houston|
|Sun||6/26||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|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 Amphitheatre|
|Sun||7/10||Shakopee, MN (Minneapolis)||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 Amphitheater|
|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 Amphitheater|
|Thu||7/28||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Fri||7/29||Orlando, FL||Central Florida Fairgrounds|
|Sat||7/30||West Palm Beach, FL (Miami)||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|Sun||7/31||St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa)||Vinoy Park|
|Mon||8/1||Atlanta, GA||Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood|
|Tue||8/2||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|Wed||8/3||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|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 Amphitheater|
|Wed||8/10||Carson, CA (Los Angeles)||Cal State Dominguez Hills|
|Thu||8/11||Marysville, CA (Sacramento)||Sleep Train Amphitheater|
|Fri||8/12||Nampa, ID (Boise)||Idaho Center Amphitheater|
|Sat||8/13||George, WA (Seattle)||The Gorge Amphitheater|
|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.