Pictured above Omar Hassan skates the House of Vans. Photo credit: Anthony Acosta.

Back to the old-school…

The VANS WARPED TOUR–which has played an integral part in bringing punk and skate culture to the mainstream–is throwing a press conference and kick off party this Friday, March 25 at the newly-opened House of Vans (25 Franklin Street @ Meseorole, Brooklyn, NY). This marks the first time in the tour’s 17-year history that the conference and party has launched from New York City.  It also is the first tour event at the House of Vans, a stunning 24,000 square foot indoor skate park and concert venue.

At the press conference and kick-off this Friday, tour founder and producer Kevin Lyman and Steve Van Doren of Vans will be joined by VANS WARPED TOUR artists from the past and present, legendary members of the Vans Skate Team including Ray Barbee, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Grosso and Steve Alba who will entertain in the House of Vans bowl, a live graffiti art performance from visual artist Kaves (a veteran of the tour with Lordz of Brooklyn) and musical performances from VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 artists Lionize, Moving Mountains, MC Lars and The Wonder Years.

The night will culminate with the VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 headlining artists LIVE announcement, which will take place at Saturday, March 26 12:00AM Midnight ET and be broadcast via: www.warpedtour.com. To view the artists that have been confirmed for the 2011 summer trek so far, visit: http://vanswarpedtour.com/bands.

Press arrival & check in: 5:30 PM
Press conference begins: 6:30 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
VIP Bar and Food Trucks will be complimentary.

Check out the House of Vans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3bCkVO1qEI

Also, beginning Saturday, March 26 festival goers can purchase tickets early via the VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 exclusive, lower-priced pre-sale via www.warpedtour.com. The specially-priced pre-sale ticket package includes a jump-the-line early entry pass and a Vans Warped Tour 2011 compilation CD. Only a limited number of these tickets are available per city and once they sell-out, they’re gone. Register here to purchase first: http://lms.musictoday.com/redirect/bounce.asp?cid=45279.

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/dates.

Atmosphere outside the House of Vans. Photo credit Colin Moore.



The VANS WARPED TOUR® is well established as America’s longest-running touring festival, breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995.  The nationally-renowned festival has cemented its place in history by playing a major role in 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 message boards as well as exotic eco travel contests. The traveling summer camp features a diverse array of artists—with hotly tipped acts in every genre from punk, metal and indie to rock, pop and hip-hop; as well as a variety of lifestyle attractions for its traditionally low ticket price.  For more information on the tour that Alternative Press readers voted the “Best Tour/Festival” of 2009 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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