Vans Warped Tour Lineup And Features Of The Tour

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Cindy Oyervides, Editor

      This summer, Vans Warped Tour is going for its final cross country run. The lineup for all 38 shows was announced on March 1 which included bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Used and Motionless In White. While there are many “big” bands that will be featured on the tour, not all of them will be performing at each stop of the tour. The popular summer concert has a lot of special features like tons of stages for bands, affordable merchandise and even cheap tickets.

     When long time supporters of the tour, that’s been around since 1995, found out that this year would be the last, they were devastated. Many of them went to social media to express their frustration and tweeted about their hopes for this final run. Soon after the lineup was announced, people began getting upset over the fact that Lyman couldn’t manage to get ahold of more well known and old bands. Lyman has since tweeted that as each date gets closer, announcements will be made regarding special guests and other surprises.

     The lineup for the show in Illinois doesn’t include many of the big bands that will appear on select dates. Bands like Asking Alexandria, All Time Low, Black Veil Brides, and Falling In Reverse won’t be playing at Tinley Park. When fans learned that these bigger bands weren’t playing the show they usually attend, many of them began leaning towards not going.

“I’m really disappointed that the bands I wanted to see aren’t going because I was super excited over the fact that tickets were only around $50 to see everyone. Since they aren’t going to be there, I will have to wait until each band goes on tour which will cost me a lot more,” said Kayla Polo(18’).

     Tickets for Vans Warped Tour in Tinley Park, IL are still available for purchase through vanswarpedtour.com and will be available until they either sell out or until the date comes. The tour date for Illinois is on Saturday July 21 at 11 a.m.. If fans are wanting something extra special for this last run of the tour, they can also purchase 3D tickets from the website which are around $55 each without fees while standard tickets are $45 without fees.

     Vans Warped Tour has created separate stages for different bands. The bigger the band, typically, the larger the stage they play. There are two Journey’s stages: Journeys left foot stage and Journeys right foot stage. The mutant stage is another stage that has two- a north and south one. Other stages include the Skullcandy stage, the Hard Rock stage and the Full Sail University stage. On the day of the show, fans can buy maps all around the event which will allow for easy guidance as to where each one is found.

     Merchandise for nearly all the bands can be found at Warped Tour. Many bands will either have a merch booth set up during the day or will have panels with certain companies and will sell merchandise there. On the map, these booths aren’t mapped out so most people just walk around to find the booths. Checking in on the bands social media for updates as to where the band’s booth can be located is another thing a lot of fans tend to do so they can have an easier time finding it. A great perk about Warped Tour is that all of the merchandise is tax free and can be bought without having to wait a long time for it.

     After seeing the lineup and learning that this is the last Warped Tour, many people have already purchased tickets. If you plan on attending Warped Tour this year decide what bands you want to see, bring lots of money for merch and be sure to purchase a map to make this first or last time at Warped Tour a great one.