One year after saying farewell to its cross-country runs, Vans Warped Tour has revealed details for an upcoming 25th-anniversary celebration tour.
The 25th-anniversary events will take place in three U.S. cities over five nights in the summer. These shows are intended to be a final hoorah for the Warped Tour camp.
The iconic alternative/punk touring festival was founded in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. Since then it has drawn in millions of fans across the globe, incorporating a diverse and unique selection of musicians each year.
Lyman revealed the three highly-anticipated cities and all ticket details on Monday morning.
Warped Tour will officially hit the road once more in Cleveland, Atlantic City and Mountain View, Calif., between June and July.
Crowd surfing Sunday at Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2018.
In an official press release, Lyman expressed his gratitude to those who came out to support Warped Tour on its final cross-country run in 2018, and to those who have stood by him in the last 25 years.
“It was truly an honor to do a final cross-country run of Warped in 2018,” he wrote. “To see fans from all eras of the tour come out for a day to celebrate an event that meant so much to them.”
“I walked away from the final show with a true sense that the Vans Warped Tour became the community I had always hoped for,” he added.
“With the 25th Anniversary events, we want to bring the atmosphere of a classic Warped Tour show,” he wrote, “but on a scale that our fans simply could not get with a national tour.“
“The bands, the attractions, everything — we want to bring back elements that have made Warped Tour [what it is], over the last 25 years.”
Lyman promised the heart of Warped Tour will remain “intact” and that there will still be dozens of different bands, including locals, at these upcoming shows.
As well as that, the extreme sports and foodie aspects will remain present for a familiar and well-rounded experience.
Fans circle pitting at Warped Tour Sunday, located at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2018.
A number of fans seemed rather upset with the news, some citing they were “ripped off” after last year’s “farewell” tour.
A spokesperson was quick to reply to those expressing disappointment and reminded them that the idea for the 25th anniversary shows was made public on the Warped Tour website for more than six months — during the final cross-country tour of 2018.
“Last year was suppose to be the final tour, yet this bulls**t pops up and you don’t expect us to b***h about it? C’mon,” wrote one user.
“When we announced that it was the final tour we said we would be doing something to celebrate the 25th anniversary,” replied the representative.
“We had [it posted] on our website for 6+ months,” they added.
Vans Warped Tour 2019 poster. Celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Lyman has officially confirmed there will be no additional dates in 2019. Sorry, Canada.
Presale tickets go on sale on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets to the general public will be made available on March 1 at 10 a.m.
The official Warped Tour lineup will be revealed on March 1 at the same time. All details can be found on their website.
Vans Warped Tour ’25th Anniversary Celebration Events’
June 8 — Cleaveland, Ohio @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
June 29, 30 — Atlantic City, N.J. @ Atlantic City Beach
July 20, 21 — Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphiteatre
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