Festival Recap: Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Event In Mountain View, CA

On July 20-21, thousands of people descended upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA to say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour at the final of three 25th anniversary events. It was a long weekend of music, skating, wrestling, and more.

People started moving into the event on Saturday morning and they were already excited for what lied ahead. For those that wanted to take in the whole festival, it was nice to get in as early as possible to navigate the festival grounds and check out the various merch booths, vendors, etc. before their favorite artists took the stage. This date featured performances from the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, August Burns Red, Wage War, Goldfinger, Simple Plan, Save Ferris, Anti-Flag, OFF!, Meg & Dia, Silent Planet, and tons more. These groups managed to bring in an unmatched energy that captured the spirit of the festival’s 25 year run. Every act was memorable for different reasons, whether it be The Offspring’s impeccable showmanship and comedic stage banter, Bad Religion’s killer musicianship, Anti-Flag’s inspiring words, or Wage War’s intense onslaught.

As day two arrived, there was no shortage of massive amounts of talent and positive vibes. This day included artists such as NOFX, who played an abbreviated set after some travel issues, Jawbreaker, The Used, Sum 41, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Juliet Simms, Dance Gavin Dance, Thrice, Circa Survive, and more. Every artist had a different flair to them, helping to enhance the festival experience even more. This included the awesome dual vocal stylings of Dance Gavin Dance and Atreyu, amazingly powerful vocals from Simms, the entertaining and comedic nature of The All-American Rejects, the extremely energetic Sum 41, and the fun dancey vibe of Black.

Despite all these great things, the real highlight came at the end. NOFX’s flight got cancelled and they ultimately needed to get flown in on a private jet, before getting a police escort to the venue. However, they weren’t going to make it until 9:50, so organizer Kevin Lyman recruited a number of musicians to cover songs from the band until then. Members of Goldfinger, Sum 41, Thrice, Atreyu, The Used, The All-American Rejects, The Starting Line, etc. participated in the cool performance, which Lyman described as a drunken jam session, reminiscent of past Warped barbecues. They even had a fan, identified as Twitch, sing a song before Fat Mike ran out, much to the crowd’s delight.

Once NOFX took the stage, they powered through 11 tracks, before being told to stop, but it was awesome nonetheless. The band were hilarious, energetic, and they managed to give Warped Tour a proper send-off, regardless of the circumstances.

All in all, the whole weekend was a blast. There may have been a few hiccups at the very end, but it actually worked out by making everything even more memorable. The iconic “punk rock summer camp” has been bringing people together for 25 years and it ended the way it should have, with a community joined together by the power of music.

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More Bands Added To Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

More bands have been added to the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check out the updated lineups below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Meg & Dia
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Deadly Apples
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
Hyro The Hero
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Meg & Dia
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Oxymorons
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Taking Back Sunday
Tatiana Demaria
The Ones You Forgot
Thrice
Travie McCoy
Trophy Eyes
The Used
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

July 20:

Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
August Burns Red
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Face To Face
FEA
Fishbone
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Good Charlotte
I The Mighty
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Meg & Dia
OFF!
The Offspring
One OK Rock
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Travie McCoy
The Vandals
Wage War
We The Kings
The World Over

July 21:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Atreyu
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Four Year Strong
Go Betty Go
Hyro The Hero
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
Quicksand
Shiragirl
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Teenage Bottlerocket
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
Twiztid
The Used
Vigil Of War
Whitney Peyton
Yungblud

Lineups Revealed For Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

The lineups have officially been revealed for the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check those out below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
Taking Back Sunday
Thrice
Trophy Eyes
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

July 20-21: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
Atreyu
August Burns Red
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Face To Face
Fea
Fishbone
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Go Betty Go
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
I The Mighty
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
OFF!
The Offspring
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
The Used
The Vandals
Vigil Of War
Wage War
We The Kings
Whitney Peyton

Venues Revealed For 25th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour Dates

As previously reported, the Vans Warped Tour will be returning this year for select 25th anniversary dates. Here’s all the locations:

06/08 Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
06/29 Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach
06/30 Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach
07/20 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/21 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Kevin Lyman commented:

“With the [Vans Warped Tour] 25th Anniversary events, we want to bring the atmosphere of a classic Warped Tour show, but on a scale that our fans simply could not get with a national tour.

The bands, the special attractions, everything – we want to bring back elements that have made the Warped Tour, Warped Tour, over the past 25 years.”

The Atlantic City, NJ and the Mountain View, CA events “will be [the] same Warped Tour vibe [with] multiple stages, extreme sports, sponsor activations, non profits, etc.”

The Cleveland date will be more “scaled back,” but it will feature a “Forever Warped: 25 Years Of Vans Warped Tour” exhibit with various things from the tour’s history, including instruments from Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Rancid, etc. The exhibit will open with a concert featuring performances from bands that have played the festival throughout the years, a mini vert ramp, and more.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on February 25 and the lineup will be revealed on March 1, the same day as the general sale.

Venues For 25th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour Dates To Be Revealed In January, Lineup To Be Announced In March

The Vans Warped Tour hit the road for its last cross-country run earlier this year, but the event will still return in 2019 for select 25th anniversary shows. Exact locations and venues will be revealed on January 28 and the lineup will be announced in early March.

Tour Dates:

06/08 Cleveland, OH – TBA
06/29 East Coast – TBA
06/30 East Coast – TBA
07/20 West Coast – TBA
07/21 West Coast – TBA

Kevin Lyman commented:

“The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.”

“I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, and what the final run meant for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.”

Kevin Lyman Reveals Dates For 25th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour Shows

The Vans Warped Tour hit the road for its last cross-country run in 2018, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. In fact, founder Kevin Lyman has announced that there will be some Warped Tour 25th anniversary events in 2019 including one in Cleveland OH on June 8, two on the East Coast on June 29-30 and two on the West Coast on July 20-21.

Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Hospitalized

Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour, has been hospitalized for an undisclosed reason. He said the following on Twitter:

“37 years of hard charging in the music business and it to [sic] only two weeks of teaching to put me in the hospital. Seriously take care of yourselves we are not invincible!”

This news comes after the Warped Tour completed its final cross-country run earlier this month.