The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is a wrap and left a wake of memorable music moments in its path. For over 20 years the annual traveling music festival has been a collision of major and emerging artists, breakout bands, punk rock culture and SoCal style.
Throw back bands from Warped Tour yesteryear like Atreyu, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard and Sum 41 took the stage once again in front of massive crowds this summer. These bands grew up on tour and had a chance to inspire the next generation of artists and fans.
Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Sleeping With Sirens, Crown The Empire and 3OH!3 crushed it. While, Waka Flocka Flame hopped on a few tour dates and wowed the masses by inciting mosh pits and blending Metallica and Guns n’ Roses riffs with hip-hop bass lines.
The unique thing about VWT, is the curation process. Artists are chosen each year by Kevin Lyman and his team at 4fini, Inc. who have an uncanny ability to see around corners. They book artists that will appeal to a wide range of fans and who have a chance to break big. Last year PVRIS was that breakout band, this year Sykes, Against The Current and The Heirs all have a chance to blur the lines of pop culture and achieve commercial success.
In addition, Warped Tour is one of the few music festivals that removes the veil and gives fans a chance to directly connect with their favorite artists and bands. Whether it’s hanging out with some of your favorite artists who are watching their peers from the crowd, or connecting at a booth signing or during a hands on workshop at The Entertainment Institute tent, fans have a chance to really get to know the people they look up to.
The evolution of the digital world has redefined music discovery and the behavior of how fans find and consume music. However, nothing beats finding your new favorite band on Warped and sharing in the live experience with your best buds and new found friends. Bands like Masked Intruder, Assuming We Survive, Wage War and Cruel Hand were a few of our favorites that we stumbled on this year.
The Vans Warped Tour is more than just a music festival, it’s a family and there is a strong sense of community. From the bands to the crew, from the fans to the non-profits and the various brands, there is unification and a desire to advance not only the music scene but good will. RSD was proud to be a sponsor this year and we hope that our small contribution and the contribution of other brands, publications and swarms of music fans continues to help this music festival thrive.
Long Live Vans Warped Tour. . .