The annual traveling rock music festival Vans Warped Tour may have called it quits on the yearly edition of the fest, but in honor of their 25th anniversary, the tour will play at select cities this summer.
Founder Kevin Lyman revealed late last year that a handful of pop-up shows will occur in 2019.
“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,” Lyman said of the announcement.
This morning, the three cities were announced. The anniversary shows will kick-off in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a special new exhibit titled “Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour.” The day will begin with a special opening concert featuring performances from bands across the tour’s 24-year history. Fans will also have the ability to see artifacts from Warped bands and items from the first tour in 1995.
Next, the tour will make two-day stops on the east and west coasts. The first will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Atlantic City Beach from June 29 to June 30. Mountain View, California will host the second group of shows from July 20 to 21 at the Shoreline Amphitheater.
While the line-up for each show has not been announced yet, fans can expect 50+ bands across multiple stages, motocross sports alike skateboarding and motocross, and “an exhibit of art that has come out of the tour’s history.” A press release notes that while the tour will still hold true to the original Warped Tour experience, these shows will be “on a much larger scale over two full days.”
The 2018 edition of the festival included nearly 70 bands including big-name acts like We the Kings, All Time Low, Simple Plan, Bowling For Soup, The Used, Sum 41, and Taking Back Sunday. When early bird tickets for the final tour first went on sale, a majority of the cities sold-out within minutes, crashing the site.
“It was truly an honor to do a final cross-country run of Warped in 2018; to see fans from all eras of the tour come out for a day to celebrate an event that meant so much to them,” Lyman said following the final tour. “I walked away from the final show with a true sense that the Vans Warped Tour became the community I had always hoped for.”
Pre-sale tickets to the 25th anniversary will go on sale February 25. General admission tickets and the official lineup will be available on March 1.
Check out the tour dates below and read our 2018 review of the festival here.
Forever Warped 25th Anniversary Dates
June 8 — Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
June 29 & 30 — Atlantic City, New Jersey @ Atlantic City Beach
July 20 & 21 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre