Warped Tour or Vans Warped Tour is going on its 17th round this summer and you can expect it to be just as diverse and exciting as ever! The tour, for those who don’t know, is an international music and extreme sports festival that has been sponsered by the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans, since 1995, among others. Warped Tour began as a showcase for punk rock and new wave ska music, however it features a large variety of genres. Genres may include punk rock, ska, alternative rock, reggae, hip-hop, pop, and post hardcore.

The Vans warped tour 2012 allows fans to vote online for their favorite band to play a longer set as the last band of the evening. There are usually several bands playing all at once on the various stages. The stages are set up in various locations around the venue or parking lot to ensure one band’s music is not disrupted by the other bands performing at that time. By the mid 2000s, Warped Tour has featured as many as 100 performances per show. The bands play for approximently 30 minutes on over 10 stages, yet the biggest bands generally play on the two main stages. The event’s begin at around 11 in the morning and end around 9 at night.

The Warped Tour 2012  was created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman. Lyman aquired the idea while working on skateboarding shows like Vision Skate Escape and Holiday Havoc, which inlcuded music with skateboarding contests. The name of the tour comes for Warp Magazine, which was only published for a brief time. The tour has been in various nations such as Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States.

Here is a brief list of the this years line up:


Breathe Carolina

Born of Osiris

For Today

Mayday Parade

Sleeping With Sirens

Senses Fail

Memphis May Fire

This is only a very brief list. The tour begins on June 16, in Salt Lake City ,Warped Tour 2012 Tickets are on sale now.