For more than twenty years, Vans Warped Tour has been a staple in the pop-punk scene. From Fall Out Boy to Taking Back Sunday to everyone in between, Warped Tour has been a place for music lovers to meet their favorite bands, hang out with friends, work towards their passions and even gain a nasty sunburn.
Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Vans Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, announced that 2018 would be the final tour.
Read part of Lyman’s statement below, which originally appeared on the Warped Tour website.
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.
— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) November 15, 2017
In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports. With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.
I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.” (Read the full statement here.)
After releasing the statement, Lyman also released the full list of dates for Warped Tour as well as exclusive super fan packages, which will be available for each date of the tour.
Ticketing information, super fan packages and more can be found here.