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It's been revealed that the final cross country run of Vans Warped Tour will be filmed for a four part series.
Vanity have reported that the series will be a collaboration between Anthem Films, Dola Media Group and Warped and will look "at the history and vast influence of the tour, which has hosted virtually every punk-rock act of the past three decades."
Director DJay Brawner had this to say:
“The documentary that we’re putting together is really about the legacy of the tour,” director DJay Brawner tells Variety. “Of course, this year being the final year it’s important for us to capture moments from the culmination, but what we’re really trying to put together is a story about how the tour started and grew over the last 24 years, with all of it culminating with the final day and what that means for this team of people, the future of the brand and everything in between.
“So what we’re really trying to put together is something where we celebrate the faces of the tour, artists like Blink-182, Limp Bizkit, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Taking Back Sunday — the list goes on and on. Getting all of them to tell us their story of Warped, and also all the people who have been involved it from other angles, like the [longtime sponsor] Vans team, the various sponsors, the music managers and publicists of all the tour over the years.”
The full line-up for the festival was announced recently with special appearances from Hatebreed and Pennywise also drip fed.
Take it all in below:
We spoke to founder Kevin Lyman all about some of his reasons for bringing the festival to an end on the Rock Sound Podcasr recently.
YOU SAID TO BILLBOARD THAT FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS THE TOUR HASN’T BEEN QUITE AS FUN AND THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY THERE WAS A CHANGE IN ATTENDANCE, SPECIFICALLY WITH MORE CASUAL FESTIVAL GOERS. HAS IT BEEN A BIT DISAPPOINTING TO SEE THAT SHIFT?
“It is in general. I think it’s a societal shift. You think it’s yourself at first. You’re going ‘Where did all the 14 to 17 year olds go?’ They just did not come out this year and some people said, ‘well the line-up is a bit older’. We had Neck Deep and Beartooth and I Prevail. We had all the young bands that should be the up and coming bands within music and the younger kids just did not come out. As the summer went on and I talked to more people and they’re saying their kids just want to stay in their rooms and watch Netflix.”
DO YOU THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAVE A REAL EFFECT ON MUSIC ACROSS THE BOARD?
“We talked about streaming being such a big force in music. Bands are streamed but are they making the connection to want to encourage people to come out and see them live? Early on in technology, people told me that people would live in these virtual worlds and perform and people would just watch from their home and I said you would never replace the live music experience.
I always thought that you’d grow up and want to go out and experience live music but for some reason there seems to be a disconnect right now with that younger demographic. The music is playing in the background while they’re doing their homework and while they’re on Snapchat but it’s not motivating them to want to go and see the bands live. So it’s a challenge we all face in the music business. How do we motivate people to take that streaming and get the emotional attachment to the band to want to go and see them live?”
YOU ALSO SAID THAT THE UNITY BETWEEN BANDS HAS BEEN MISSING IN RECENT YEARS…
“I’ve seen it absolutely in the last four or five years. Before you judged each other, you’d have to meet each other on the road or maybe you’d toured with each other. Now I think people are passing judgments on other bands or jumping to conclusions on other bands just by what they see on social media.
It wasn’t like that through the years when we used to get together at Warped Tour. No one showed up at Warped Tour with a preconceived notion of who the Black Eyed Peas were. You’d have hip-hop and you’d have punk bands and rock bands and then all of a sudden you threw them in that parking lot and they’d find how much they had in common. I’ve always said ‘You’re all musicians, you’re all artists, you may play something different, but you should support each other as much as possible’.
The inner-bickering amongst bands to me is draining and the bickering amongst bands within a scene is not healthy.”
Listen to the full chat below: