We're getting closer and closer.
As we get closer to finally learning the line-up for its last cross-country run on March 01, Vans Warped Tour have revealed a few date changes.
Check them out below:
28 - PHOENIX Ak-Chin Pavilion
30 - CHARLOTTE PNC Music Pavilion
02 - JACKSONVILLE Old Cypress Lot Near Met Park
All of the information you need can be found on the official website.
2018 Vans Warped Tour Date Changes— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) February 25, 2018
many of you have been planning your summer around the final Vans Warped Tour, be sure to note a few changes in our routing:
◾ 6/28 Phoenix, AZ
◾ 7/30 Charlotte, NC
◾ 8/02 Jacksonville, FL#warpedtour #vanswarpedtour pic.twitter.com/VxaSIdwDCK
We spoke to founder Kevin Lyman all about what the future holds for the festival on the Rock Sound Podcast.
WHERE DID THIS DECISION COME FROM?
“It’s been stewing in my mind for the last couple of years. I mean I set out this tour in 1995 to promote action sports and music. Through the years it transformed into a cultural thing but I think I’d done everything I could possibly do in the format that it is. Things have changed a lot.
I’m just tired to be honest – physically tired. I’m out there because I believe that me being the presence on the tour has been the stabilizing thing when you have so many bands on the road that you end up getting just fatigued. I’m 57 years old working 16 hours a day for two months straight. I think we can continue what we’ve done with Warped in the future but it just needs to manifest itself in different ways.”
SO IT’S ALL ABOUT ADAPTING TO WHERE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS HEADING? YOU WANT TO TRY DIFFERENT THINGS WITH THE WARPED NAME?
“Potentially. We still have a 37-city tour to put out this year, we still have plans for the 25th anniversary, and we just finished a cruise. There’s a lot of work to do over the next 18 months and we haven’t really looked beyond that. Who knows which way it’s going to go.
I have ideas of taking a tour on the road with all the non-profits that we’ve worked with in the past and maybe music is a little bit of a backseat. Really we have to focus on putting out the best possible tour for next summer.”
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?”
Have a listen to the full chat below: