Vans Warped Tour to End After 2018 Run

Kevin Lyman, the founder of the Vans Warped Tour, announced today that the tour will come to a close after next year's run.

The annual traveling festival first launched in the summer of 1995, after Lyman had cut his teeth working for Lollapalooza. While commonly seen as primarily a punk and ska festival with deep roots in skating culture, the Warped Tour grew to include artists as diverse as Blink-182, Ice-T, NOFX, Katy Perry, No Doubt, and The Black Eyed Peas.

In a lengthy statement on the tour's website, Lyman reflected on the tour’s 22-year history stating:

"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."

The statement—which you can read in its entirety here—goes on to describe many of the acts who have participated in the event over the years and the strong sense of community that has grown around the tour.

The announcement, which only specifies the end of the “full cross-country run” leaves open the possibility that scaled-down Warped concerts or limited tours may yet take place in the future.

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