Though pop, hip-hop, and EDM have taken over world, the Vans Warped Tour is chugging into its 21st year. On Monday, the tour behemoth officially announced its lineup for 2016.
Pop-punk favorites New Found Glory, Less Than Jake and Mayday Parade will headline the tour. Rounding out the lineup will be 3Oh!3, Four Year Strong, Good Charlotte, We The Kings, Yellowcard and dozens more.
The list seems a bit on the “been there, done that” side. Perhaps being a veteran with 20 years of touring expertise has allowed Warped Tour to get a bit too comfortable. Past years seemed to encourage more music discovery, with a slightly wider smattering of genres and some pop culture heavy-hitters. Here are some of my favorite Warped Tour performers of the past:
- Foxy Shazam
- This Providence
This Providence may have only played at one tour in 2009, but, well, I was in their music video so I’m gonna make this all about me. Hint: I’m the blonde girl crying with the telephone.
Warped Tour could greatly benefit from adding some one-offs to their repertoire instead of mainly featuring bands that have played on the tour on and off for the last decade. Past years saw performances from everyone from Billy Idol and No Doubt to The Damned and Descendants.