The final Vans Warped Tour is taking the Windy City by storm this Saturday. Over 50 bands will be infiltrating the near-Chicago suburb this weekend with loud music and bouts of nostalgia.
Warped Tour began in 1995, although it wasn’t just music. It included Skate competitions and even wrestling. The genres have changed quite significantly throughout the years. Bands such as Sublime, No Doubt, NOFX, Blink 182 and Reel Big Fish were some of the very first headliners, eventually evolving into Eminem and Katy Perry, and after that A Day to Remember and Bring Me the Horizon. The original genres of the Festival included Ska and Ska-Punk. Today the genres include anything from Hip-Hop to Metalcore and everything in between. Over the years, Warped Tour has traveled to many other countries such as Australia, Japan, and Europe. All these years of history are coming to an end, but not before gracing Illinois with one last hurrah.
Chicago is the birthplace of great music and several Warped Tour veterans. A few of these vets are on the last run of the tour. The Tinley Park tour stop is the hometown show for Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, Sleep On It, Mest, and Harm’s Way. Be sure to bless your ears with these classic Illinois noisemakers.
Several meaningful charities and non-profits will be working this weekend. Chicago’s own Hope For the Day, which focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education, is on Warped Tour. Other important non-profits to check out are To Write Love On Her Arms, STAPAW, MusiCares, and A Voice for the Innocent. Warped Tour would not be possible without its long list of sponsors. Journeys, Vans, Monster, and several other companies make this tour what it is. If you are heading out this weekend, be sure to thank the people working at these booths.
Warped Tour has been a staple in the alternative music community for almost 25 years. The tour ending is like losing a friend. For many, Warped Tour was one of the only places where they have truly belonged. One last time, let’s take over Tinley Park with our dirty Vans, tattoos, loud music, and endless good times.
Tinley Park tickets are going fast. If you want to go, now is your chance. Warped Tour makes it’s stop in Illinois on July 21. Hope to see you there!
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