“All things must come to an end,” announced today by founder Kevin Lyman on Warped Tour’s official website that 2018 will be its final time to hit the road.
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. 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.”
Although next year will be its last, Lyman also teased that there will be a celebration to “commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.”
The traveling festival has been touring annually each summer since 1995 in the United States and Canada. It later became known as “Vans Warped Tour” after the manufacturer of skateboarding shoes became the main sponsor in 1996.
The tour has since diversified into featuring acts of various genres beyond its original punk rock roots, and has seen performances from Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Blink-182, Paramore.
“I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour,” says Lyman.
2018 will bring Warped Tour to Camden, Hartford, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh.