The Van’s Warped Tour Rocks This Summer

The Van’s Warped Tour, a summer music fest filled to the brim with popular punk-pop and hardcore bands, has entered its 16th year in 2010 with much praise and applause. Kicking off on June 25 in California and going until August 15, the tour is making its way throughout the U.S. and hitting some stops in Canada.

Warped Tour has been known as the “go-to” tour for fans of all ages, promising relatively cheap ticket prices and a damned good time. Starting off back in 1994 as a punk-rock/SKA festival, the tour has been a staple for all summer tour fanatics and has seen its fair share of chart topping performers. Bands like My Chemical Romance, Blink 182, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, and Anti-Flag among many others have all toured on Warped Tour, and some bands still consider the tour as a stepping stone in their successful careers.

In recent years, Warped Tour started branching out into more and more popular genres, and now it is not too uncommon to see ska bands and post-hardcore bands sharing the same stage.  While some Warped Tour purists may say that the tour just isn’t the same, many music lovers are happy with the diversity within the lineups.

With more than 100 bands playing the tour—some playing the entire tour and some playing just a handful of dates—it might be a mess trying to figure out what bands should be on your must-see lists. Fear not! Here’s a compiled list of bands that are making huge splashes on Warped already and are guaranteed to put on an awesome set.

We Are The In Crowd
(Playing the entire tour)
Hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York, We Are The In Crowd has been building up some buzz ever since they were signed to Hopeless Records back in November of 2009. Fusing together an electro-pop sound with two lead vocalists, WATIC’s catchy songs like ‘For The Win’ and ‘Lights Out’ have garnered them a small but dedicated fan-base. In a tour that has its fair share of pop bands, We Are The In Crowd is slowly rising up to be one of the bests of their genre.

Four Year Strong
(Playing until 8/02)
Give a listen to any song from any of Four Year Strong’s three studio albums and you will instantly be pumped up and ready to take on any mosh pit in your way. Four Year Strong’s live set is a something any music fan will enjoy simply because of the energy this five-piece throws down. This energy is always reciprocated by the band’s huge audience, causing some of the biggest pits any concertgoer may experience. The band is poised to take Warped Tour 2010 by storm—and honestly, what is better than a storm filled with epic breakdowns played by a burly, bearded five-piece band from Massachusetts? Nothing.

The Pretty Reckless
(Playing the entire tour)
A punk band fronted by a 16 year old girl who is a regular on The CW’s Gossip Girl? Yeah, it may seem like a weird band to recommend, but The Pretty Reckless is a band any Warped Tour attendee should try to see. With frontwoman Taylor Momsen’s “let’s kick some ass and take names” attitude and the band’s very grunge sound, TPW is right at home on this year’s Warped Tour. If their self-titled debut EP is evidence to anything, it proves that the band has some promise.

Pierce The Veil
(Playing the entire tour)
Pierce The Veil is a hard band to describe—combining a post-hardcore sound with a few dabs of theatrical songwriting, the band’s debut album “A Flair for the Dramatic” gained the band some serious attention back in 2007. It’s share of frantic guitar work and amazing vocals provided by singer Vic Fuentes definitely grabs the listener’s attention while the great lyrical basis keeps their attention and rarely lets it go. The band’s live show is a treat, and with Warped Tour acting as their supporting tour for their newest album, “Selfish Machines,” Pierce The Veil is ready to give its fans a remarkable performance.

I See Stars
(Playing until 7/18)
I See Stars combines elements of a typical ‘screamo’ band with electronica elements, culminating in a sound that is both fun and crowd-pleasing. Although the band has not been in the ‘spotlight’ for too long, ISS has already proved that they can put on a really fun live set. Songs like ‘What This Means to Me” and their cover of The Outfield’s ‘Your Love’ are a treat to hear live. Check them out.

The best part of Warped Tour, however, is just to roam around and to check out bands you might not normally consider seeing. Make sure to check out some musicians that aren’t too familiar!

For more information on Warped Tour and to purchase tickets, head over to their website at

25 - Home Depot Center - Carson, CA
26 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA 

27 - Seaside Park - Ventura, CA  

29 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ  

30 - N.M.S.U. Practice Field - Las Cruces, NM

1 - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX 

2 - The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park - Houston, TX  
3 - Center - Dallas, TX

5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St.Louis, MO

6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Indianapolis, IN 
7 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA  
8 - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH 
9 - Arrow Hall - Toronto, ON  
10 - Parc Jean Drapeau - Montreal, QC  
11 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT  
13 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA 
14 - Darien Lake P.A.C. - Darien Center, NY  
15 - Toyota Pavilion - Scranton, PA  
16 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ  
17 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY  
18 - Monmouth Park Racetrack - Oceanport, NJ  
20 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD  
21 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Virginia Beach, VA  
22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Charlotte, NC  
23 - Vinoy Park - Petersburg, FL  
24 - Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL  
25 - Firestone Amphitheatre - Orlando, FL  
26 - Lakewood Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA  
28 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH  
29 - Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI  
30 - Comerica Park - Detroit, MI  
31 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL

1 - Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN  
2 - Sandstone Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, KS  
5 - Northlands Park - Edmonton, AB  
7 - Utah State Fairgrounds - Salt Lake City, UT  
8 - Invesco Field - Denver, CO  
10 - Cricket Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA  
11 - Pomona Fairplex - Pomona, CA  
12 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA  
13 - Idaho Center Amphitheatre - Nampa, ID  
14 - Gorge Amphitheater - George, WA 
15 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Hillsboro, OR