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Vans Warped Tour to end after 2018

Vans Warped Tour

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Vans Warped Tour, a concert that launched some of the biggest names in modern emo and pop-punk, is officially ending — at least, ending its current iteration as a cross-country tour — after its summer 2018 run.

Founder Kevin Lyman announced the news via a letter on the Warped Tour website, where he reminisced about the tour’s beginnings: “In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like [to] go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports,” he wrote. “With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you.”

He went on to shout-out bands who’ve defined Warped Tour over the years — Sum 41, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Blink-182. Even Katy Perry was a part of the lineup when she first started out.

“What has always made me proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice-T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise, and 7 Seconds,” Lyman wrote in his note.

Revisit EW’s 2015 feature detailing the wildest moments from 20 years of Warped from the people who were there, and then check out Lyman’s full announcement here.