Vans Warped Tour Kicks Off in California

For more than 20 long years, the Vans Warped Tour has been crisscrossing the country, bringing the hippest, newest rock acts to young fans. And in 2015 neither the skate brand nor the national music festival are showing any signs of slowing down.

On Friday, the tour begins its cross-country trek, starting with a day of concerts in Pomona, Calif. Among the artists on the bill are Blessthefall, a metalcore group from Phoenix; New Jersey’s hardcore band Senses Fail; Houston rapper Horst Christian Simco (aka Riff Raff); and Never Shout Never, an indie-rock group out of Missouri.

In addition, the festival, which has been both applauded and lambasted for its increasingly diverse lineup — you may recall Katy Perry had a showing there — has added comedy acts and some YouTube stars to the lineup. It’s also showing a little love to the older crowd, offering one complimentary ticket for a parent accompanying a minor under the age of 18.

Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour
CREDIT: courtesy of Vans

For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to hit up the Pomona Fairplex tomorrow, Vans is airing a live webcast on its website starting at 11 a.m. PST. But there will be plenty of chances to see all the action in person, too. In the rest of June, for instance, the Warped Tour will visit the following cities:

June 20 — Mountain View, Calif.
June 21 — Ventura, Calif.
June 23 — Mesa, Ariz.
June 24 ­ — Albuquerque, N.M.
June 25 — Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 26 — Houston
June 27 — Dallas
June 28 — San Antonio, Texas

Visit the Vans Warped Tour website for all the future dates for the summer. And check out other stories about Vans’ latest collaborations and design projects below:

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