Concert Reports


Vans Warped Tour 2016

08/07/2016, Pomona Fairplex

This year the Vans Warped tour came steamrolling through The Pomona Fairplex on August 7 and proved to be a bombastic way to heat up vacation as the tour Kevin Lyman started 22 years ago has become as much a Summer time tradition as Baseball, Hot Dogs and Sun Burns. America’s premiere music and lifestyle festival of the summer is now concluded for 2016 and has performed to record crowds during the day



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With a lineup that in many ways signals a return to the tour’s roots, the 22nd edition of Warped Tour welcomes back several fan favorites, including New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, We the Kings, Sleeping with Sirens, Falling in Reverse, Four Year Strong, Reel Big Fish, and Sum 41, to name a few.  


The new Monster Energy Party Zone presented festival-goers with two stages of heavy music from bands such as Motionless In White, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, The Color Morale, Chelsea Grin, and many more.  




In keeping with its longstanding tradition of bringing music fans the best of newer, up-and-coming acts, this year also included bands like State Champs, Like Pacific, In Hearts Wake, Capsize, and From Ashes to New, plus much more.  


The 41-date trek launched in Dallas, Texas on June 24 and concluded on August 13 in Portland, Oregon, stopping at The Pomona Fairplex on August 7


“Who would have thought that we would be still bringing you the Vans Warped Tour in 2016? Each year, I look forward to the summer and the chance to tour with so many old friends and hopefully some new ones,” says tour founder Kevin Lyman.  



Jim Estepa, president and CEO of Journeys, adds, “As our partnership with Vans Warped Tour grows, we are thrilled to make the jump forward to naming both of the main stages this summer. The visibility, brand growth, and full integration that we’ve been able to build into the program with the Warped team has been not only practically beneficial, but also an incredibly fun relationship to build. Over the years that we’ve worked together, we’ve grown our promotional presence, grown the offerings that we can make to our employees, grown our retail partnerships to include ticket sales in multiple markets, and now grown to be the name partners of the main stages. It feels like a natural next step for us, and we are excited to see what the future brings!”




Every summer, the VANS WARPED TOUR has consistently offered a wide-range of lifestyle attractions onsite for a traditionally low ticket price.


The 41-date VANS WARPED TOUR®–well established as America’s premier music and lifestyle festival tour of the summer–kicked off June 24 in Dallas, Texas and wraps up August 13 in Portland, Oregon. A music lover’s playground, the VANS WARPED TOUR has been breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995. The nationally-renowned touring festival is bringing their 22nd Anniversary to fans across the U.S. and Canada.



Vans Warped Tour is a platform for music, athletes and lifestyles to co-mingle and thrive in an atmosphere dedicated to music fans of punk, alternative, hip-hop, ska, pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, hardcore and more. Warped is also responsible for introducing music fans to such artists as No Doubt, A Day To Remember, Katy Perry, Blink 182, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, My Chemical Romance, Eminem and Fall Out Boy, among hundreds of others, as well as creating the blueprint for concert tour sponsorship integration that is now used throughout other tours today.  


Now entering its 22nd year, the Vans Warped Tour has become America's longest running touring festival concert tour and reaches more than 500,000 fans every summer.  


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