Let’s be real, WE ALL went through that scene/emo/punk-rocker stage growing up as an adolescent. My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and All Time Low were a few of my faves. I remember being a young teen dreaming about going to Warped Tour. With that being said, I didn’t have a job yet and couldn’t convince my parents to let me go. By the time I was able to afford my own concert ticket, I had grown out of that (apparently it WAS a phase, mom) 😂and no longer desired to go to Warped anymore. Still, my heart broke a little bit when the Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, announced that this year would be the last year for Warped Tour💔 Declining ticket sales and fewer bands participating were a few of the reasons cited by Lyman. As much as I wanted to cry and bust out my studded belt and v necks, the millennial in me couldn’t help but wonder why Warped Tour didn’t just evolve….?
According to Forbes, in the United States, rock is no longer the dominant genre, it’s now R&B and hip-hop. With that being said, you can start to see why Warped Tour fell off. Although Warped Tour started out as an alternative rock festival, it could have easily evolved with the wave🌊 Lyman even mentioned himself how once, 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.” Now more than ever you can find many hip hop artists pulling inspiration from pop-punk, or grunge, or even emo. Artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler the Creator and XXXTentacion to name a few would have been great additions to lineup of upcoming Warped Tours. In all honesty, the emo-rap wave has so much more evolving to do, Warped Tour would have been set for at least another decade. Let’s take Lollapalooza for example: like Vans Warped tour, it started out as a scene for the alternative rocks kids, and then it evolved. Lolla did disappear for a few years in 1997 and then revamped in 2003, leading to the 2 day festival we all know and love since 2005. When Lolla revamped in ‘05, it was an alternative music festival with a hint of electronic and hippie jam bands, why you ask? Because the creators realized they needed to evolve to stay relevant, as with anything. Why are musical artists always reinventing themselves? It’s because fresh and change is the name of the game.
In my opinion, I feel as Lyman didn’t even try. There was so many solutions to saving Warped. Many of us may have grown out of the music it started with in the beginning, but that doesn’t mean we don’t hold the festival near and dear to our hearts. I’m sure if I saw a hip-hop act on the line-up, I’d be more inclined to buy a ticket and go. Like I said, I feel Lyman didn’t even try…but on the other end of things, I tried to put myself in his shoes. Before he started Warped, he worked with Lollapalooza, so this man has been doing festivals for an ample amount of time. Sitting on the outside looking in, Lyman was probably just tired. Plus there’s that saying… “all good things come to an end”, I guess nothing truly lasts forever and that means Wraped Tour too. Letting go is hard, and ultimately I’m more hurt that I never got to experience a Warped Tour, but we can all learn from this, as there is a lesson for everything: if there’s a concert or show or a festival you want to go to, then GO! Buy that ticket before you know who you’re going with, plan your outfit, have a blast, cause you never know when it’s going to end. I’m just Twerkita and that’s my opinion. Until next time, xoxo💋