Summer 2018 Signifies the End of Warped Tour


Khushi Kadakia

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced to Twitter followers on Wednesday, Nov. 15 that Warped Tour’s 24th run next summer will be its last.

Lyman is ending the tour because he recently found it difficult to compete with other music festivals, according to He noted that ticket sales have declined and the average age demographic of the tour has jumped from 16 to 19 years old in the past few years. He also stated that he feels tired, since he has been on the road for the past 26 summers.

Many past attendees are sorry to say goodbye to the tour, such as junior Jackie Siminerio of Manalapan, who went to Warped Tour twice.

“Some bands I liked were Neck Deep, Tonight Alive, Real Friends… It was a good time. The crowds and the mosh pits get pretty intense, but it’s nice being around people who have the same interests as you… I was planning on going [next year] so that’s kind of upsetting to me,” Siminerio said.

Junior Amanda Lavery of Marlboro, on the other hand, attended Warped Tour four times and is happy that the tour is ending.

“I liked it more before… I was kind of bored of it. Personally, the artists I’m interested in, not as many have been playing Warped Tour recently,” Lavery said.  

Warped Tour has traveled across North America every summer since 1995, primarily  showcasing pop-punk, pop and rap artists and bands. It kickstarted the careers of musicians such as Katy Perry, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Blink-182.

Although 2018 will be the last year of Warped Tour, Lyman announced that there will be a commemoration for the tour’s 25th anniversary in 2019.

Musicians that got their start at Warped Tour will likely be re-invited for the tour’s final year.

Lavery plans on attending the tour’s last year, and she hopes for exactly that.

“Maybe because it’s the last year, they’ll have some better bands this time to celebrate… I don’t know yet, but we can hope,” Lavery said.