The Van’s Warped Tour is the most successful and longest running traveling tour in America; filled with tons of bands, tents, and things to do.
We have been attending Warped Tour for five years and unfortunately couldn’t make it this year. However, we wanted to share our tips and experiences, and recommend a few bands and tents to check out this year!
Our first tip is to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door and network, and on top of that, it’s a lot of fun. You meet some great people and there are a lot of perks involved! Sierra has volunteered for Fueled by Ramen, and both of us have volunteered for American Rag. You should also look in to being a Warped Reporter! Lots of organizations and vendors look for volunteers each year. Head over to We Are The Kids! They post when vendors/organizations are looking for volunteers.
We asked a few of you to share your volunteer experiences as well. Bridgette has been going to Warped Tour for three years and has volunteered for To Write Love On Her Arms for two. Here’s what she had to say:
My Warped experience this year was probably the best because I got to volunteer for the second year in a row for To Write Love On Her Arms (twloha.com). Not only did I get to help spread awareness of what the organization is about, but I was able to see some of my favorite bands live (make sure to check out Set It Off and The Wonder Years!). I got to help sell merch, talk to fans of the organization, and meet so many good-hearted people. Volunteering at Warped Tour is very rewarding; you get to meet so many inspiring people and hear so many stories. Not to mention you get in for free! I definitely recommend volunteering if you have the chance because it honestly helped change my life; it was such an eye-opening experience. If you’re going to Warped this year, make sure to stop by the To Write Love On Her Arms tent and A Dream To Believe tent, which is another great organization. And most importantly…HAVE FUN!
You should also walk around and check out all the tents. There is something for everyone! Here are some tents and organizations to check out:
The best part about Warped Tour is discovering new music. If you have some free time, check out bands that you haven’t heard of before. You should also try to stop and listen to the bands promoting at the doors. You never know, you might find your new favorite band. Here are some bands we recommend watching:
And finally, be sure to arrive early! You never know who’s performing at what time and you don’t want to accidentally miss your favorite band.
We also asked you to share your tips! Sierra (Snomachine) sent us her Warped Tour recommendations. Sierra is attending her second Warped Tour this year in Dallas, TX. Here’s what she recommends:
- Bring a decent amount of cash, about $100
- Bring a small drawstring backpack
- Wear comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers
- Bring small snacks like granola bars or something healthy! They won’t let you take in a bottle of water with the cap on. They take it off and throw it away, so be sure to bring a lid or two in your pocket
- Pay $2-3 for the set times list. It’s better than just taking a picture or trying to find the inflatable
- Look at all the tents and merch tables, and find when signings are, you may need a wristband
Do you want to attend Warped this year but your parents don’t want to pay for a ticket or walk around? Your parents can always hang out at the Reverse Day Care tent, and this year Kevin Lyman has a special treat for all the parents (and for you)! Every day of the tour, parents get in for FREE as long as their children have a ticket.