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Oh boy! Was Vans Warped Tour 2017 Kick-Off Party a rush, or was it a RUSH. We had metal bands, we had Ska bands, we had CIRCLE PITS. Yes, I said circle pits! This is the year of Vans Warped Tour going back to their roots. There are multiple bands coming back from the past to guide the bands of the future. With bands like Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights and GWAR leading bands like Bad Seed Rising, Trophy Eyes and Neck Deep. This is also the year of discovering new music, and supporting women in the music industry! There are multiple female bands on this tour (Barb Wire Dolls, Courage My Love, Jule Vera, New Years Day, Sarah and the Safe Word, Tillie, Save Ferris) just to name a few!
Jule Vera, Stacked Like Pancakes, Bless the Fall (and a short on-stage appearance by Lights and Rocket) and Memphis May Fire graced the Full Sail Live Venue. There was also a few special on stage guest; such as, Beebs from Beebs and Her Money Makers, Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Fronzilla of Attila.
Other changes this year include the Monster Energy Stage being called the Mutant Soda Stage and parents no longer being let in for free. Mutant Soda is a new super soda that Monster is going to unleash; as for the free parent admission no longer being honored, that is because people were taking advantage of the courtesy. However, the reverse day care tent will still be available for you parents to sit down in the AC and watch TV while you rock out to your favorite bands!
As always, there are going to be a large of array of non-profits joining Vans Warped Tour. Between set changes Kevin Lyman, the creator of Warped Tour and the host of last night's Kick-Off party, highlighted a few sponsors that I feel are worth mentioning. As per tradition every year, Warped Tour attendees bring canned food goods to Feed Our Children Now to support local food pantries in exchange for a skip the line pass. It is most vital that attendees support this cause this summer because it is projected that food pantries are going to need help this year more than ever. Another sponsor that I feel needs to be highlighted in MusiCares. MusiCares provides a safety net for music people in times of need. As a matter of fact, this organization helped the lead singer of Microwave, Nathan Hardy, who otherwise would not have been able to seek out medical help for his dislocated shoulder.
Vans Warped Tour is a place of education, philanthropy, music and community. This is not just a music festival. This is a lifestyle.
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