It’s that time of year again when rockers brave the heat and swarm the Susquehanna Bank Center for the Camden, NJ date of the Vans Warped Tour. For the past 19 years, the skate brand has sponsored the multi-date tour bringing punk, metal, hardcore, alternative, hip-hop and pop artists to audiences nationwide. Doors open at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 11 (but the entry line typically forms prior).
Here’s just a taste of what’s going on during the sonic extravaganza.
Nearly 100 bands are set to make sweet sounds on Friday. Here are a few to check out. Also note that set times aren’t determined until the day of the show, but these are the stages that will host each performance. Check out the full lineup and show times at the main Vans Tent the day of the show.
Electric Soul Stage
Bowling For Soup
Four Year Strong
The Summer Set
We The Kings
Kia Soul Stage
Less Than Jake
Monster Energy Stage
Every Time I Die
The Word Alive
The Journeys Stage
Beebs and Her Moneymakers
Cute is What We Aim For
Saves The Day
The Ready Set
We Are The In Crowd
Hard Rock Kevin Says Stage
A Lot Like Birds
Icon For Hire
Ernie Ball Stage
A Skylit Drive
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Other fun info
Although there is no minimum age for the tour, Warped attendees under the age of 18 can bring one parent (or legal guardian over the age of 28) into the event for free. As an added perk for them, they can escape the heat in the “Reverse Daycare” tent (open until 6 p.m.) where they can escape the heat, enjoy the air conditioning and a cold beverage and other family-friendly activities. But parents who’d rather just play driver can drop off the kids at specific drop off and pick up spots.
The tour also aims to do some good. Skip the entry line by bringing three canned goods, a $5 donation or a used cell phone to the Feed Our Children NOW! tent (look for the “Skip the Line” flag) and you’ll be granted access into the venue quickly. Another initiative encouraging good character is a blood drive. The first 100 ticketholders to stop by the Music Saves Lives tent with proof that they’ve given blood (in the form of a voucher, photo or Smartphone badge) at an official Music Saves Lives location (the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Blood Bank is our area’s sponsored location) will get backstage access.
The sponsor and vendor area will be replete with free (and not-so-free) goodies and serve as where you’ll be able to meet your favorite bands—ask when/where/how many people since every signing is different.
Items allowed in the venue: Small book bag, point and shoot camera, sunscreen, a small snack, one sealed bottle of water, sharpie, cell phones, hats, plastic bags.
Items not allowed in the venue: Professional cameras, chains, alcohol, recording devices, weapons, illegal substances.
Items of note
Repeat after me: I will drink lots of water! Although you can only bring in one bottle of water, you can refill for free at numerous hydration stations, marked by a “WATER” banner. Bottled water will also be available for a lower price than previous years.
This should go without saying, but be sure to eat! Food will be supplied at various concession stands and if you bought your ticket via Ticketmaster you’re eligible to purchase a low-price meal voucher.
Take advantage of the shade tents and misting stations if you’re feeling hot, weary and in need of a break. It’s going to be another scorcher so definitely catch a wave on the venue’s slip and slide.
If you or your music-loving comrades are feeling the heat a little too much, don’t hesitate: get to the nearest First Aid tent quickly.
Bring cash. Some vendors don’t take plastic.