Need summer plans? Warped Tour 2012 is here


Yellowcard, established in 1997, is one of 108 bands that will be featured on this summer’s Warped Tour. Reprinted with permission from Brian Manley / Hopeless Records

Will Barnes
staff writer

When it’s hot outside, the best way to beat the heat is to the beat of the drum and this summer, Florida will be a hot spot for concert beats of all kinds.

As always, Vans, the skate shoe company, will host its annual summer concert festival Warped Tour. Warped Tour is a music extravaganza that showcases various punk, rock, alternative, ska and rap artists and has been  provided people of all ages a place to rock out since 1993.

This year’s festivities will be headlined by bands such as: The Used, Rise Against, Breathe Carolina, All Time Low, Streetlight Manifesto, You Me at Six, Sleeping With Sirens, Falling In Reverse and Taking Back Sunday. The tour will also feature Florida natives such as Yellowcard, Mayday Parade and We the Kings. If you aren’t big on “mainstream” bands, the tour also offers smaller stages that host up and coming bands that one day might headline the tour itself.

This year, “Warped”  will stop  at 41 different cities. If you are staying in Florida this July, you’re in luck. Warped Tour will stop three times in the Sunshine State at the  Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach and, closest to home, Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. If you will be  out of town while the show is in Florida, you can check the complete list of tour dates at vanswarpedtour.com/dates. If you don’t have the chance to go, don’t worry, Vans releases a compilation of songs from bands on tour every year on a CD or via download.

“(I’ve been to Warped Tour) once, and I liked it because it had one of my favorite bands in it,” Corey Cox, sophomore, said.

Although concerts are a popular choice for summer activities, you must be  careful. It’s already hot during the summer; throw in being crowded in a small area with sweaty fellow rockers you need to worry about more than the occasional crowd surfer or mosh pit. As with any summer activity, make sure to bring a lot of water to drink and dress appropriately. In other words,  it’s probably not a good idea to wear all black and skinny jeans, even if you are going to a grunge metal concert.

“Don’t wear open toe shoes. Drink water, crowd surf as many times as possible. Enjoy it,” Tiffany Valere, freshman, said.

If you are not into head banging, there are a plethora of other popular artists that will be in town this summer. Starting in June, you can catch Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Two Door Cinema Club, Bon Iver, Coldplay, One Direction, Ringo Starr and more! For more information and a full list of events this summer, go to http://www.floridaentertainmentscene.com/tampa/concerts.



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