Vans Warped Tour 2008 Launches June 20; Kick-Off Party Confirmed for 4/11 at The Key Club in West Hollywood, CA

The 46-date VANS WARPED TOUR® 2008 Presented By AT&T kicks off June 20 in Pomona, CA and wraps August 17 in Los Angeles, CA.  For a full list of tour dates and venues for North America’s longest-running touring festival, go to  The traveling punk rock summer camp features a diverse array of artists as well as a variety of lifestyle attractions for a traditionally low ticket price.  

The annual early Internet ticket pre-sale is on now. Pre-sale prices range from $27-$28.50 and include a concert ticket and a copy of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 compilation CD (SideOneDummy), a 25 cent donation to the Camp Hollywood Heart* charity and all service fees. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for each market via Those who purchase pre-sale tickets qualify to potentially win exclusive prizes like “jump-the-line” passes and a trip to the show of their choice complete with VIP passes.

In other news, while tour dates and various bands for the 14th annual trek have been revealed on the tour’s website in recent weeks, a more complete list is now available. Please see below and stay tuned to for the most current information. This list is subject to change and not all bands will perform on the entire tour.

A Day to Remember
Against Me!
All That Remains
All Time Low
Angels and Airwaves
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Automatic Love Letter
Beat Union
Bedouin Soundclash
Between the Trees
Bouncing Souls
Bring Me the Horizon
Broadway Calls
Charlotte Sometimes
Cinematic Sunrise
Classic Crime
Cobra Starship
Danger Radio
Dr. Manhattan
Evergreen Terrace
Every Avenue
Everytime I Die
Family Force 5
Forever the Sickest Kids
Four Year Strong
From First to Last
Greeley Estates
Gym Class Heroes
Jack's Mannequin
Just Surrender
Katy Perry
Madina Lake
Mayday Parade
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
MC Chris
Norma Jean
Pierce the Veil
Protest the Hero
Reel Big Fish
Relient K
Rise Against
Say Anything
Set Your Goals
Sick City
Sky Eats Airplane
Stick to Your Guns
Story of the Year
Street Dogs
The Academy Is...
The All-American Rejects
The Audition
The Briggs
The Bronx
The Color Fred
The Devil Wears Prada
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Fabulous Rudies
The Higher
The Human Abstract
The Lordz
The Maine
The Morning Light
The Pink Spiders
The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Secret Handshake
The Vandals
We the Kings

The VANS WARPED TOUR has also revealed the date and line-up for the annual tour kick-off party. The event will be held Friday, April 11 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA and will feature performances by Broadway Calls, 3OH!3, Beat Union, Katy Perry and The Aggrolites. Tickets are now on sale for $10 via and at The Key Club box office.

In other news, the tour will continue to implement and develop its “Warped Eco Initiatives” (WEI), including: biodiesel fuel for touring trucks and buses, environmentally friendly catering for bands and crew courtesy of Tada Catering and a solar-powered sound system on the Kevin Says Stage. WARPED will also again team with Philippe Cousteau’s environmental organization Earth Echo International to develop environmentally-friendly programs that create awareness through action, and to publicize these initiatives to fans. VANS WARPED TOUR strives to develop multiple ways to help the environment and create awareness through action.

As a testament to the tour’s accomplishments, here’s a sample of some of the critical acclaim the VANS WARPED TOUR received in 2007:

“…the annual tour that sets the agenda for mainstream punk…”
--Kelefa Sanneh, New York Times, August 6, 2007

“…a range of bands and sounds that reach beyond the straight-ahead punk ethos.”
--Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2007

"…venerable punk-‘n-stuff-fest…”
--Rolling Stone, June 14, 2007

“…the Vans Warped Tour is an example of how to stage a music festival correctly…”
--John Wenzel, Denver Post, July 10, 2007

“…a summer ritual in itself.”
--Brett Milano, Boston Phoenix, June 11, 2007

“…a blessed rite of passage for North American youth.”
--Dave Segal, OC Weekly, June 7, 2007

“Long live the Warped Tour. From a cultural perspective, the world’s longest running package tour is directly responsible for taking an underground music scene and turning it into a top concert draw.”
--Chris Jay, Ventura County Reporter, June 28, 2007

“The longer the Warped Tour goes on, the more it seems like a brilliant idea.”
--Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News, July 9, 2007

“…this summer festival has become one of the best concert values where you can discover new bands and see old favorites all in the same day. And with extreme sports and interactive sponsor tents, there have always been plenty of alternatives to the ultraviolet rays and high-decibel sounds.”
--Jonathan Williams, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 12, 2007

“Here at the Warped Tour we parents are welcomed, not treated like interlopers bent on spying on our children (though we do) or feeling young enough again to rock (though we are).”
-- Joline Gutierrez Krueger, Albuquerque Tribune, July 13, 2007

”… it has become one of the main vehicles for and outlets of the punk-rock/skateboarding community… The tour also has a history of championing social and environmental causes…”
--Travis Atria, Gainesville Sun, July 19, 2007

“…Warped is more than music. It's a rite of passage…”
--Sean Daly, St. Petersburg Times, July 19, 2007

“…the must-see event of the summer.”
--Diane Toroian Keaggy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 15, 2007

“…a punk-rock Disneyland, with so much to do that visitors had two options: establish a plan and pace themselves or simply enjoy the ride moment to moment…”
--Marc Hirsch, Boston Globe, August 11, 2007

“…one of the most successful, time-tested brands on the musical landscape…the Warped Tour has been a constant, weathering musical scenes and trends by sticking to its do-it-yourself ethos and keeping its ticket prices low enough that any burgeoning punk rocker with a paper route could afford to attend.”
--Adam Graham, Detroit News, July 26, 2007

“…offers a combination of entertainment and education...”
--Jeffrey Todd, Toronto Star, July 28, 2007

“On a dollars-per-band basis, the Warped Tour can't be beat…Band/fan interaction reigns supreme…”
--Curt Shulz, Portland Oregonian, August 17, 2007

“…over the past decade the tour has…broken everyone from Eminem to Papa Roach to Paramore.”
--Jonah Bayer, Riverfront Times, August 8, 2007

The Vans Warped Tour® is made possible through the support of Vans®, presenting sponsor AT&T, and supporting sponsors such as: Kia Motors, Fuse,, Monster Energy, Lost,, Hurley, Skullcandy, Lucky 13 Clothing, Music Saves Lives, xBox, Ernie Ball, Trojan, Alternative Press, Guitar Center, Hasbro, NAMM, Sugar Hooker Entertainment, Sonic Bids, Sabian, Smartpunk, Circuit City, Skelanimals, Zildjian, Shirts for a Cure Project, West 49 (Canada only) and many others.

* Camp Hollywood Heart ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities through a summer camping program for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.