Vans Warped Tour, a multi-stage, multi-band touring festival that featured pop-punk, emo and more, will have its last full cross-country run in 2018. The tour was the longest-running touring music festival in North America.
The first Warped Tour kicked off in 1995 in Boise, Idaho. More than 11 million people have attended the tour since its inception.
Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman made a statement on the band's official website and Instagram about the tour's conclusion.
"The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019," Lyman wrote.
Lyman has participated in Lancaster's LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival as a panelist.
More than 1,700 bands and artists have performed at Vans Warped Tour. Among them are Green Day, Paramore, Eminem, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory.
Fans of Vans Warped Tour eulogized the event on Twitter.
Warped Tour is the place that gives us weirdos a home. Where we don't have to feel judged and can listen to the music we love. Sad to see it coming to an end.— Chris Ryan (@ChrisxRyan) November 16, 2017
Warped Tour will always be the most impactful music event in my life. Growing up it was my safe haven, in my career it connected us with an audience and in my personal life my wife and I️ met on VWT. Thank you @KevinLyman for including us and giving us all something so special.— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) November 15, 2017
Wow, this will be the last year..Warp tour was a place we could go and feel free to express ourselves with no judgment. A place where I grew up going to, a summer ritual. So sad to see it go but so thankful for the moments and strength music gave me.Goodbye #Warpedtour— Evangeline Demuro (@EvaDeMuro) November 16, 2017
Lyman's decision to allow anti-abortion advocates Rock for Life set up an informational tent at the tour caused controversy earlier this year.
Read Lyman's full statement regarding the final Vans Warped Tour here, and see the official Instagram post below.
FOREVER WARPED :: 2018 will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. We cannot thank you enough for making Warped Tour the highlight of your summer for the past 23 summers. For one final run - we will see you on the road and in the pit!⠀ ⠀ ℹ️ full statement at link in bio 📸 @ryanmichaelmendez ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #vanswarpedtour #warpedtour #foreverwarped