Warped Tour 2009 announces dates & venues

Music News | Mar 25th, 2009

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The annual punk rock extravaganza The Vans Warped Tour celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and organizers are promising the most memorable jaunt yet for North America’s longest-running touring festival. The 46-date tour commences June 26 in Pomona, CA and finishes August 23 in Carson, CA.

The 2009 incarnation of the VANS Warped Tour–affectionately known as “punk rock summer camp”–will host a distinct and diverse lineup of the hottest artists on the scene, as well as a full concourse of lifestyle attractions and vendors. Even better, it all comes at a traditionally affordable ticket price. With a new website launching April 1, www.warpedtour.com, will be more interactive than ever. Visit the site for a full list of bands performing at each show and more.

Also starting April 1, fans can purchase their tickets early via the annual internet pre-sale on the website. Fan-friendly ticket prices remain a staple of the Vans Warped Tour. In order to keep the festival affordable for all concertgoers, presale prices are approximately $25. That exclusive pre-sale price gives fans a concert ticket, a copy of the Vans Warped Tour 2009 compilation CD (SideOneDummy), a 25-cent donation to the Camp Hollywood Heart* charity and all service fees. Fans who snag the limited number of presale tickets in each market will also qualify for a chance to win exclusive prizes like tickets to a Vans Warped Tour 15th Anniversary special event in Los Angeles this September. Meanwhile, the regular on-sale for all of the dates will start on April 18.

The much-lauded WARPED Old School Stage returns to some cities in 2009. Check www.warpedtour.com for details. There’s another change to the tour’s landscape this year–the tour will feature one main stage instead of two. This tour evolution will allow artists to give fans a full 40-minute set as opposed to 30-minutes in past years. Ten bands will rock the main stage at each date, and set changes will run like clockwork at only 20 minutes, encouraging fans to check out side stages as well.

Tour founder and producer Kevin Lyman comments, “We went to one main stage for a couple reasons. Many of these bands have been around for a long time and have lots of songs to choose from, so this year, instead of limiting them to five or six songs, they will have 40 minutes to play all your favorite songs from the past and a couple of new ones. This year’s lineup is a great mix of the old and the new and continues our attempt to keep the lineup as diverse as possible. Since times are tough, it was also important to me to figure out how to keep the ticket price low this year. This way we can accomplish that AND still put on an awesome show.”

Festival organizers made this traveling punk rock circus the summer’s best bang for your buck. Appealing to everyone from traditional punk fans to backpacking hip hop kids to metal heads, VANS Warped Tour has its finger on the pulse of the most fiery acts in absolutely each and every genre–from the brash gutter punk of Gallows and the Adicts to the epic art metal of Underoath and the street savvy rhymes of P.O.S. Check out the lineup below. List is subject to change and not all bands will perform at every day (check www.warpedtour.com for band listings by city).

Bands appearing on the tour:
A Day to Remember
A Rocket to the Moon
A Skylit Drive
Attack Attack!
Bad Religion
Big D and the Kids Table
Black Tide
Bouncing Souls
Breathe Carolina
Breathe Electric
Cash Cash
Channel 3
Dance Gavin Dance
Dear and the Headlights
Dirty Heads
Escape the Fate
Every Avenue
Flogging Molly
Forever the Sickest Kids
Hit the Lights
I Set My Friends on Fire
In This Moment
Ivy League
Jeffree Star
Less Than Jake
Madina Lake
Manic Hispanic
Meg & Dia
Punk Rock Karaoke
Runner Runner
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Senses Fail
Shooter Jennings
Sing it Loud
Streetlight Manifesto
The A.K.A.s
The Adicts
The Architects
The Ataris
The Devil Wears Prada
The Dickies
The Duane Peters Gunfight
The Exploited
The Goodnight Anthem
The Main
The White Tie Affair
There For Tomorrow
Therefore I Am
Total Chaos
UK Subs
Westbound Train

The dates & venues are as follows:

Fri 6/26 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 6/27 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
Sun 6/28 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Tue 6/30 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Wed 7/1 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
Thu 7/2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri 7/3 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park
Sun 7/5 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Tue 7/7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/8 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Thu 7/9 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/10 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/11 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/12 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Tue 7/14 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thu 7/16 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri 7/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/18 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/19 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/21 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 7/22 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/23 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/24 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sat 7/25 Miami, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/26 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Tue 7/28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 7/29 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/30 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Fri 7/31 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 8/1 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/2 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Mon 8/3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 8/4 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheatre
Fri 8/7 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/8 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/9 Denver, CO I’vesco Field
Wed 8/12 Calgary, AB Race City Speedway
Fri 8/14 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Sat 8/15 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 8/16 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
Wed 8/19 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thu 8/20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri 8/21 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 8/22 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Sun 8/23 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center


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