Vans Warped Tour 2016 Salt Lake City wrap-up review
I’ll be the first to admit, as a ’90s pop-punk/alternative music fan who grew up with Warped Tour being on par with Burning Man as a yearly celebration of rebellion and expression, I was a little skeptical going into 2016’s festival after not attending in a few years. The last time I checked out Warped Tour, the only band I knew on the lineup was The Ataris, and I remember walking around somewhat overwhelmed by the tween punk crowd let loose. Call me a little cynical, but I was expecting a lot of the same this year, and I felt like maybe it was me who was getting “too old” for the whole scene. It was a strange feeling.
Fortunately, the appeal of some returning past-headliners who helped bring Warped Tour to life back in the day had me excited, and I was looking forward to seeing bands like Sum 41, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Atreyu, New Found Glory, and a few others. Open to wandering around and seeing what “the kids” were listening to these days as well, I went into Vans Warped Tour 2016 more optimistic about the festival than I have been in a while. Turns out, the scene is still strong and the fans just as rabid. Check out a few photos and read more about my experience at Warped Tour after the jump.