Here’s how bands, fans, and vans get from here to there at the country’s longest-running music festival.
The Vans-sponsored Warped Tour packs a lot of punch, ferrying anywhere from 60 to over 120 bands across as many as 60 U.S. cities each year. The only thing more impressive than the legendary lineup over the festival’s 21-year history is the fact that it exists at all; beneath the tour’s punk rock veneer lies a highly-tuned logistical ballet, held together by rigorous planning and sheer brute effort.
While fans flock to the Warped Tour to see their favorite bands perform live, immense gratitude must also be paid to the hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of workers, technicians, managers, and chefs who keep the machine running year after year. It takes rock-solid logistics to keep hard rock alive, and the Warped Tour provides a masterclass in the subject.