The Vans Warped Tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary by bringing a stacked lineup to Jones Beach in Long Island, New York, according to a July 10 report from Newsday. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, located in Wantagh, plays host to the tour for the first time ever. Tickets are $39.50 and doors open at 11 a.m. for the July 12 show. The Vans Warped Tour came to Randall's Island for several years in the late-90s, before switching to Nassau Coliseum in 2006. Eight years later, the Vans Warped Tour starts fresh at Jones Beach.
After two decades on the road, this year's installment of the Warped Tour features a wide variety of acts from two generations of punk rock. Long gone are the days of the early-90s, when the Warped Tour would be loaded with aggressive skate punk and hardcore acts. In recent years, the tour has featured a much wider assortment of genres to give fans a little taste of everything. The 2014 installment of the tour is no different.
Over 90 acts are slated to perform at Jones Beach, including New York's own Bayside, a critically-acclaimed pop punk outlet. In addition to a full set by the band, Bayside singer Anthony Raneri will also be performing an intimate acoustic set on a side stage. Elsewhere, indie rap standout, K.Flay, will be playing a full set. Additionally, Bad Rabbits, The Protomen, Less Than Jake and Sleeper Agent are expected to make appearances.
For the older fans in attendance, ska-punk stalwarts, Less Than Jake, are set to rock on Long Island for the umpteenth time. Also, New Jersey's own Saves the Day will be performing in support of its new self-titled album. Saves the Day first played at the Vans Warped Tour in 2000, and now it returns 14 years later as one of the featured acts on the bill. Also on tap for the Long Island edition of the Vans Warped Tour, A Skylit Drive, Attila, Bowling for Soup and Cute is What We Aim For will be playing.
Set times will be announced on the day of the show. With weather expected to be mild, the hope is that the New York date of the tour won't have any heat wave complications that other recent shows have faced. The Vans Warped Tour remains popular even in its 20th year because the punk rock community sticks together, and the fans always come out to support the bands.