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WARPED TOUR To Call It Quits After 2018, Final Routing Announced

Kids just aren't coming out to show.

Kids just aren't coming out to show.

The summer touring rock festival will officially be a thing of the past after 2018. Warped Tour just announced that after 24 years, it's last year will be 2018.

Speaking to Billboard, founder Kevin Lyman blames a big dip in attendance and a lack of 14 – 17 year olds and overall casual fans in recent years as to why the tour can't risk moving forward after next year:

 "We were doing fine, but we had a pretty big dip last year. It was that younger end of the demo. It was an interesting tour — the bands didn’t feel the dip because the fans that were there were super engaged… Everyone’s lining up at 11 o’clock and they don’t want to miss a band. So that [younger] demo changed, but then I talked to people after the tour and bands did great on merchandise, they had great crowds — everyone had good crowds in front of the stage. But that casual fan that’s learning how to go to a music festival — they were not there last summer," explained Lyman. "It was a really great show, sponsors were happy, but our attendance was down. "

Lyman says the culture is changing and kids don't want to go out anymore:

You talk to people across the country and they say, “Yeah, my kids don’t want to go out anymore. They just stay in their room. They want to stay in their room and they want to watch Netflix.” So I think as an industry, we’re gonna be facing some big challenges. And then some people go, “Well, kids are into hip-hop right now.” And I go, “Well, the younger end of that is not going to shows.” But if we don’t get kids out of their rooms and going to shows, they’ll turn into 18-to-21-year-olds soon… If you don’t have the DNA of going to concerts by then, it just doesn’t become a part of your lifestyle.

Lyman notes that even though the tour won't continue in its current form, the Warped Tour brand will be alive in some manner in 2019, with previous teases of cruises, small runs in Mexico and perhaps elsewhere.

Lyman couldn't confirm any bands for the lineup, as he's still finalizing it and hopes to bring some names from the past for a last hurrah. But the routing is set. Here it is:

June 21 – Pomona, Calif.
June 22 – San Diego, Calif.
June 23 – Mountain View, Calif.
June 24 – Ventura, Calif.
June 26 – Phoneix, Ariz.
June 29 – Las Vegas, Nev.
June 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah
July 1 – Denver, Colo.
July 3 – St. Louis, Mo.
July 5 – Bonner Springs, Kan.
July 6 – Dallas, Texas
July 7 – San Antonio, Texas
July 8 – Houston, Texas
July 10 – Nashville, Tenn.
July 12 – Virginia Beach, Va.
July 13 – Camden, N.J.
July 14 – Holmdel, N.J.
July 15 – Hartford, Ct.
July 16 – Pittsburgh, Pa.
July 17 – Toronto, Ontario
July 18 – Cincinnati, Ohio
July 19 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
July 20 – Detroit, Mich.
July 21 – Chicago, Ill.
July 22 – Minneapolis, Minn.
July 23 – Milwaukee, Wis.
July 24 – Indianapolis, Ind.
July 25 – Darien Center, N.Y.
July 26 – Scranton, Pa.
July 27 – Mansfield, Mass.
July 28 – Wantagh, N.Y.
July 29 – Columbia, Md.
July 31 – Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 1 – Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 3 – Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 4 – Tampa, Fla.
Aug. 5 – West Palm Beach, Fla.

Have you gone to Warped Tour? What is your favorite Warped Tour memory?

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