Words & Photos by Herb Gonzalez
For the second year in a row, the Vans Warped Tour kickoff party was held at Full Sail University, located right outside of Orlando, Florida. The event had performances from Jule Vera, Microwave, Stacked Like Pancakes, Blessthefall, and Memphis May Fire.
In between sets, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman would take the stage to entertain the audience with guests speakers such as Lights, Jamie “Pushbutton” Muckinhaupt from Hatebreed, and Mike Peters from the Alarm. Between sets, they announced the official lineup of the tour stage by stage. He also made a quick statement about the leaking of the lineup. Rather than showing anger, Lyman forgave the person for their action and has taken the situation as a lesson.
All in all, it was a great night! Everyone had a fun time and the entire event ran smoothly without any hiccups. Looking forward to another summer on the road. The 2017 Vans Warped Tour will be hitting 41 cities starting in Seattle, WA on 6/16 and ending in Pomona, CA on 8/06. Pick up your tickets online or at your local Journeys!