[Logo photos from Warped Tour Wiki]
As it’s been sadly said, Warped Tour—the longest-running touring music festival in North America—is coming to an end after its 2018 cycle. For 24 summers, Kevin Lyman and co. have set up a small punk-rock town in a different city daily, showcasing the scene's most exciting bands alongside displays of skateboarding, comedy, clothing and nonprofits—a combination that’s changed over the tour’s varied two-decade tenure.
The final lineup announcement March 1 revealed many Warped Tour veterans are making guest appearances throughout this year’s cross-country run, which got us thinking: What bands have played Warped Tour the most? We decided to do some digging, crunch the numbers and figure it out. See the results of our labor below. (If you're curious how we did it, we even included a little methodology section at the bottom for your inner-nerd enjoyment.)
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Less Than Jake: 12 Warped Tours
A band who have truly seen every Warped Tour generation, Less Than Jake participated in 12 summers, dating back to 1997. The Florida natives played the tour consistently since then, owning a spot in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. In 2018, Less Than Jake aren’t playing the full summer, but they are making a few appearances in July and August. (In 2004, Less Than Jake didn’t play the tour, but they did perform at the 10th anniversary show after the last official date. If you think that counts, that's a whopping 13 Warped Tours.)
Simple Plan: 11 Warped Tours
Simple Plan, with their 11 appearances, take the coveted No. 2 spot in the list of bands who have played Warped Tour the most. The Canadian pop-punk delegation are about to celebrate their 20th year of existence, playing Warped every year between 1999 and 2005 and then again in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Plus, they’re giving the tour a whole-hearted goodbye with a full cross-country run in 2018.
Anti-Flag: 10 Warped Tours
Anti-Flag began their Warped domination in 1999. Over the past 20 years, they participated in another nine touring campaigns: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 through 2012 and, after a five-year break, again in 2017.
Motion City Soundtrack: Nine Warped Tours
Even though they called it quits in 2016, Motion City Soundtrack still had enough time to rack up nine Warped Tour appearances and land a spot on this list. They made appearances in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, and, lastly, 2015. We did a little more research and found that the band did in fact play a few of the shows in 2002.
Motionless In White: Nine Warped Tours
A staple in the newer class of Warped Tour veterans, Motionless In White made their first, one-day Warped Tour appearance Aug. 2, 2006 in Massachusetts. In a little more than 10 years, the band were able to accumulate another eight summers (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016), which will round out with this year’s entire cross-country run.
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