After saying farewell to the long-standing summer touring festival in 2018, Warped Tour officially came to a close with a three-event anniversary run in 2019. But have we actually said goodbye to Warped Tour for good?
The tour’s founder Kevin Lyman is finally speaking out on whether or not he thinks the iconic summer festival could make a return in the future.
Since the final run of Warped Tour last year, Lyman has been dropping major hints about other festival plans. Earlier this year, he hinted that a Warped Tour replacement may be in the works. After a fellow emo kid expressed concern over what event is going to fill the Warped Tour-sized hole in our hearts, Lyman had a brief, and cryptic, response.
It might just be called something else.
— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) May 9, 2020
Now, due to the ongoing pandemic, it’s possible that some of Lyman’s plans have changed. However, he told All Punked Up in a recent interview that possible plans to bring Warped Tour back are still fresh in his mind. In fact, he’s already envisioned just what the tour may look like if it does make a comeback.
“You never want to say never, you know? I’ve got some ideas, but they may be more towards the charity side of stuff we were doing,” he says. “I did that big punk festival, the It’s Not Dead Punk Festival, out here that was super fun. You know, I don’t want to say never. You never want to. I think there may be a moment that [we] want to get a reunion together maybe on the cruise ship again or something. That was a lot of fun.”
Despite the potential future plans, Warped Tour fanatics probably shouldn’t hold their breath. Back in August, Lyman noted that it may be a while before the live industry as we know it returns back to normal.
Following the massive COVID-19 outbreak at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this summer, Lyman said that it’s these types of unsafe events that are further hurting the industry. According to the Washington Post, over 260,000 coronavirus cases have been linked back to the event.
This is one more reason we will not see shows in the near future, or any future if it keeps happening. Sets the whole business back every time it does. Every time this happens it messes it up for those who want to do it right. https://t.co/jxOKT1YDPG
— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) August 10, 2020
For now, it looks like Lyman is keeping the Warped Tour door open. Although he doesn’t reveal when the tour could make a return, there’s still hope that the punk rock-filled summers of our youth aren’t memories of the past just yet.
Elsewhere in the All Punked Up interview, Lyman opens up on how Warped Tour got its start, how he’s staying busy during the pandemic and what other projects he has in the works.
His full All Punked Up interview is available to stream below.
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