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AP Tour History

//2007 AP Bands You Need To Know Tour//

In 2007, the AP Tour kicked off with a bang, featuring a stellar, if unlikely, lineup—Circa Survive, Cute Is What We Aim For, As Tall As Lions and Envy On The Coast. At the time, Anthony Green’s Saosin fame had followed him to Circa and grew into the cultish fanbase we know today. Following in the footsteps of Fall Out Boy and Paramore, CIWWAF were one of Fueled By Ramen’s hottest acts back then. “We were just four impressionable emo kids with straight hair and tight jeans when [we] were on the AP Tour back in 2007,” said guitarist Jeff Czum.

// 2008 AP Tour //

For its second act, the AP Tour went full-on punk-punk. All Time Low headlined, and, unknown to everyone at the time, would go on to become one of the biggest band’s in the scene. The Rocket Summer, the Matches and Forever The Sickest Kids backed them up, along with a surprising guest: Sonny Moore. Moore was going through his in-between stage—after leaving From First To Last but before becoming Skrillex—performing (and still singing) songs from his debut solo LP, Bells, which never saw the light of day. ATL’s Alex Gaskarth says, “I’ll never forget how such an eclectic group of artists came together and absolutely crushed a tour.”


// 2009 Spring Tour //

In 2009, 3OH!3 were on fire with smash singles like “Don’t Trust Me” and “Starstrukk,” so it only made sense that they’d lead the AP Tour to success. Backed up by the Maine, Family Force 5, Hit The Lights and A Rocket To The Moon, the group were poised for plenty of shenanigans. Sean Foreman recalls, “In the middle of Rocket To The Moon’s set, all the other bands walked onto the stage like zombies, then they laid down ‘dead’ across the stage.”


// 2009 Fall Ball //

The fall of 2009 featured what is undoubtedly one of the best AP Tour lineups of all time—The Academy Is..., Mayday Parade, Set Your Goals, You Me At Six and the Secret Handshake. Mayday Parade, who are headlining the 2015 AP Tour, had a great time, as the band’s own Jake Bundrick explains: “The 2009 AP Tour was a crazy time in our band's life. We learned so much from hanging with/watching the Academy Is... and Set Your Goals every night. Too many great people on one tour.”

// 2010 Spring Tour //

Never Shout Never’s Christofer drew recalls headlining the tour: "The Alternative Press tour was a really great time and we're glad to have been a part of it! Proud to say we headlined it in 2010 and had our longtime friends Hey Monday, the Cab, Every Avenue, and The Summer Set join us. I just remember they were some of the most amazing shows at great venues and we all partied pretty hard. I also recall wearing a fuzzy bear hat the entire tour, which got pretty gross by the end of it.  I had to throw it away rather than do anything else like give it to a fan, haha. Pretty Hippyish!"


// 2010 Fall Tour //

The fall 2010 AP Tour was a monster and the brand’s first journey into heavy music. Headliners Bring Me The Horizon and August Burns Red absolutely rocked the stage, backed up by the likes of Emarosa, Polar Bear Club and This Is Hell. ABR’s Brent Rambler recalls one stop on the tour in particular, Halloween night in Las Vegas. “Polar Bear Club dressed up like the cast of Dexter, and we proceeded to ‘kill’ Bring Me The Horizon’s tour manager by plastic-wrapping him to a drum case and rolling him out onto the stage.”

// 2011 Spring Tour //

Craig Owens recalls co-headlining the AP Tour, fronting Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows: “The AP Tour was our strongest united front. Every time the intro came on, the lights dropped and we started with “The Only Thing You Talk About,”—that was it. Those moments you can’t recreate. Every time we played that, it felt so euphoric. The band let loose and everybody had fun—including the crowd.” The band were complemented by Black Veil Brides, I See Stars, Versa Emerge and Conditions.


// 2011 Fall Tour //

Fall 2011 saw the AP Tour’s most straight-up “punk” lineup, with headliners Four Year Strong, who were just starting to blow up, and support from Gallows (as punk as it gets), newschoolers Title Fight, the Swellers (RIP) and Sharks.

// 2012 Fall Tour //

Miss May I’s Ryan Neff recalls headlining the tour: “Miss May I had the pleasure of headlining a very heavy version of the AP tour in 2012, with support from friends the Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, the Amity Affliction, and Glasscloud. Though we had a blast on the tour, it wouldn't be a Miss May I tour without loads of transportation issues. One morning we woke up after a great gig in St Louis and realized that the amount of production we brought weighed so much that the entire frame on the trailer snapped. Another day in NYC, a wheel flew off the trailer in traffic, and the ghost inside crammed all 12 of us in 1 sprinter van. We didn't miss a single show though, and ended the tour in our home state of OH at house of blues in front of all our families.”


// 2013 Fall Tour //

For the AP Tour’s first journey into Japan, we brought a monster lineup: The Used, Silverstein and natives Crossfaith.