Is Vans Warped Tour The Modern Woodstock?

Is Vans Warped Tour The Modern Woodstock?

Warped Tour and Woodstock promote left-wing ideologies and the countercultures of their respective eras via music.

My favorite part of American History classes throughout high school and college were always learning about the 1960s and 1970s, particularly the classes where we discussed how counterculture (being defined as a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm) influenced our country. As an avid festival attendee and music lover, I always enjoyed learning about Woodstock, the hippies, and their place in my history textbook. For those of you that don't know, Woodstock took place over the three day period of August 15- August 18th in upstate New York in 1969.

More modernly, comes the annual touring festival- Vans Warped Tour, which was founded by Kevin Lyman in 1995, and has not missed a year since. Warped Tour holds the record for the world's longest continuously run travelling festival, at this year being its 22nd year.

Woodstock and Warped Tour have similarities, starting with the crowd that was in attendance at Woodstock, and the crowd that floods the gates of Warped Tour shows across the world.

Influential artists of the era such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead and The Who played over the three-days during which Woodstock took place. This time span was referred to as the "Three Days of Peace and Music," during which the worries of the festival goers were mitigated (at this time, America was at war with Vietnam). The people at Woodstock were a like-minded group individuals who share the same liberal, pacifist beliefs. Instead of vocalizing their political ideologies and protests of the war through violence, they accomplished it through art and music.

When Warped first began in '95, bands including Sublime, No Doubt, Quicksand, and Deftones were on the lineup, which drew in a crowd that reflected similar political and musical messages to those in attendance at Woodstock. Even in the years following, bands such as blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Eminem and A Day to Remember helped to contribute to Warped Tour's popularity. The whole 'punk' genre of music as a whole even came from the counterculture, which was the crowd that made up the attendance of Woodstock. Most bands- even on the current Warped lineup- are almost all exclusively left-wing liberals, and continue to make an influence on the audience of 2,000+ people that attend each stop on the tour.

Left-wing, progressive organizations continue to sponsor Warped Tour every year, usually having tents at the festival, giving out freebies such as bandannas or sunglasses just for visiting their tent and signing up for newsletters. Some of the sponsors of 2017 include PETA,To Write Love on Her Arms, FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), Feed Our Children Now, and Hope For the Day. You can find the whole list of sponsors here if you are interested in learning more.

I have been an avid attendee of Warped Tour since 2009, and have not missed a year to this day. Although the scene at Warped Tour has shifted even since I have started attending the festival, I will continue to support all of the bands that work so hard to keep the music from the punk scene alive, and the organizations that want to positively impact the world, one individual at a time. In my mind, there is no doubt that the headliners and attendees of Woodstock who are no longer with us today would have loved the passion and the culture that happens not just inside the gates of Warped Tour, but in this music scene as a whole. So what do you think- is Vans Warped Tour the spiritual successor to Woodstock? I think so.

For more of my experience at this year's Warped Tour, head over to my YouTube channel:

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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