Vans Warped Tour, North America’s longest running annual touring festival celebrated a sweet sixteen anniversary this year. The punk rock extravaganza launched June 25, 2010 at Carson’s Home Depot Center. Forty-three stops across the country later, the tour culminated on Sunday, August 15 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, Oregon. 3OH!3, Andrew W.K., Dropkick Murphy’s, Mike Posner, Sum 41 and some of Orange County’s favorites- The Adolescents, Agent Orange, Fast Forward Romance, Longway, Manic Hispanic and Reel Big Fish- include just a few of the hundreds of bands on the 2010 lineup. I was lucky enough to catch two stops on the whirlwind tour – June 27 at Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park and August 11 at the Pomona Fairplex.
They say a picture's worth a thousand words; if that's the case, these ones are worth at least 6,000 words. Here are a selection of photos from my experience with this year's Tour:
[Vans music and marketing guru, Kurt Soto, representing the anarchy]
[Andrew W.K. and all his friends performing on the main stage at Pomona Fairplex]
[The AP Magazine family hanging tight]
[Tazy Phyllipz of The Ska Parade with Luke Allen, Producer of OC Music Awards]
[Kevin Scoles of Ernie Ball with Automatic Love Letter bassist Clint Fowler]
[Warped Tour 2010 fashion statements]
Thanks Warped Tour! Happy 16th and I'll see you next year!