Cries can be heard everywhere across the country as emo kids attend their last ever Vans Warped Tour this summer. That’s right, 2018 is the last year where the likes of classic and modern punk and pop-punk bands will share stages as they cross the United States. All good things must come to an end, right? Well if you’re going to do a final Warped Tour, you might as well do it right. Here are a few top bands you won’t want to miss on Warped Tour 2018.
1. Story of the Year – With iconic emo tracks like “Razorblades” and “Anthem of Our Dying Day,” this band has had their share of pop-punk bops. To see just a few of them live on stage would be any 2003 scene kid’s absolute delight.
2. Sum 41- Who hasn’t jammed out in their bedroom to “Fat Lip” just a little too loudly? Sum 41 proved that punk music could make it in the mainstream genre without compromising its style. It’s angry, it rocks, it’s a staple in the scene.
3. Simple Plan – Almost cheesy, high-strung emo music that relieved the souls of lonely and heartbroken kids will be performed on the Warped stage one last time this summer. This band captured the angst of being young, helpless and full of feelings so well in the early 2000’s and you better believe listeners are still here for it in 2018.
4. Taking Back Sunday – Fans better MakeDamnSure to catch these guys on Warped Tour. They delivered classics on every album since 2002 and still continue to bring the same energy to their music today. If “Cute Without the ‘E’” didn’t touch your emo soul back then, no band today will.
5. The Used – Last but certainly not least, must-see band on Warped Tour 2018 is another with a flair for the dramatic and an energy that will delight and haunt listeners to their very core. The Used has a way of writing songs at both ends of the spectrum, and everywhere in between. Listeners can rock out to heavily charged songs like “Pretty Handsome Awkward” or “The Bird and the Worm” and then instantly settle into softer, deceivingly optimistic tracks like “All That I’ve Got” and “Lunacy Fringe.” The Used does not just put on a concert when they play, they put on a show.
The lineup for the entire 2018 tour is probably the best it’s been in a long time. Warped Tour really did save the best for last. It’s a sad moment for emo, punk, pop-punk and 90’s-00’s kids everywhere, but what a way to go.