Quit Complaining: Here Are 8 Old-School Bands Playing This Summer’s Vans Warped Tour That Will Totally Take You Back


Alright, you turds. We’ve read the tweets, we’ve seen the comments and now we’re ready to put you all in your place regarding this summer’s last ever cross-country Vans Warped Tour which is officially less than three weeks away.

For all those who think there aren’t enough old-school bands on this year’s bill, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. 

Whether you’re looking to relive the good ol’ days and bring back your Myspace top 8 or you just want to see some bands you haven’t seen in a pretty long time, these are the eight artists that NEED to be on your daily Warped Tour schedule. To check out our list, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to grab tickets to the final full cross country Vans Warped Tour here.

NOTE: We only included band’s playing most of the tour. So don’t give us shit about not including Underoath, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, Story Of The Year, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Bowling For Soup, Silverstein and more.  

Simple Plan

Simple Plan has played the Vans Warped Tour 11 different times. Think about that for a second. In the 19 years they’ve been a band, 11 of them included stops on Warped Tour. Still don’t think that’s crazy enough? Consider this: This is the 24th year of the Vans Warped Tour. Meaning, for all you non-math majors, Simple Plan has played almost 50% of all the Vans Warped Tours. Talk about Warped veterans.  

We The Kings

After exploding onto the scene back in 2007 with their breakout self-titled release, emo pop-rockers We The Kings will be bringing back memories of your middle school crush eleven years later with songs like “Secret Valentine,” “Skyway Avenue” and of course, “Check Yes Juliet.” 

Every Time I Die

If we had a dollar for every time we’ve been elbowed in the face during an Every Time I Die pit at the Vans Warped Tour, we’d be pretty close to paying off that nose surgery we got back in 2016 (don’t ask). In all seriousness though, Every Time I Die is the epitome of Warped Tour with their hard-working mentality, not-so-serious attitude, play-with-any-band mindset, and profound longevity.   

Senses Fail

Serving as one of the few remaining bands to survive the screamo boom of the mid-2000′s, Senses Fail’s stint on this year’s Vans Warped Tour should be a definite must-see. Playing tracks from their recent LP If There Is Light, It Will Find You all the way back to 2004′s Let It Unfold You, both you and your middle-school self will be ecstatic to see Buddy Nelson on the Warped stage one last time. 

The Maine

With their debut album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop barley turning 10 this summer, we understand its hard to consider The Maine “old-school.” However, when looking at their pop-punk contemporaries also playing Warped this year (State Champs, Real Friends, Waterparks, etc.) there’s no denying The Maine and their decade-long tenure have influenced a majority of them in one way or another.   

Reel Big Fish

Alright, there’s no debating Reel Big Fish’s Warped supremacy. With their very first Warped Tour dating back to 1997, Reel Big Fish is essentially one of two Warped ska bands (Less Than Jake being the other) to survive the ska-pocalypse of the late 2000′s. Aaron Barrett and co. are playing the entire tour this year and should be given a medal at the end of the summer.    

Mayday Parade

Okay, so we know what you’re thinking but hear us out. Similar to The Maine, Mayday Parade’s debut album has barely reached the decade mark. However, with their sixth full-length album on the way, these pop-rock vets have found a way to remain relevant while also making fans feel nostalgic every time they play the hits like “Jamie All Over” and “Miserable At Best.” 


Helping represent an entire era of the late 2000′s that saw things like crunkcore and shutter shade sunglasses exist (don’t act like you didn’t have a pair), if 3OH!3 doesn’t make you feel the least bit nostalgic, you’re most likely dead inside. For the lucky folk who get to see Sean Foreman and Nat Motte this summer, get ready to be teleported back to 2008.