One of the America’s most notorious music festivals has been around for over twenty years and is starting to add more electronic dance music names than they have in the past. Known to many as the Vans Warped Tour, the music festival has always and continues to hold a history of bringing performances of rock, alternative, punk, and metal bands that dominate their outdoor stages all across America. From the names of icons such as Thirty Seconds To Mars, Blink-182, Deftones, and Fall Out Boy to fan favorites such as Avenged Sevenfold, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, and more, the tour calls rockers of all types and tastes to come out and jam to modern rock ‘n’ roll.
This year, however, a few electronic producers and DJs have appeared on the lineup for this year’s edition of the tour. The tour includes an interesting selection of artists from the electronic dance music realm such as Australian launchpad menace M4SONIC, Atlanta’s expert talent Le Castle Vania, Las Vegas feet-moving duo Black Boots, Headtron music crew’s finest ChrisB, and multi-genre super trio Splitbreed. Even rap star RiFF RAFF is performing and representing Mad Decent during his future touring with VWT. To put this in perspective, if electronic music is able to move into Vans Warped Tour, that means that EDM will be apart of the largest traveling music festival in the United States.
However, this has not been the first year Warped Tour has accepted DJs and electronic musicians to enter their prestigious festival. Last year, the tour had their very own Beatport Stage which held performances by the likes of NiT GriT, Antiserum, and Crizzly. With EDM’s foot in the door of the Vans Warped Tour sliding more open, the face of the festival might expand its market to various unknown possibilities.