2017 Vans Warped Tour
The Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States. The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event.
Vans Warped Tour has features as many as 100 bands per show. Bands play for up to 30 minutes over approximately 10 different stages, with the most well-known bands generally playing between the alternating two main stages. Bands typically start at 11:00 am and end around 9:00 pm, with several bands playing at once. The individual band times and stages where each band plays are marked on a large inflatable blow-up board usually centered in the venue. The stages are set up in various locations around the venue to ensure no band's music is disrupted by the others.
In 2013, Kevin Lyman decided to allow parents free admission to the Warped Tour. Citing issues such as transportation problems for minors and the audience member demographic opening up to a younger crowd every year Lyman determined that parents accompanying their children would be allowed into the tour for free. Parents have their own adult day care. It is called Reverse Day Care. Grown-Ups can spend the day waiting for their children in the Reverse Day Care tent. There is ample seating and often fans or cooling devices to keep the parents occupied during the festival.