"It was the last day of tour. I had just delt with some stuff, and this kid—sweet kid—had already written half of [his] story, he was just looking for a couple quotes to insert into it. And I said, ‘Man, I’m just gonna bring adults next summer out on tour. It would make my life a lot easier, in a sense.’ [Laughs.] And all of a sudden they inserted and added ‘under 21 is not gonna be allowed at Warped.’ Are you crazy?"
He went on in more detail:
"Warped has been about turning people on to music; getting them into festivals, getting them into a lifestyle that I think is [still] very, very good. The good doesn’t get highlighted like it should because we don’t run around and tout it. This music is good for people. [And] yes, it has saved people’s lives.”
Original Story (8/11): Bummer news for all you kids dreaming of working or playing Warped Tour! You might have to wait a bit longer. In a new interview from the Stranger with fest founder Kevin Lyman and Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen, Kev more than hints about impending age restrictions.
Fans will still be able to attend Warped, but if you want to rock the stage or dedicate your summer to production? You'll have to be 21 or older.
“Next year we're going to have no kids on this tour. It’s going to be really tough if you want to be on this tour and are 21 and under. Whether it's the artist, crew… anyone," Lyman tells the publication. To Nielsen, it's all about the kids,
"If kids like bands that talk about politics, if kids like bands that sound like this generation's watered down Limp Bizkit, that's what you're going to get. It's really up to the 15-year-old kid deciding. That's why Warped Tour's cool, that's why I hope it continues, and that's why I want it to continue, so that it gives the future generation the ability to look at what their culture is, and decide whether they like it, want to be a part of it, or even change it. This feel like the year that we're transitioning into something... else. I don't know what it is, because you never know what it is, but I feel like we're transitioning to something.”