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Warped Tour Looks Back to Its Beginnings in '95 for 2017 Lineup

Veteran post-hardcore act Hawthorne Heights will play the Dallas date of Warped Tour on July 28.
Veteran post-hardcore act Hawthorne Heights will play the Dallas date of Warped Tour on July 28. courtesy the artist
Last night, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman made a couple of big announcements about this year's edition of the traveling road show. In addition to revealing there will be a brand new Warped Tour cruise over Halloween weekend, he also shared dates and lineups for the 22nd summer festival. Warped Tour will hit Dallas' Starplex Pavilion on July 28, followed by dates in San Antonio and Houston.

This year's lineup is surprising in its diversity. Warped Tour has always showcased a variety of musical styles, but the last few years have seen a greater focus on new acts. This year, Lyman decided he wanted older bands to be better represented.

"This lineup is very reflective of where we started in 1995," Lyman said at the beginning of the announcement, which was live streamed on Warped Tour's website. Hardcore legends Sick of it All, punk pioneers TSOL, and pop-punk legends the Adolescents will be on most of the tour, including the Dallas stop. (Dallas-based Bowling for Soup will also join the tour, although they are not playing Starplex.)

Warped Tour was conceived as a way to bridge the worlds of extreme sports, like skateboarding and BMX riding, and punk rock, which serves as the perfect soundtrack to those sports. Although the sound of punk has continued to evolve rapidly since the '70s, one thing hasn't changed since '95: For teenagers, Warped Tour is still the place to be for at least one summer in their lives.

The 63 acts playing Starplex are:

After the Burial
American Authors
Andy Black
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Barb Wire Dolls
Being As An Ocean
Boston Manor
Courage My Love
Dance Gavin Dance
Farewell Winters
Fire From the Gods
Fit for a King
Hands Like Houses
Hawthorne Heights
I Prevail
Jule Vera
Knocked Loose
Memphis May Fire
Municipal Waste
Neck Deep
New Years Day
Our Last Night
Sammy Adams
Save Ferris
Sick Of It All
Silent Planet
Sonic Boom Six
Stacked Like Pancakes
Stick to Your Guns
Sworn In
The Acacia Strain
The Adolescents
The Ataris
The Gospel Youth
The White Noise
Too Close to Touch
Trophy Eyes
Valient Thorr
War on Women
William Control

The Vans Warped Tour, noon Friday, July 28, Starplex Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $42-$53 at livenation.com.
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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
Contact: Eric Grubbs