Despite the general consensus, any plans for Vans Warped Tour Australia 2014 have been scratched. Promoter AJ Maddah confirmed the news via Twitter, saying only the US leg of the predominantly pop punk and hardcore festival would go ahead.
Replying with a frank “nope” to a Twitter follower’s question regarding whether the festival would return this year, Maddah commented earlier this year that the Vans Warped Tour had “a 50/50 chance of making a return in 2014.”
At the time, Maddah was awaiting the green light from Kevin Lyman. “What makes it tough is that Warped Europe is taking a year off and it becomes like herding cats” commented Maddah.
Just yesterday Vans Warped Tour promoter Kevin Lyman announced that the UK leg of the festival would not be going ahead in 2014. Offering an explanation via the festival’s official UK Twitter account, Lyman cited organiser’s inability to get a lineup together in time for 2014.
“Afraid it’s true. We are taking 2014 off as we couldn’t get a line up together U’d be happy with. We are working on being back in Europe 2015,” he Tweeted.
Organisers are working on getting the festival ready for fans in Europe next year. However, the future of Vans Warped Tour in Australia is still unknown.
Over the other side of the world, the US leg of the tour was in full swing this weekend, with a special set by Linkin Park. The band played an exclusive seven-song set to the pizza-eating, half pipe-skating pop punk punters, bringing special guests on stage to join them for each song, including A Day To Remember’s Jeremy Mckinnon, Finch’s Nate Barcalow and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key.
Last year’s Aussie leg of Vans Warped Tour played in November to December, and kicking off in Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds, the lineup boasted big names such as: The Offspring, Simple Plan, The Used, Parkway Drive, Newfound Glory, Reel Big Fish, We Came as Romans and many more.