(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Silverstein lead singer Shane Told dives in to the crowd at the Vans Warped Tour at the Utah State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The tour will wrap up in 2018 after its 24th season on the road.
“We were doing fine, but we had a pretty big dip last year. It was that younger end of the demo,” Lyman told Billboard. “Everyone had good crowds in front of the stage. But that casual fan that’s learning how to go to a music festival — they were not there last summer. … It was a really great show, sponsors were happy, but our attendance was down.”
Punk stalwarts such as Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX became frequent featured performers. Other big-time bands such as Green Day, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Blink-182, Dropkick Murphys, The Descendents, Less Than Jake, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly and Anti-Flag also joined up, helping to bolster the tour.