Last year, the Vans Warped Tour started the Reverse Daycare Tent, in which parents could hang out in an air-conditioned tent with movies, and beverages while their 14 year olds watched the likes of Chunk!, No Captain Chunk!, Falling In Reverse and Four Year Strong. This year, the tour has taken it one step farther. Last Sunday in Portland, (one day after the tour launched in Seattle), the tour announced that all fathers could get in for free in honor of Father’s Day. The tour allowed one parent in if someone under 18 had bought a ticket. That was enough of a success that tour founder Kevin Lyman decided to extend it throughout the remainder of the tour.
“We’ve been noticing on our boards lots of fans without transportation,” explains tour founder Kevin Lyman. “We decided everyday for 2013 should be Mother’s and Father’s day, so we will celebrate by giving any parent who is bringing someone to the Warped Tour a ticket to enjoy the fun.”
So if you’re watching The Black Dahlia Murder or letlive. this year and you notice someone old next to you, it’s not a narc, it’s just a parent. At this point in time, the tour’s audience spans generations, and it’s not surprising that a 40-something ex punk rocker that settled down and popped out a kid or two might want to see Goldfinger or Bowling For Soup or whatever crap their kids are listening to these days.