Vans Warped tour returning to Australia in December 2013

Blink 182’s set at the first stop on the Soundwave festival tour in Brisbane has come with an added bonus: The shock announcement that the Vans Warped tour will be returning to Australia in December 2013.

Soundwave boss AJ Maddah will team up with Warped founder Kevin Lyman to bring the festival back to Australia and has confirmed that the tour will travel to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and a couple of regional centres on the east coast. Perth will not be on the schedule. Although there are some similarities between Warped and Soundwave, Maddah says that the two festivals have different concepts: “Warped is about mayhem & DIY punk rock spirit [while] SW is about delivering a slick & orchestrated day of performances.” The Australian dates for Warped 2013 are expected to be announced in April or May.

While there’s no word yet on who will be making the journey to Australia for Warped later this year, the bill for the North American version of the festival could provide a few hints. The lineup which will tour America from June to August this year includes Reel Big Fish, The Used,Memphis May Fire, Black Veil Brides and Letlive plus many bands currently touring Australia with Soundwave including Bring Me the Horizon, Motion City Soundtrack, Amity Affliction, The Wonder Years and Sleeping With Sirens.

The Warped Tour began in 1995 and was one of the world’s first touring rock festivals. In January 1998 the tour visited Australia for the first time when Frontier Touring presented a lineup which included Pennywise, Frenzal Rhomb, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Porkers, 311, Blink 182, The Vandals, The Living End andBodyjar. The nine date tour of the east coast visited the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Ulladulla, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong.

The festival returned the following year with Pennywise, Frenzel Rhomb,Grinspoon, MxPx, The Porkers, Deftones, Unwritten Law, Front End Loader, Swingin Utters, Nancy Vandal, Hepcat, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Area 7 and more. Bad Religion and The Specials were also booked but were later replaced by Suicidal Tendencies and Less Than Jake.

Michael Chugg, who had worked on the tour while at Frontier Touring, also bought the tour to Australia with his own touring company in 2002 with a lineup that featured Pennywise, MxPx, The Vandals, New Found Glory, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Frenzal Rhomb, Eskimo Joe, 28 Days, Bodyjar, and Area 7.