Slaves Issue Statement About Removal From Warped Tour

For anyone who attended the Vans Warped Tour during the past week, noticeably, there was a band missing from the line-up: Slaves.

The Jonny Craig-led group was quietly taken off the line-up and almost as fast as that hit the web, rumors began including the one in which the band was kicked off because they were caught selling drugs from their merchandise tent.

Turns out, the group was allegedly dismissed from the traveling rock show due to Craig harassing the band’s merchandise worker while drunk, which, reportedly, was in violation of their contract.

Instead of keeping the group on the tour, it was voted during the tour’s Town Hall Meeting that Craig and the rest of Slaves were to be removed from the remaining dates.

Slaves have now taken to the internet to issue a statement about their removal from Warped Tour.

“I’m going to keep this as short as i can, first i’m going to address the rumors that are NOT true.

There were NOT drugs involved nor was anyone in our band looking to buy, or sell drugs.

There was NO RAPE or any forceful sexual harassment, no woman was ever touched or even spoken to, just felt uncomfortable by our behavior.

We NEVER agreed to Warped Tour, Or to Colleen that we would not drink on this tour.

We did NOT empty our non existent sewage tank from our bus all over

Let me make it clear that we are not continuing Warped Tour because we were voted off because the opinions of certain people who believe that since Jonny drank, despite his success getting clean, will lead to his relapse.

This band has been under a microscope for everything we have done, we have had to bite our tongue for every completely twisted story that hits the internet, and are now being called rapists for something the internet doesn’t know about, all of this is because of what people have read about Jonny’s past instead of what people KNOW about who Jonny is.

We aren’t the people you have read about, if you would take the chance to get to know us you would see that every situation isn’t what you read of it online.

Our first merch person was a very attractive girl whom remains to be our very good friend. You can read her statement here: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn3q90

We stood by jonnys side the last year, we stood by his side last night and we will stand by his side this morning. because we KNOW the truth.

This is all we are going to say about this situation.

cheers”

Kevin Lyman Responds to Front Porch Step Performance

We’re pretty sure that at this point in time, everyone has heard that Front Porch Step (Jake Mcelfresh) was allowed to perform at the Acoustic Basement stage on the Vans Warped Tour in Nashville yesterday (July 1). This resulted in several artists dropping off the stage (Aaron West) and others telling attendees to stay clear from that stage during the set (Senses Fail).

Almost as quickly as it was revealed that he would be performing, the internet went crazy over his presence at the festival. Accusations began that it was all a stunt to sell more tickets to the show that day or it was the festival condoning the presence of an alleged pedophile at a show full of minors.

To say that Warped Tour concert-goers (or now former concert-goers?) were upset about the singer’s inclusion on the line-up would be one of the biggest understatements of the decade. We’ve read too many articles from writers giving their opinions about the situation in the last 24 hours.

Things definitely got heated with many commentators on those posts repeatedly calling Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman an “asshole” and telling him to “go fuck himself” and straight up telling him he needs to be “kicked out of the scene.”

Around the time that the video footage of Mcelfresh surfaced online, Lyman went to Alternative Press and spoke to them, exclusively, about letting Mcelfresh onto the Nashville line-up. We’re sure that just ignited people even more than before.

According to Lyman, it was part of Mcelfresh’s “therapy.” Lyman claims he spoke with Mcelfresh’s counselor who recommended that playing a set at the festival would help with the singer’s recovery.

“He was only supposed to be here long enough to play his show,” Lyman revealed to Alt Press.

“[But] the weather today has been putting us behind schedule. He wasn’t added to the tour, so those claims that he was ‘added to sell tickets’ are completely groundless.”

Lyman also pointed out that Mcelfresh still has not been formally charged with any misconduct, which led to him agreeing with the performance.

“If he was a legitimate danger to anyone, he simply would not have been here.”

We beg to differ and apparently the court of opinion has already ruled him as guilty.

Vans Warped Tour UK Announce 2015 Line-Up

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Warped Tour fans in the United Kingdom, the list of artists slated to perform at the 2015 Warped Tour UK have now been announced.

The UK incarnation of the North American based traveling festival will be co-headlined by Asking Alexandria (with their new singer) and Black Veil Brides; two bands who are also headlining this year’s Warped Tour. In addition to the co-headliners, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Forever Came Calling, Memphis May Fire, Metro Station, The Rocket Summer, and many more will also play the show slated to take place on Oct. 18 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The complete list of bands for the one-day show can be seen below, alphabetically.

Allusondrugs
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Attila
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Boy Jumps Ship
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Creeper
Fearless Vampire Killers
Forever Came Calling
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Ghost Town
In Hearts Wake
John Coffey
Memphis May Fire
Metro Station
Reel Big Fish
Roam
Rob Lynch
The One Hundred
The Rocket Summer
The Word Alive
Tigress
Trophy Eyes
Twin Wild
Young Guns

Warped Tour festival organizers revealed last month that they would taking the traveling show to the UK once again this year, but at the time of the revelation, the identity of the artists was being kept under wraps. Early bird tickets for the show went on sale last month.

Vans Warped Tour 2015 Stage Guide Unveiled

It’s starting to feel a lot like Vans Warped Tour season.

The official stage guide for the 2015 incarnation of the yearly tour has been unveiled. Not only does the stage guide give fans the chance to get familiar with the names of the stages for the punk rock summer camp, but they also get the chance to get acquainted with what stages will house their favorite acts this Summer.

Sadly, the stage guide is just that, a guide so no set times have been unveiled. Like Warped tradition, the set times will not be announced until the morning of each show.

Word to the wise, keep checking social media the day of your show for someone to hopefully post up a picture of the famous inflatable schedule. And if you happen to be one of the people who like to get there just as gates are opening, please be kind and upload those pictures. We appreciate it a lot.

Kevin Lyman Reveals Plan to Make Warped Tour a Safer Place

Kevin Lyman lays out his plans to make Warped Tour a safer place (Op-Ed)

Over the past couple of months, Vans Warped Tour head honcho Kevin Lyman has been under a lot of scrutiny follow a handful of sexual allegations against artists (and a YouTuber) he had tapped to play this year’s tour.

After trying to figure out ways to combat all the hate from fans, or former fans at this rate, of the festival, Lyman began to write a three-part Op-Ed for Alternative Press, addressing the issues.

In the most recent installation, in which he reveals he complete by-passed Op-Ed two, he revealed his plan which he hopes will help prevent all of these types of cases and make the scene a lot more safe for those underage fans attending.

Check out his five point plan below and if you want to help out in any way, shoot Lyman a tweet or something.

1. At this point we are reaching out to many organizations that focus on sexual abuse, cyberbullying, predator awareness and teen suicide to encourage them to come out to Warped Tour this summer. Pick up their information and put it in a safe place, use it if you ever need to.

2. I have started to speak to many artists, managers, labels and other people in our world about shooting a number of PSAs for a soon-to-be-named program. I will ask those who choose to participate to have them on a splash page for anyone trying to enter their sites. It may get repetitive, but at this point, it’s needed.

3. Being In A Band 101: We are not preparing our bands for this world. I am developing a course that any band or artist will be required to attend before they are put on a national tour. This course will be taught by professionals in the field of adolescent behavior, artists who have been there, have possibly had transgressions and how to avoid the mistakes they made, with the possibility that the “scared straight” approach will help with people entering our world. I will be speaking to people all summer to get them onboard. Hopefully, they will agree this course is as important as social media promotion 101—or some other things young bands have to learn.

4. In addition, I am going to reach out to YouTube, Twitter and the management companies who work with young personalities to implement this program in their worlds. At this point, the YouTubers are living in a fantasy world and are paid by these companies to pitch products. Many drop out of high school, gain the illusion of power and then when the real world comes into play, many have no ability on how to handle it.

5. I am looking for an organization or hotline to partner with in the future, one that will encourage you to contact them if you ever feel threatened by anyone within this world we live in. I speak to so many parents who have just given up monitoring or being involved with their kids and the internet, because you are smarter than all of us and we can’t keep up with technology. It is not that we don’t want to; our brains do not process things the way yours does. You can bypass any security setting if you choose, hack into sites, create phantom accounts and personalities. Most parents gave up trying to figure this out. You won: Now you just need to figure out how you can safely manage the online world you so easily navigate. Regardless if it’s online or the real world, there are truly sick people out there who know how to manipulate you and we hear about it everyday. Again, I implore you to be careful.

Vans Warped Tour UK Heading Back to London

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Vans Warped Tour fans who live across the pond, get ready because the traveling rock show will be heading that way this Fall.

It was announced earlier in the day that the 2015 Vans Warped Tour UK will be returning to Alexandra Palace in London on Oct.18.

As of now, the line-up for the one day event has not been revealed, but those interested in attending should keep an eye out on June 17, when the line-up will reportedly be released.

As the poster below shows, early bird tickets are currently available on the festival’s website.

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Vans Warped Tour Announce First Five Artists for 2015

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With the announcement that they will be giving fans the change to join the Vans Warped Tour fan club, which will give those who join the chance to get tickets and merchandise at discounted prices, the festival also revealed plans to unveil the first five artists of next years event.

Last year, the festival decided to unveil the names of the artists performing at the 2014 shows through their reality TV show on Fuse, Warped Roadies (every week five bands were announced during the show).

Last night, the festival announced the Neck Deep, Front Porch Step, Handguns, Palisades, and Kosha Dillz are just five of the musicians hitting the road in the Summer of 2015 for the annual traveling rock show.

As always, tour dates were announced months ago with pre-sale of the tickets beginning yesterday. For more information about the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, check out their website.

As for the line-up, we will be keeping the line-up up-to-date as they continue to release more names.