5 Warped Tour Newcomers You Need to Know Before This Summer

5 Warped Tour Newcomers You Need to Know Before This Summer

Written by Shannon Shumaker

The Vans Warped Tour is shaking things up more than ever this year, with a significantly heavier lineup and plenty of throwback artists from years past, such as CKY, Hatebreed, Bowling For Soup, Sick Of It All and more performing this summer. With an incredibly diverse lineup, it's no surprise that there are some hidden gems performing at the smaller stages of this year's tour, as well. Playing alongside Warped veterans (a few of which even performed on the festival 10 or more years ago) are also quite a few newbies.

Last year, we combed the Warped Tour lineup for some of the best new artists to check out over the summer, but this time around, we're digging a little deeper to shed some light on some of this year's Warped Tour newcomers. These five artists are sure to turn heads and break out on this summer's Warped Tour, but thankfully, you've still got some time to acquaint yourself with them!

Listen to the bands below, and let us know who you’re most excited to check out on this year’s Warped Tour in the comments! 


If you haven’t joined the Creeper Cult yet, now is the perfect time to get caught up! Not only did the band just wrap up a killer North American tour with Waterparks and Too Close To Touch, but they also just dropped their new album, Eternity, In Your Arms, giving you plenty of time to learn their material before they hop on Warped Tour all summer long. Creeper’s sound is a little hard to pinpoint - the first thing that comes to mind is a darker, more theatrical sounding Alkaline Trio at times - but that’s what is sure to make this group Warped Tour's 2017 breakout band. The UK punk band technically aren’t Warped newbies, as they did play Warped Tour UK back in 2015, but this year will mark their first outing on the massive North American tour. Mark my words, by the end of Warped, everyone will know their name. 


Playing the Full Sail stage (6/16-8/6)


Warped Tour is known for being the first to break many big female artists from Katy Perry back in 2008 and Paramore, who played the touring festival multiple times over the years to most recently PVRIS, who quickly went from playing the Ernie Ball stage in 2014 to the larger Journey’s stage the next year. One of this year’s artists to watch is definitely alternative pop singer Tillie, with a sugary sweet voice and sounds that’ll make you wish Warped Tour and summer were here already. Not only is this Tillie’s first Warped Tour, but it’s her first tour ever, and she’s sure to bring just the right amount of bright, poppy goodness to her run this summer.


Playing the Full Sail stage (7/26-8/6)


Movements have been making waves since the release of their debut EP, Outgrown Things in 2016, and within the last year have hit the road with Warped Tour alums Real Friends, Pierce The Veil and This Wild Life, touring practically non-stop with no plans to slow down before this summer. With a slightly darker emo/post-hardcore sound, emotional lyrics, and roots deep in the pop-punk and hardcore scene, Movements have crafted a sound entirely their own, and something that will certainly bridge the gap between the harder and poppier bands on this year’s Warped Tour. The diverse array of artists that Movements have played and toured with speaks to this, and if you need a little more convincing before seeing them at Warped, you can currently catch them out on the road with Senses Fail.


Playing the Full Sail stage (6/16-8/6)


Separations are another great group to bridge the gap between the metal and pop artists on this year’s Warped Tour. Similar to Warped alums, I See Stars, The Word Alive or even Secrets, Separations’ sound is driven by aggressive screams, hard-hitting guitar work and electronic murmurs, cut up and made incredibly unique by soaring, melodic clean vocals. The band’s lead single from their 2015 release, Dream Eater is the perfect taste test to really understand what they’re all about before you catch them on Warped this summer


Playing the Full Sail stage (7/6-7/24)

The Gospel Youth

Brighton’s The Gospel Youth are simply the definition of Warped Tour. When you think about spending all day in the hot summer sun at the iconic traveling festival, it’s impossible not to associate it with great pop-rock and pop-punk bands. Although the tour has arguably gotten quite a bit heavier over the years, there’s no denying it’s roots, and thankfully, they haven’t forgotten them either. The Gospel Youth are finally coming to the states, and are bringing with them your daily dose of melodic pop-rock with their emotional, smooth vocals, catchy guitar hooks and big, sing-along worthy choruses.


Playing the Full Sail stage (6/16-8/6)

Who are you excited to see this year? Let us know in the comments!

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