Warped Tour did start out as a pretty respectable punk festival (for example, the first year had Quicksand, CIV, Sick of It All, Seaweed, Tilt, Face to Face, and more), but recent years have seen it head in pretty indefensible directions. For each of the last few tours, we couldn't name you five bands worth seeing. To our surprise, there are actually a handful of bands we'd love to see that are playing Warped Tour 2017.

When the tour hits New York and New Jersey, it'll have GWAR, NYHC legends (and first-year Warped Tour alumni) Sick Of It All, the great crossover thrash revivalists Municipal Waste, '80s-era Welsh alt-rock/new wave band The Alarm, West Coast horror punks TSOL (the only band playing both Warped Tour and Coachella this year), Orange County punk legends Adolescents, feminist hardcore band War On Women (whose statement on why they're playing Warped Tour is very worth reading), reunited genre-defying heavy band Candiria, metalcore veterans Hatebreed, political pop punks (and creative Trump protestors) Anti-Flag, metallic skate punks Strung Out, Southern rock partiers Valient Thorr, and Fat Wreck Chords newcomers Bad Cop / Bad Cop.

Even if Emmure and Attila are playing in the same parking lot, that doesn't stop the above group of bands from sounding like a pretty damn fun way to spend a day. Especially if you could go for free: we're giving away tickets to the NY and NJ shows.

The tour hits Wantagh, NY on July 8 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre; and Holmdel, NJ on July 15 at PNC Bank Arts Center. We're giving away a pair of tickets to each of those shows.

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There is also a Camden, NJ stop of Warped Tour on July 7 at BB&T Pavilion (which we aren't giving away tickets for). You can buy tickets to all dates.

Some of Warped Tour's West Coast dates in June have Cali punk vets The Dickies, but unfortunately they won't be at any East Coast shows. Check out the full lineup and list of dates below.

Also, here's a little more on the bands we're excited for, and some of their music to stream:


GWAR are very sadly without the late Oderus Urungus, but their shows are still a bloody, super fun, and super topical time.



One of the defining bands of NYHC, Sick Of It All's live shows are still relentless and tight as fuck. Any chance to see this band in top form is worth taking, even if it means overhearing a Neck Deep set. (You can also see them at Punk Rock Bowling in NJ.)



Tony Foresta and Land Phil play New York a lot with Iron Reagan, but it's been a minute since they've brought Municipal Waste back through these parts. This is finally our chance to see their party-friendly thrash in person again.



Welsh new wave/alt-rock vets The Alarm started out in the early '80s on I.R.S. Records (the same label as R.E.M.), and they're still led by original vocalist Mike Peters. Around the time of Warped Tour, they've also got a NYC show.



Sort of the West Coast answer to the Misfits, TSOL helped define horror punk and their 1981 debut album Dance with Me is a true classic. While the 2017 target audience for Warped Tour and Coachella (which TSOL also played this year) may not care about TSOL, we still recommend them.



The SoCal punk sound is as influential as ever, and The Adolescents are one of the OGs. Their self-titled 1981 debut album is still one of the very best albums of its kind. From rippers like "I Hate Children" and "L.A. Girl" to the more experimental "Kids of the Black Hole," it touches on so many sounds that influenced bands for decades.



War On Women are one of the most modern bands on this list, but they are as uncompromising as most of the veterans. They play confrontational, abrasive, feminist hardcore, and their empowering live shows must be seen. "We feel like we’re in a unique position to infiltrate what could be a hostile environment," the band said, regarding their decision to play. Warped Tour has certainly gotten a fair share of criticism for being a hostile environment, and War On Women could be just the band to confront that environment head-on.



Veteran NYC band Candiria bridge the gaps between metal, punk, jazz, rap and more, and they're not just reunited but also have a new album out. You can hear their influence on anyone from Glassjaw to Between the Buried and Me, but no one does it quite like Candiria.



Hatebreed may not have the coolest reputation, but their hardcore roots are strong enough that Black N' Blue Bowl would book them, so that's cool enough for us. Revisit their early years if you're still not convinced.



Anti-Flag have now spent over two decades bringing genuine political anger into pop punk, and their message might be more necessary now than ever. They recently protested Trump by selling vinyl with burnt American flags pressed into it, and donating the money to an LGBTQ advocacy center.



Fat Wreck Chords vets Strung Out play poppy skate punk with metal riffs thrown in, and the mix is a pretty damn good time. They've been at it consistently since the early '90s, and have a new EP coming this year. (Note: they do not play the PNC Bank Arts Center stop of Warped Tour.)



Sometimes -- especially at a music festival -- you just want a good-time rock and roll band that don't take themselves too seriously. Valient Thorr are that band.



One of the newer bands on Fat Wreck Chords, California's Bad Cop / Bad Cop released their Fat Mike-produced debut LP in 2015 and the sound hearkens back to Fat's classic era. They're also a lyrically powerful band, whose songs fight the misogyny associated with certain Warped Tour bands.


Warped Tour 2017 Lineup & Dates
Attila (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
CKY (6/16-8/6)
Bowling for Soup (6/27-7/2, 7/26, 7/27, 7/29, 7/30)
Futuristic (6/16-6/23, 6/25-8/6)
Hawthorne Heights (6/16-8/6)
Never Shout Never (6/27-7/7)
I Prevail (6/16 – 8/6)
Julie Vera (6/16-8/6)
Watsky (6/17-7/14, 7/16-7/18, 7/20-7/21, 7/23-8/6)
New Years Day (6/16-8/6)
Sammy Adams (6/16-7/28, 8/1-8/6)

American Authors (6/16-7/19, 7/21-8/6)
Andy Black (6/16-8/6)
Beartooth (6/28-8/6)
Dance Gavin Dance (6/16-8/6)
Goldfinger (6/16-6/17, 8/4-8/6)
Hands Like Houses (6/16-8/6)
Memphis May Fire (6/16-8/6)
Neck Deep (6/16-8/6)
Our Last Night (6/16-8/6)
Streetlight Manifesto (6/24)
Save Ferris (6/21-8/1, 8/5)

The Acacia Strain (6/16-8/6)
Being as an Ocean (6/16-8/6)
Candiria (6/21-8/6)
Counterparts (6/16-8/6)
Fit for a King (6/16-8/6)
Hatebreed (6/21-8/6)
Silent Planet (6/16-8/6)
Stick to Your Guns (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sylar (6/16-8/6)

After the Burial (6/16-8/6)
Blessthefall (6/16-8/6)
Carnifex (6/16-8/6)
Emmure (6/16-8/6)
Gwar (6/16-8/6)
Hundredth (6/16-8/6)
Silverstein (6/16-8/6)
Sworn In (6/16-8/6)
Too Close to Touch (6/16-8/6)

Alestorm (6/21-8/6)
Bad See Rising (6/16-7/4)
Barb Wire Dolls (6/16-8/6)
Big D and the Kids Table (7/6-7/16)
Microwave (6/16-8/6)
Riverboat Gamblers (7/29 & 7/30)
Sonic Boom Six (6/16-8/6)
Stacked Like Pancakes (7/16-8/6)
Street Dogs (7/6-7/16)
Twilight Creeps (8/4-8/6)
War on Women (6/16-8/6)
The White Noise (6/16-8/6)
William Control (6/16-8/6)

The Adolescents (6/16-8/6)
The Alarm (7/7-7/16, 8/4-8/6)
Anti Flag (6/27-7/24)
The Ataris (6/16-8/1)
Bad Cop / Bad Cop (6/16-8/6)
The Dickies (6/16-6/22, 6/24 & 6/25)
Doll Skin (6/16-6/25)
Fire From the Gods (6/16-8/6)
Municipal Waste (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sick of It All (6/21-8/6)
Strung Out (6/16-7/11, 8/4-8/6)
Suicide Machines (7/18-7/21)
TSOL (7/22-8/6)
Valient Thorr (6/16-8/6)

Bad Omens (7/4-7/24)
Boston Manor (6/16-8/6)
Carousel Kings (6/16-7/5)
Courage My Love (6/16-8/6)
Creeper (6/16-8/6)
The Fantastic Plastics (6/16-7/2)
Farewell Winters (6/16-8/6)
Feeki (6/16-8/6)
The Gospel Youth (6/16-8/6)
Knocked Loose (6/16-8/6)
Movements (6/16-8/6)
Naked Walrus (6/23 & 6/24)
One Last Shot (7/7-7/10)
Playboy ManBaby (6/22-8/6)
Shattered Sun (7/26-8/6)
Separations (7/6-7/24)
Tillie (7/26-8/6)
Trophy Eyes (6/16-8/6)

06/16 – Seattle, Wash. – CenturyLink Field
06/17 – Salem, Ore. – Oregon State Fairgrounds
06/21 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Balloon Fiesta Park
06/22 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Fear Farm Festival Grounds
06/23 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
06/24 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Utah State Fair
06/25 – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center
06/27 – Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee State Fair
06/28 – Metairie, La. – Shrine On Airline
06/29 – Atlanta, Ga. – Lakewood Amphitheatre
06/30 – Orlando, Fla. – Tinker Field
07/01 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – Vinoy Waterfront Park
07/02 – West Palm Beach, Fla. – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
07/04 – Wilmington, N.C. – Legion Stadium
07/06 – Charlotte, N.C. – PNC Music Pavilion
07/07 – Camden, N.J. – BB&T Pavilion
07/08 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Northwell Health at Jones Beach
07/09 – Hartford, Conn. – XFINITY Theatre
07/10 – Scranton, Pa. – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
07/11 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/12 – Mansfield, Mass. – XFINITY Center
07/13 – Darien Center, N.Y. – Darien Lakes Amphitheater
07/14 – Burgettstown, Pa. – KeyBank Pavilion
07/15 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/16 – Columbia, Md. – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Blossom Music Center
07/19 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center
07/20 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
07/21 – Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
07/22 – Tinley Park, Ill. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/23 – Shakopee, Minn. – Canterbury Park
07/24 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Marcus Amphitheater
07/26 – Maryland Heights, Mo. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/27 – Bonner Springs, Kansas – Providence Amphitheater
07/28 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/29 – San Antonio, Texas – AT&T Center
07/30 – Houston, Texas – NRG Park
08/01 – Las Cruces, N.M. – New Mexico State Intramural Field
08/04 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/05 – San Diego, Calif. – Qualcomm Stadium
08/06 – Pomona, Calif. – Pomona Fairplex

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