Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman Considers Age Limit on 2016 Musicians & Crew
Warped Tour just wrapped its 2015 run, and founder/festival producer Kevin Lyman is considering a major change for next year. In a recent interview with The Stranger, Lyman brought up the idea of imposing age restrictions on Warped's artists and crew.
"Next year, we're going to have no kids on this tour," Lyman said when asked about plans for a safer tour. "It's going to be really tough if you want to be on this tour and are 21 and under. Whether it's the artist, crew… anyone."
But Lyman won't be enforcing the age limit on attendees. Earlier Tuesday (Aug. 11), he clarified the quote via Twitter:
Once again mis-quoted. said I would take a hard look and bands and crew being under 21 no age limit at the show.-- KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) August 11, 2015
Elsewhere in the interview, he announced that he is already planning for Warped 2016.
"There are things that need to be fixed," he said. "[The community] needs to fix what due process is, what judicial systems are, and [we] have to stop putting false information on the internet… Slow down the social media blur. None of you are retaining. People can't retain the name of a band and the song they play. Brains have turned into a spaghetti sieve, as I like to say, shit just flows through them all of the time. Nothing's sticking, except for a little bit of crust off of the sides. We're going to have to slow down technology. We have to slow it down, so it means something."
Lyman's comments on due process and social media could relate to a pair of notable incidents on the tour this year. Earlier this summer, Jake McElfresh, who performs as Front Porch Step, canceled a string of Warped Tour dates when allegations of sexual misconduct -- involving explicit messaging with underage girls -- surfaced. However, Lyman permitted him to perform an unpaid set at Warped's July 1 stop in Nashville.
Weeks later, the Sacramento, Calif., rock band Slaves was removed from Warped Tour on July 16 after singer Jonny Craig sexually harassed a merch girl. Lyman later reconsidered and left the dismissal up to a town hall vote, but the Warped community chose to uphold the decision.
Billboard has reached out to Lyman for further comment on his recent interview.