Hootie & The Blowfish announced a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as they set out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with support from special guests Barenaked Ladies. The tour will appear at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana on Saturday, August 17, 2019 as part of the Coors Light Concert Series. Tickets can be purchased here.Read More
Warped Tour was created in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. It is the largest and longest running touring music festival in North America. Warped Tour has always featured a diverse range of artists. Touring across the country for the last 24 years and expanding into previously putting on shows in Australia, UK, and Canada.
It was announced late last week but after 24 years of touring the country the 2018 vans warped tour would be the last full country run of the festival. Kevin Lyman sited a few reasons for the decision. Increased cost of bands, increased cost of travel expenses, and even a shift in the demographic age of attendees.
I personally have attended work to her every year since 2002. 15 years of attending this festival, some years multiple dates. I’ve been just an audience member, I’ve worked with vendors on different dates for a couple years, and I’ve done press for the last eight years running. Through this time I met some incredible friends, worked with some incredible organization’s, and had conversations with musicians and artists that have impacted my life.
I've worked with a lot of bands that shaped who I am now. I've had talks with some of the most humble down to earth people. I've been able to see artists that nobody really knew grow and become household names. I've talked to artists that went on to perform on The Voice.
Warped Tour will always hold a special spot in my heart. It helped me escape some rough times in my life. It helped me find people with a similar story. It allowed me to pursue my passion in the music industry. It gave me a safe space, where I knew it was ok to not be ok. Most of all it gave me resources for my bad days, friendships to lean on, and opened my eyes to see life is worth living.
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank Kevin Lyman and the entire Warped Tour family for the community that you created and giving so many people the things they needed most.
News broke about the passing of an icon. Someone who positively impacted everyone they were ever in contact with. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found to of hung himself. "Artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless."-- Hayley Williams of Paramore.
There is so much about this that doesn't feel real, and needs to be talked about. Chester was always someone who talked about reaching out when you need help. He was always there for those around him. The music that he helped to create has influenced, and it impacted so many lives. He battled mental health problems such as depression and being abused for so long. I won't damn him I won't speak negatively about him or the choice he made. None of us know the battles he was fighting, none of us can even pretend to know what was going on in his head.
Mental health needs to be talked about. Depression needs to be talked about. Our society has put such a stigma around mental health, depression, and suicide that so many people are afraid to ask for the help that they need, or the help that they want. We as a society need to be more open about our communication regarding mental health. The truth is that everyone is battling issues that many of us have no idea about. But we need to be able to talk about these things. It's OK to not be OK.
You are not alone. Others have fought the same battles. You are more important than you know. You are not replaceable. Whether you realize it or not your life impacts others.
There are some amazing organizations out there to help you figure out what you're going through, to walk you through your problems, to listen without judging. Below are a few of the organizations that we have worked with and believe in the work that they do.
To Write Love On Her Arms- They have been helping people deal with depression, self harm, addiction, and suicide for more than a decade. They have a list of phone numbers to call or text depending on your battle. And they've even made a database of help facilities. Check them out. https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/
HeartSupport- Founded by August Burns Red frontman Jake Luhrs. They are working towards providing a community that is a safe space. A place where you can talk about your problems and not be scared. http://heartsupport.com/about/#story
Hope For The Day- They are working on getting more open communication flowing around mental health. They are working towards getting rid of the stigma about mental health. http://www.hftd.org/
Remember. It's ok to not be ok. It's fine not being fine. You are not alone. There is help. There is light in the darkness. And you're story could save someone else.