Vegas heat isn’t exactly forgiving, so the announcement that this year’s installment of the Warped Tour would take place June 30th on the sweltering blacktop parking lot of the Plaza Hotel was a bittersweet moment for fans of this year’s lineup, which includes Less Than Jake, Lucero, and Against Me!.
Adding insult to injury, the price of water at the traveling festival is notoriously high. Many have been critical of the tour’s exorbitant water prices, which are often out of the price range for the tour’s primarily younger audience. This criticism has been ramped up after the death of an attendee at the Bonner Springs, Kansas date was rumored to be caused by dehydration.
The Warped Tour and its founder Kevin Lyman offered their condolences after the incident, and have responded to the overall criticism by instituting some welcome changes this year. According to Property of Zach.com, Lyman announced at the Warped Tour’s kickoff party that the price of water will be dropped to $3 a bottle, compared $10 a bottle last year, and there will be refill stations for bottles purchased on Warped Tour grounds.
Food prices will also be lowered and patrons will have the ability to pre-purchase food vouchers for $8.50. In addition to providing some safeguards for the health and well-being of fans, these new policies will allow concert-goers to spend more of their hard-earned cash on merchandise which will more directly benefit the bands.
This year’s Vegas date is still going to be oppressively hot and with any event of this scale, accidents are likely to happen, but it’s good to know that some consideration has been made in order to keep attendees hydrated without breaking the bank.