MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) - The Van's Warped Tour is celebrating its 20th year.
The alternative and punk rock tour has been doing this for some time and the people in charge have learned a thing or two on dealing with heat, humidity, and keeping concert goers from passing out.
The gates opened Monday at 11 a.m. and this show will go on—heat or no heat—until 8 p.m.
Concert goers were smack dab in the middle of the midday sun. EMS crews were on standby for those who got too overheated as temperatures reached the mid 90s and the heat index made the high of 93 feel like 107.
For a tour that's seen everyone from Katy Perry to No Doubt, there's no question that folks came prepared to perspire.
“Yeah it’s been a little warm today,” says Kevin Lyman, Van's Warped Tour founder. “Seems like we had a break last year but these kids are all back to our normal St. Louis day, the hottest day of the summer or one of them. But the clouds are coming over and we have a lot of free water. We have a slip and slide and a lot of medical staff on site. Having all those extra parents and a lot of extra eyes on the show.”
The heat did not deter local band The Greater Good from their first time performance on the Warped Tour.
“It was the middle of the day, 12:30 and the sun was beating on us during sound check and everything,” said drummer Matt Sifford. “It’s the first time we ever played outside so it`s really hitting us hard but we stood out. We just put our heads in the cooler after the show and that was it.”
“Well, I went to Bonnaroo and that was four days of this. So I’m used to it. Yeah, this is a nothing day. You got your water and your paper fan and you’re good.
Two years ago the Vans Warped Tour initiated a policy to allow parents in for free, who are there accompanying their kids.
They have a tent and area called Reverse Day Care. A number of parents who were here as a chaperone for their concert-going kids, there to help remind them to drink some water and stay hydrated.