Still alive and kicking, the Vans Warped Tour is in its 16th year, and although it has diverged from its punk rock, D.I.Y., mid-90s roots into a commercial mega-festival, Warped still manages to pull thousands of excited teeny-bopping rebels and 'tween mall punks into its massive mosh pits and dusty free-for-alls.
Nampa is one of the last stops on this year's tour, and features Warped veterans Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag, Dropkick Murphys, Reel Big Fish and Sum 41. The tour also includes newer acts that the kids are raving about, such as Andrew W.K., AM Taxi, Attack Attack and You Me At Six. As always, there will be professional skaters and bikers busting out moves on the half pipe, and various bands, labels, political groups and clothing companies will set up shop around the premises, creating a flea-market-like atmosphere.
Since Warped Tour is many youngsters' first introduction to outdoor festivals, it's important to be prepared--one concert goer died in Kansas earlier this month, allegedly from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Warped attendees are allowed to bring in a water bottle, with multiple refilling stations located around the premises. If things get too hot, check in at a mist tent or shaded area. It's also a good idea to locate the first-aid tent and wear plenty of sun block. But most importantly, dive in the mosh pit and have some fun.