Vans Warped Tour is currently facing a controversy after a mass casualty incident was declared following its show in Pennsylvania.
On Monday, several concertgoers collapsed from the heat. Officials confirmed that more than a dozen festival attendees were transported to a nearby facility due to heat-related conditions. Later on, everyone was declared to be in a stable condition.
KeyBank Pavilion officials said their on-site medical team is coordinating directly with the Washington County Emergency Services to make sure that everyone will receive the medical attention they need.
Responses To Mass Casualty Incident
Officials also said that they tried to make sure that such incidences will be avoided by installing misting and free water stations in its plazas. However, the temperatures went above 90 degrees on Monday.
Kyle Fletchers, a member of December's Tragedy, said that he could feel the scorching heat while he and his bandmates were performing on stage.
One of the attendees also said that she did not feel good because of the heat and the massive crowd. At one point, she thought she was also going to faint.
Jackie Weiss said that she received the ticket as a birthday present, but she decided not to finish the show because it was just too hot.
Vans Warped Tour History
The Vans Warped Tour is a traveling rock festival that has been going around the United States and Canada since 1995. It has been dubbed as the largest touring festival in the country, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America.
Skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans became the first main sponsor for the festival in 1996, so its official name became Vans Warped Tour. As of late, Vans has remained as the main sponsor of the festival, but other companies have also participated.
Last year, Kevin Lyman, the founder of Warped Tour, announced that this year's festival will be the final, full cross-country run. Next year, another tour will take place but to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Warped Tour.
On Wednesday, July 18, Vans Warped Tour will head to the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On Thursday, July 19, the rock festival will take the Riverbend Music Center stage in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This will be followed by a series of shows in Detroit, Michigan, Tinley Park, Illinois, Shakopee, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Darien Center, New York, and more.
Tickets for the shows are still available via the tour's official website.