And now for what you’ve been waiting for… the first round of our PLAY Warped Tour winners!

After over 11,000 entries and months of voting, we are thrilled to present the first 15 winners (stay tuned to this blog for more winners announced next week). These bands will play the Vans Warped Tour mainstage in their respective cities and will be in the running to win our grand prize – $40,000+ in cash and prizes + a 3-song EP produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.

“Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands was a game-changer for me. That contest is the reason I was able to make the move from Nebraska to L.A. and start this 15 year odyssey of a career.” – James Valentine of Maroon 5

Listen to a Spotify playlist and learn a bit more about each one below. Previous participants in the contest, like PVRIS and James Valentine, have gone on to have massive success.  Pay attention to these bands now because they may be headlining someday!

newhaven – Euless, TX

Dallas, TX | Gexa Energy Pavilion | June 24


LifeLike – San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX / AT&T Center / Jun 25


Fear And Wonder – Houston, TX

Houston, TX | University of Houston |  June 26


Hey Thanks! – Lafayette, LA

New Orleans, LA | Mardi Gras World | June 27


Pick Your Poison – Owensboro, KY

Nashville, TN | Tennessee State Fairgrounds | June 29


Sleeping Bear – Woodstock, GA

Atlanta, GA | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood | June 30


Losing Teeth – Odessa, FL

St. Petersburg, FL | Vinoy Park | July 1


FELICITY – Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL | Tinker Field | July 2


Acaedia – Miami, FL

West Palm Beach, FL | Perfect Vodka Amphitheater | July 3


Pyro, Ohio – Christiansburg, VA

Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion | July 5


Noah Kenton – Manassas, VA

Virginia Beach, VA | Farm Bureau Live | July 6


Firestarter – Albany, NY

Syracuse, NY | Lakeview Amphitheater | July 7


My Life On Film – Tuckerton, NJ

Camden, NJ | BB&T Pavilion  July 8


This Is All Now – Rocky Point, NY

Wantagh, NY | Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre | July 9


Forget Tomorrow – Wolcott, CT

Hartford, CT | Xfinity Theatre | July 10


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