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Vans Warped Tour heads to St. Pete

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The Vans Warped Tour will roll through St. Pete Friday featuring nonstop music starting at 11 a.m featuring punk, ska and rock bands from all over.

In all more than 100 bands will rock Vinoy Park in downtown St. Pete for the all-day music festival.

This year’s festival features bands like blessthefall, Motion City Soundtrack, Simple Plan, Black Veil Brides and Pierce the Veil.

There’s also entertainment outside of music including spoken word artists Jake Ducey and Trey the Ruler. A comedy tent will feature more than 10 comedians, including Chase Bernstein, Dave Ross and Eli Olsberg.

YouTube stars Bryan Stars, Damon Fizzy, Johnnie Guilbert and Jordan Sweeto will also be on hand.

There’s also an acoustic tent featuring unplugged bands like Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Grey Gordon, Meghann Wright, Macy Kate and Moose Blood.

Concertgoers are allowed to bring a small camera and one sealed water bottle into the venue. Chained wallets, alcohol, weapons, coolers, pets and umbrellas are not permitted.

Tickets are available in advance at Ticketmaster or at the box office the day of the concert. The city is encouraging people not to buy tickets from unapproved vendors in order to avoid scams.

Parking is available in the Sundial garage for $10 all day or in the Beach Dr. and Pelican parking lots located on the Pier approach for just $5.

Parking restrictions will be in effect near the concert venue along Fifth Avenue North between Bayshore Drive and into Vinoy Park.

Increased traffic is expected coming off the interstate into downtown St. Pete. The city is recommending drivers use Fourth Street as a detour to avoid possible congestion.

Expect some road closures around Vinoy Park.

The concert has made accommodations to ensure those attending are comfortable. Hydration and misting stations will be available to keep cool.

Parents chaperoning children can get in free. Each adult receives one complimentary ticket per minor ticket purchased. That applies to fans under the age of 18.

Chaperones can get away from the commotion if punk isn’t so much their thing at the “Reverse Daycare” tent. There, chaperones can enjoy cool drinks and family-friendly activities until 6 p.m.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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