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Warped Tour Not as Popular This Year

June 28, 2013

As the roar of Warped Tour dies out, New Mexico State University is crunching the final numbers.

With 7,662 people enjoying the day-long show, numbers were down significantly from previous years. Last year, 9,000 people attended the music fest.

"Attendance was down a little," said Scott Breckner, director of special events for New Mexico State University. "I think a little of that had to do with the weather, and it was held on a Wednesday."

Breckner said he's not sure if holding the show on a weekday plays into the lower numbers. Last year, Warped Tour was held on a Friday; however, in 2011 the show was held on a Wednesday and attendance reached 10,000.

The lineup of bands may have contributed to the lull in attendance as well.

"I think the lineup was pretty good," Breckner said. "I know Kevin (Lyman) wanted to add a couple more "heritage' acts."

Lyman is the founder and producer of Vans Warped Tour. "Heritage" acts refer to bands that had their big break on Warped Tour, gained in popularity and return to perform to help "balance the acts," said Breckner. Fall Out Boy and Paramore, are two examples.

"The band lineup wasn't really that good compared to previous years, and the heat was killer," Isaac Ramirez wrote in a Facebook post. "I still went, though, and had a good time. Just no big name bands that a lot of people know and want to hear."

The majority of posts echoed Ramirez's sentiment, while others cited the heat and lack

of shade as another factor.

"Too hot," wrote Jonna Irick. "(The tour) needs more shade for the people who go."

Although, N.M.SU Special Events is still working on finalizing numbers, Breckner estimates the cost to the university at $90,000; although, he's still optimistic that they'll bring in a profit. More than 300 NMSU and student employees worked the tour, through special events.

"Based on previous years, I think this was the most organized," Breckner said. "We were ahead of schedule on placement. Show went a little late, until 9 p.m., but they were still out of here between 12 and 1 a.m., off to Phoenix."

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