Alt Rock Paradise

June 12, 2015
AP Music Awards

Cleveland To Host Alt Rock Weekend: AP Music Awards & Warped Tour

"Say it ain't so a-woah-woah. My love is a life-taker."

Sound familiar?

"I wish that I could be like the cool kids, 'cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in. I wish that I could be like the cool kids, like the cool kids."

Story of your youth?

For alt rock lovers, these lyrics are engrained in their ethos, as is the bands' music, which you can find jammed in their MP3 players. Uncut, unreleased versions of the music are traded like old-school baseball cards and editions of the Alternative Press are kept in collections rivaling 90s versions of Beanie Babies.

On July 22 - 23, Cleveland becomes the Mecca of alternative rock with two major events including the Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) on July 22 and the Vans Warped Tour on July 23.

Basically, it's every alt rocker's paradise.

AP Music Awards: July 22

Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Echosmith, The Madden Brothers, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and others. These are just a few of the names that are gracing the live stage at Quicken Loans Arena during the second annual AP Music Awards on July 22.

The event, which is expected to draw hundreds of alt rock fans from around the globe, is put on by the magazine Alternative Press, which is headquartered in Cleveland. So, it only makes sense that this music awards show is held right here in C-Town.

The show, hosted by Alex & Jack of the band All Time Low, will include awards for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Live Band, Breakthrough Band, Best International Band, Best Underground Band, Most Dedicated Fans and individual awards for Best Vocalist, Bassist, Guitarist, Drummer and Philanthropic Artist. Check out the nominees and cast your fan vote here.

"I'm really looking forward to the special moments that come out of these on-stage experiences between bands, as well as some of the speeches that are given," said Mike Shea, CEO and Publisher of the AP. "I'm also looking forward to having the whole alt rock community under one roof for a couple of days."

Doors open at 6pm, but if you want to celeb spot, make way to the pre-show red carpet on the Q's plaza beginning at 4pm.

Vans Warped Tour: July 23

Might as well turn the APMAs into an all-nighter, because the Vans Warped Tour opens at 11am the next day.

The all-day alt rock fest features 90+ bands performing on nine stages throughout Blossom Music Amphitheater in the Akron area until 9pm. Now in its 20th year, Warped Tour is pretty much a mainstay event for any legit alternative rock fan.

Some of the almost 100 bands performing this year in Cleveland include Attila, August Burns Red, Bebe Rexha, Black Veil Brides, Family Force 5, I Killed The Prom Queen, Knuckle Puck, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Neck Deep, Our Last Night, Pierce The Veil, Riff Raff, Set It Off, Silverstein, This Wild Life and We Came As Romans.

Need to get the 411 on your first Warped experience (including comp tickets for parents of minors and "Reverse Daycare")? Click here.


Want to bundle tickets to both events? No problemo, mi amigo.

Make way to the bundling ticket site for combo options. Or, click here to learn about different ticket options (including pit passes) at the AP Music Awards.

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