One of the best things about the Vans Warped Tour is undoubtedly the plethora of talented artists on the lineup year after year. Since its start back in 1995, VWT has introduced fans to new and old artists alike, creating a tight-knit community within the music scene.

While VWT is typically known as the “punk rock summer camp,” the reality is that the tour has so many more genres than that. With more than two decades of summers on the road, artists ranging from the Black Eyed Peas to Katy Perry have graced the various VWT stages alongside staples like Fall Out Boy and Blink-182. There’s truly something for everyone, which is one of the key reasons why the legendary tour will be missed immensely.

To celebrate 25 years of VWT, we’ve rounded up a list of surprising stars you may not have realized got their start while traveling cross country with the iconic festival. These artists emerged as up-and-coming acts and quickly became household names. (We’ll never forget those timeless VWT summers because it’s not every day you get to see a big name before they actually make it, well, big.)

Take a look at our gallery of unforgettable (and some, unexpected!) Vans Warped Tour alumni, below.

Surprising Stars Who Got Their Start on Warped Tour

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