Spring Fever gets warped: Vans Warped Tour founder shares “Tips for Success” with Spring Fever attendees


Summer has almost arrived, and with summer comes a music lover’s favorite time of year: festival season.

This past week, the SVSU Program Board put on a series of events via Spring Fever, one of which was a free lecture by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman in the Malcolm Field Theatre.

The Vans Warped Tour is a yearly music festival featuring more than 70 bands from the alternative music scene. The summer-long tour hits 40-plus states with anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 people in attendance at each date.

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Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour, spoke to students about the yearly music festival and how to run and support a successful business.

Lyman visits about 15 to 20 universities a year.

The audience was shown an episode of the Vans Warped Tour TV show “Warped Roadies.” The show follows the lives of stage managers and set crews during the entire summer. This gave students a glimpse into what Lyman deals with every summer.

Focusing mainly on what it takes to run a successful business, Lyman shared his 10 points of success which included “Don’t underestimate anyone, including yourself,” “Teaching is the best way to learn,” and classic wise words such as “Follow your gut.” He also recommended to always keep integrity for oneself and respect for others, as well as to make sure to be involved with the local scene if one is to do business in a new city.

“You always read the local paper and drink the local beer,” Lyman said. “I learned that in Pittsburgh…If I would have read the local paper I would have read that the local steel mill closed that day. So the guys in the bar were not really celebrating, they were mourning the loss of their jobs.”

Both business majors and casual music lovers had a lot to take away from the lecture, as Lyman’s personality elicited a strong response and many questions from the crowd.

Program Board gave away gift bags that contained CDs of bands featured on the 2013 tour and essential Warped Tour items such as hand sanitizer, sun glasses and water bottles.

Lyman also gave away two certificates that were good for four tickets and VIP passes to any date of the 2013 tour.