This year's Warped Tour lineup has been officially announced. The pioneering traveling punk-rock festival has long since opened its stages to more mainstream fare, but Warped promoter Kevin Lyman likens this years lineup to its breakout year, 1995. That year's lineup included reggae-rockers Sublime, riot-girl act L7 and the ska-pop of No Doubt.

"Three years ago, I was actually getting kind of bored. I was probably listening to too many other people. So two years ago I just went back and listened to music again," said Lyman. "I said, 'I’m gonna book an eclectic show and if kids don’t come, okay, it’s maybe time to end this thing.'”

While the Warped Tour lineup changes from venue to venue, a sampling of the Cincinnati main stage schedule gives a pretty good idea of what to expect this year. Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, New Found Glory, Streetlight Manifesto, Yellowcard, Piece The Veil, Four Year Strong, Of Mice and Men, We The Kings, Breathe Carolina, Miss May I, Falling In Reverse and Blood on The Dance Floor will appear on the main stage.

Every Time I Die, Mayday Parade, blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, For Today, Memphis May Fire, Motionless In White, Rise To Remain, Sleeping With Sirens, The Ghost Inside, Vampires Everywhere! and Title Fight are among the acts slated for the smaller stages.

Higher profile acts like The Used and Rise Against will perform on selected dates of the tour. While normally a showcase for punk rock and alternative bands like NOFX and My Chemical Romance, The Warped Tour is also at least partially responsible for introducing Gym Class Heroes and Katy Perry to the masses. Asked if he'd like to have Katy Perry back on stage, Lyman was magnanimous.

"’I'd love Katy to come back," he said. "I don’t know if it makes sense for her, but I’d love for her to come to a barbecue one night."

 
2012 Vans Warped Tour Dates:

June 16 – Salt Lake City, UT
June 17 – Denver, CO
June 20 – Las Vegas, NV
June 21 – Irvine, CA
June 22 – Pomona, CA
June 23 – San Francisco, CA
June 24 – Ventura, CA
June 27 – San Diego, CA
June 28 – Phoenix, AZ
June 29 – Las Cruces, NM
June 30 – San Antonio, TX
July 1 – Houston, TX
July 3 – Dallas, TX
July 5 – St. Louis, MO
July 6 – Detroit, MI
July 7 – Chicago, IL
July 8 – Minneapolis, MN
July 9 – Kansas City, KS
July 10 – Indianapolis, IN
July 11 – Cleveland, OH
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA
July 13 – Toronto, ON
July 14 – Montreal, QC
July 15 – Hartford, CT
July 17 – Buffalo, NY
July 18 – Scranton, PA
July 19 – Boston, MA
July 20 – Philadelphia, PA
July 21 – New York, NY
July 22 – Oceanport, NJ
July 24 – Washington, DC
July 25 – Virginia Beach, VA
July 26 – Atlanta, GA
July 27 – Orlando, FL
July 28 – Miami, FL
July 29 – Tampa, FL
July 30 – Charlotte, NC
July 31 – Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 1 – Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 4 – Seattle, WA
Aug. 5 – Portland, OR