Summer School Festival Tour to Hype Developing Punk and Emo Bands

A trio of live music and punk veterans are launching a new tour this summer to support developing acts and build off the success of rolling festivals like the Vans Warped Tour.

Idobi Radio Summer School, launched by Eric Tobin (Hopeless Records), Michael Kaminsky (KMGMT) and Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), aims to put new music discovery at the forefront, providing new and developing bands a platform to be introduced to bigger audiences across the country. The inaugural run features six of the most buzzed-about up-and-coming bands in punk, emo and hardcore: Stand Atlantic, Magnolia Park, The Home Team, Scene Queen, Honey Revenge and Letdown.

Kaminsky believes these six artists represent the next generation of headline acts thanks to their musical skill, diversity of culture, inclusivity and positivity.

“We’re launching idobi Radio Summer School to address a serious need for development opportunities for artists and bands to connect with audiences,” Kaminsky explains, noting that he has partially modeled the amphitheater tour off of the Vans Warped Tour, which ran from 1995 to 2019 and helped break hundreds of bands.

The three founders came together last year to develop the model for the new summer festival brand with a ticket price that young and new fans could afford. idobi Radio Summer School is underwritten by sponsors with tickets priced at $30. Tickets go on sale Friday.

“The festival is specifically championing independent artists, labels and promoters, with 100% of the sponsorship money going to subsidize lower ticket prices,” the founders said in a statement. “All sponsors were chosen based on their ability to support the artists or fans on the tour. idobi is using their vast media reach to boost the profiles of every artist. OneRPM is subsidizing ticket prices, lowering costs for the fans. Hot Topic will be supporting not only with their massive marketing reach, but also by supporting artists in their entire network of retail stores. It’s important that our sponsors uphold the values of our scene, and we are excited to have them contributing to the community in a meaningful way with us.”

The tour will kick off on Wednesday, July 10 in Cleveland at the Agora Ballroom and will visit over 25 cities across the country including stops in Nashville, Houston, Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and more before wrapping in Anaheim on Sunday, August 17th at City National Grove. Click here for a full list of dates.

Presale begins today, April 1, and goes through Thursday, April 4. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 5.

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