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The Vans Warped tour hits the UK for the first time in 14 years, and with it all kinds of low-slung, tight-fitting jeans, emo-rock guitars and skateboard action.

The US touring show that brings bands and boards together in a moody-cool melting pot of skate and six-string action kicked off in the mid-Nineties, with the likes of Bad Religion, NOFX and My Chemical Romance gracing its stages across the world since.

Now it hits London with four stages and 20 bands, including those eliciting punk-rock carnage, new acts and blasts from the past. The centrepiece of the skating action will be the UK Vert Skateboarding Championships.

Lostprophets headline this year – perennially uncool, with the shiniest, most cared-for hairstyles this side of David Guetta, the Pontypidd, Wales, five-piece have endured despite their naysayers.

They’re easy to mock, yet it’s easier to sing along to their catchy as fuck choruses, especially from their latest album, Weapons.

Spread across the stages are the likes of synth-rocking superstar Awolnation, LA all-girl rockers Cherri Bomb, with punk jokesters Bowling For Soup also banging on about the girl all the bad guys apparently want.

Welsh emo-core act Funeral For A Friend will be on hand to show they’re one of the UK’S finest alt-rock exports of the past decade, while ska-punk stalwarts Less Than Jake are still going strong after 20 years touring the world in shorts and dreadlocks, showing the kids how it should be done.

There are plenty of new acts for the youngsters, but just as many bands for those who remember skate-punk from their younger years, too.

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY
Nov 10 | Doors at 1pm |  £40
Tube | Wood Green 
alexandrapalace.com


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London music: Vans Warped Tour – Alexandra Palace on Nov 10
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