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Vans Warped Tour founder scales back 2016 shows, says last year’s were too big

Bad Seed Rising, with lead singer Francheska Pastor,

Bad Seed Rising, with lead singer Francheska Pastor, could steal the spotlight at this year's Warped Tour. Credit: Getty Images for CinemaCon / Alberto E. Rodriguez

WHAT 2016 Vans Warped Tour

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh

INFO $44; 516-221-1000,

Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman scaled back this year’s edition of the tour by about 30 percent, after he thought last year’s shows just felt too big.

“We’ve probably got about 700 people on the road with us,” Lyman told Amplify magazine recently. “Last year it was too much — about 1,000 people . . . It just becomes no fun when you have that many people . . . This year everyone is pretty relaxed.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean they’ll be skimping on the punk rock when the tour touches down at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, led by veterans like New Found Glory, Yellowcard and We the Kings. And there will also be plenty of potential new stars hand-picked by Lyman to make their mark on the tour. Here’s a look at some of the most promising of the 67 acts set for Jones Beach:


HOMETOWN Baltimore

BIO Lead singer Francheska Pastor could make her band the Paramore of this year’s Warped Tour with her fiery stage presence and powerful vocals soaring above the band’s heavy-duty rock.

NEW SINGLE “I Can Feel You” (Roadrunner) is both catchy and head-bangingly good, ready to disrupt both the pop and the rock charts.

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HOMETOWN Boca Raton, Florida

BIO Brandon and Savannah Hudson made a splash on “America’s Got Talent” in 2013, but their new sound has filled out with ’80s-inspired synthpop and catchy dance hooks.

NEW SINGLE “What You Want” (The Heirs) shows, especially in the over-the-top, mirrorball-filled video, that the Hudsons have amped up their flashiness as well as their dance grooves.


HOMETOWN London, England

BIO The British trio combines pop-leaning dance music with a little more guitar edge, as singer Julia — yes, just Julia — whoops it up like Florence. (Think Rihanna if she let her guitarist Nuno Bettencourt loose a bit more.)

NEW SINGLE “Younger Mind” (Sykes) has a nice groove and some cool bits of guitar noise that do battle with Julia’s sweet vocals.


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