Neck Deep has plenty to fit into its Vans Warped Tour set.
The Welsh pop-punk band has a powerful new single “Happy Judgement Day” from its album “The Peace and The Panic” arriving in August. There’s merch to sell. There are announcements to make. And two other albums of material to plow through.
However, at every date of this year’s Warped Tour, which stops at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, the band is handing over some of its precious set time to Jonny Boucher, founder of the Chicago-based suicide prevention charity Hope for the Day.
“I feel like every band should stand for something,” said Neck Deep frontman Ben Barlow. “We do it purely just to do some good, to help spread awareness.”
Barlow says the collaboration with Boucher came from simply hanging out together on a previous Warped Tour. And Warped Tour’s Sierra Lyman says the tour is working to create more of these relationships.
“Every band has a cause they believe in or something they want to say,” she says. “We want them to get more involved and build these lasting connections so that the bands and the charities communicate directly.”
Lyman says Warped Tour is increasing its focus on charities this year, doubling the space allocated for nonprofit groups on the tour in hopes that both bands and fans will get involved. At every tour stop, the tour is also holding a canned food drive, where concertgoers who donate three canned goods to Feed Our Children Now can skip the entry line, and 100 fans who donate blood through Music Saves Lives can get a backstage pass.
The focus on building relationships with charities has grown because Warped Tour has seen previous successes.
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“They have been so generous to us,” says Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to help those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. “They introduce thousands of young people to different causes and they’ve helped so many people.”
Tworkowski says the support from Warped Tour over the past 10 years has helped To Write Love on Her Arms expand its reach, including granting funding to 73 different organizations.
“When I ask people how they heard about us, so often the answer is ‘Warped Tour,’” he said. “We just want to be part of the process, the bridge for people who need help. We want to give them a list of resources or have them meet some peers that could lead to a series of significant conversations. . . . We love that Warped Tour is helping create that platform.”
WHAT Vans Warped Tour
WHEN | WHERE 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh
INFO $45; 516-221-1000, livenation.com
MUSIC NOT TO MISS
This year’s Warped Tour has a wildly eclectic lineup. Here’s three acts to check out:
ANDY BLACK The indie-rock heartthrob and leader of Black Veil Brides is solo this time around, playing up catchier songs like “We Don’t Have to Dance.”
THE ALARM Those won over by the new documentary “Man in the Camo Jacket” on frontman Mike Peters out this week can see the ’80s protest rockers in person. They’ll make “The Stand.”
GWAR It’s practically tradition to check out the roaring punk-metal set of the punishing costumed band. Watch out for the fake blood!
— GLENN GAMBOA