Scenes From Warped Tour's "Reverse Daycare": Blazing Saddles, Air Conditioning, And Parents' Memories Of Concerts Past
The Reverse Daycare tent at the Vans Warped Tour resembles nothing so much as a really relaxed waiting room. While away the hours in a bazaar armchair while your daughter (always a daughter) treks from stage to stage, occasionally texting you or stopping by the air-conditioned tent and asking the security guard stationed outside to poke his head in and call for you. (She's not allowed inside.) Read one of the provided magazines (Vogue, Allure, Lucky, In Style, Women's Health, Runner's World); watch a movie; doze off (intentionally or otherwise). It's a minor but crucial element of a tour that, as Reverse Daycare Tent Manager Shilpa Hareesh pointedly noted to me, is now older than many of its attendees.
Brad Nelson The parents' tent at Warped Tour.
On Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, Warped Tour first-timer Denisewho spent most of her time in the tent catching up on a backlog of Crain's New York Businesstold me that the tent was the deciding factor in her 14-year-old daughter's Warped attendance, after a plan for her to go to the festival with a group of older kids was nixed. (Last names and kids' names and ages, where provided, were volunteered by parents.) Denise's daughter researched the Reverse Daycare Tent and presented her case, recruiting her mother as a chaperone for her and her friends. This is a common narrative, Hareesh told me, and a cursory online search for "reverse daycare" bears that out. Several other parents who had planned for Reverse Daycare also brought their own reading material, whether a Grisham mass-market or Fifty Shades Darker on an e-reader.More »