Founder/Producer, Vans Warped Tour, Co-Founder, 320 Festival
Kevin Lyman is best known as founder and producer of the Vans Warped tour which made its 24th and final cross-country run in 2018. He has been an industry professional for 37 years working his way up from throwing backyard concerts to producing festivals like Rockstar Mayhem, Country Throwdown, Sprite Liquid mix, It’s NOT Dead amongst numerous others.
He is co-owner of Sideonedummy records, and has managed acts like Less Than Jake, H20, and the Ataris.
His philosophy has always been to include 3 things in all events he produces, “Music, Education & Philanthropy.”
For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund gala (2011), and was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012).
In 2009, Billboard awarded Lyman the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work, which has included founding the Unite the United Foundation, a charitable organization that has raised over $1 million for various non-profits.
In 2014, Lyman’s Vans Warped Tour attempted to set a Guinness World Record title for Largest Food Drive in 24-Hour period at a single location. In 2013, the tour collected 33,000 pounds of food.
In 2016 Lyman was given the Humanitarian of the year award, by the T.J. Martell foundation at their annual Family Day.
Since 2018 he has been focused on an Opioid Education Initiative FEND “Full, Energy, No, Drugs” as well as co-founding, with Talinda Bennington, the 320 Festival, an online event created to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, debuting in Los Angeles in May 2020.