August 5th, 2018 marked the last day of the final cross country run of the Vans Warped Tour, right in West Palm Beach, FL. The lineup was diverse, sprinkled with fan favorites and local bands. Just a couple of days prior, a handful of the Florida tour dates saw torrential rain, and one even got rained out. Obviously, concert-goers were expecting rain due to tradition, but luckily, we dodged a bullet. Drops of rain fell as the show closed, setting the mood of reality that the final Vans Warped Tour just came to a close. But, enough about the end of the show, let’s talk about what made the day so great.
For me, the hardest thing about Warped Tour was always arriving at the perfect time. Between parking and checking in for press, something always goes wrong for me, which results in missing a band or two that I really wanted to catch. For once, I got everything planned out right and I was able to catch the first main stage band of the day, Mayday Parade. My first photo pass ever was through Mayday Parade, and I had seen them and photographed them quite a few times in my early years of concert photography. Because of that, up until this month, I hadn’t photographed the band since the Spring Fever Tour in 2013. Throwback, I know. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the band and their upbeat stage presence, especially because I can tell that they haven’t lost their spark. It was really cool to see so many people hyped up in the amphitheater that early in the day for one of the Florida bands wrapping up the tour that Sunday.
If you went to Warped Tour, as a fan or as media, if you didn’t check out Doll Skin, you committed a crime. This group of girls put on such a fun, energy packed set that was unlike any other that I saw at the show. I unfortunately could only catch one song due to close set times, which still bums me out. But, regardless of that, one song was enough to fully take in how stellar, unique, and badass they really are. They are making waves in the scene, and they are already taking the world by storm.