Road Trip: One last look at the Vans Warped Tour

Sydney Dolezal of Doll Skin at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Sydney Dolezal of Doll Skin at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
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By Grace Prachthauser

Vans Warped Tour, which has cultivated alternative artists ranging from Blink-182 to Katy Perry since its start in 1995, soon will be history.

Festival creator Kevin Lyman issued a statement last November stating this year would be the final full cross-country tour of the “emo summer camp” that has given so many performers a place to truly be themselves. 

Tickets quickly sold out quickly for the Holmdel leg of the farewell tour on July 14, 2018.

Despite the heat, thousands of fans were energetic as ever, screaming along to their favorite songs from artists who came from as near as Old Bridge, NJ, and as far as Sydney, Australia, to play on various stages at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

Slideshow photos by Grace Prachthauser:

YungBlud at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Sydney Dolezal of Doll Skin at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
JENNA McDOUGALL - TONIGHT ALIVE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Mike of The Stolen at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
CHRIS MOTIONLESS of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
ANDY LEO of CROWN THE EMPIRE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Lacing up with Doll Skin at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
REMINGTON LEITH- PALAYE ROYALE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
CROWD SURFER at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
JOHN O'CALLAGHAN- THE MAINE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Matt Best of Tonight Alive at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
The Stolen at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
CHRIS MOTIONLESS of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Dominick Cuce of The Stolen at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Awsten Knight of Waterparks at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
YungBlud at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
YungBlud at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
MATT BEST - TONIGHT ALIVE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
REMINGTON LEITH- PALAYE ROYALE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
JENNA McDOUGALL - TONIGHT ALIVE at the Vans Warped Tour, July 14, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
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A fan favorite was We The Kings, most famous for their song Check Yes Juliet.  Although the band took the stage early in the day, it still drew one of the biggest crowds.

Another crowd-pleaser was the home-grown group The Stolen, which drew an enthusiastic following to one of the smaller stages.

Although this is the last year of Vans Warped Tour, it has made a lasting impact on generations of music lovers.

It’s also spread a message of compassion, with artists speaking out against the stigma of mental illness and making teenagers and young adults feel less alone in their struggles. And it has promoted organizations like To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit that helps people overcome addictions and depression.

Grace Prachthauser, Morristown High School ’18, plans to devote a gap year to her photography.

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