How do you say goodbye to the beloved Vans Warped Tour? “Thks fr the Mmrs?” “Though you’re dead and gone, believe me; your memory will carry on?” It’s not easy to write a eulogy for one of the centerpieces of punk and emo culture.
For 24 years, the traveling festival, founded by Kevin Lyman in 1995, brought music, moshing, and messy, muddy fun to venues across America each summer. Now, it’s gone—an anecdote from another era. At least we have pictures to remember it by.
All photos taken at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD by Brittany Menjivar on 7/29/18