Central Florida Fairgrounds was flooded with an amalgamation of bands and their eager fans Friday, July 24 as the Vans Warped Tour made its stop here in Orlando.
This year Warped Tour celebrated its 15th year traveling around the country, making it the longest running American music festival.
Temperatures near 100 degrees and unbearable humidity didn’t stop thousands of concertgoers from pouring into the venue early Friday morning. And some Warped Tour bands turned to twitter to talk about the Orlando heat.
Senses Fail tweeted, “Fire ants, terrible humidity… Florida.”
Between songs, Less Than Jake thanked their fans for being so loyal regardless of what felt like 105-degree heat. The main stage was comprised of a compilation of seasoned acts like Bad Religion, The Bouncing Souls and Underoath as well as performers of more recent years such as All Time Low, The Devil Wears Prada and 3OH!3.
Along with the main stage, there was a handful of other stages with bands constantly rotating and representing genres ranging from pop punk and grunge to screamo and ska.
In addition to watching the many musical acts, concertgoers visited booths set up for the featured bands, fashion companies and various causes.
Most fans had the opportunity to take pictures with their favorite bands at their booths. Band members were also asked to sign tickets, posters, CD’s, and even a few body parts for eagerly awaiting fans. Promoters were constantly just around the corner handing out flyers and advertisements for upcoming events.
Attendees watched as a handful skateboarders showcased years of experience while others displayed novice skills on the large skateboard ramp set up next to the booths. With tickets at a mere $30 (that is before the astronomical Ticketmaster fees we have all become accustomed to) attendees enjoyed a great deal of options during the nearly 10 hour-long festival.