NEWS: Every Time I Die almost deliver the final set of Vans Warped Tour!

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On Sunday (August 5th 2018), after being founded back in 1995 and running annually every summer for the following twenty-three years, Warped Tour held its final ever date in Palm Beach, Florida.

Founder Kevin Lyman announced in November last year that 2018 would mark “final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour.”

At the festival’s final date, Californian punk rockers Pennywise were confirmed as its special guests and also had their set scheduled to be the final one to ever to be held at the now defunct festival. But, Buffalo’s Every Time I Die had different plans.

Closing off their set with their song ‘Map Change’, guitarist Jordan Buckley continued to play the song’s main riff for several minutes, all the while the set was being dismantled behind him.

You can take a look at some fan-shot footage of this below.

Unfortunately, though Buckley intended to play on to be the final person and also Every Time I Die to be the final band to play a note at Vans Warped Tour before its premeditated demise, stage hands cut the set before this could happen.

He took to Twitter shortly after this happened to express how much it meant to him.

Every Time I Die also tweeted an emotional tribute to the festival after their set, giving their own farewell to the annual run.

After its inaugural year in 1996, Vans became the main sponsor of the festival and remained so ever since, and as such became more commonly known as Vans Warped Tour.

Vans Warped Tour was the largest travelling music festival of the United States, and also the longest running music festival of the country. On a few occasions it also stretched off to one-off dates in the UK, the last of which being in 2015 which was headlined by Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria.

Despite being confirmed to be the “final, full cross-country run” of the festival, many fans and Vans Warped Tour attendees speculate that it will return in some other form, almost definitely being held in a far less extravagant and extended fashion.

Lyman has posted a closing stated on the festival’s website which reads as follows.

“The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire the creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.”

More news surrounding the 25th anniversary celebration in 2019 will be confirmed as it develops.