These young ladies really love Twenty One Pilots. I mean really, really love them. The band plays Friday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, but two California teens started camping out in the Jacksonville heat Tuesday night.
They already have tickets and still pitched tents on the sidewalk near the arena. They're braving the heat and are camping out to make sure they get a prime spot on the floor when the doors open and fans start rushing the stage.
"Their music means a lot ... the lyrics mean a lot and they're great guys," Danae Bolton, 18, said Wednesday trying to keep cool in the shade of her tent holding a battery-operated handheld fan up to her face.
Bolton is from Sacramento, but like many of the duo's fans, they travel around the globe sleeping on city streets days in advance of the show. Bolton said she also enjoys the experience of meeting new Twenty One Pilots fans on the street.
"It's the message, it's not about how they look," said Kiana Raeanne, 18, of Fairfield, California. She and Bolton, who met through the band, traveled to Jacksonville Tuesday and were the first to pitch their tents. "It's about the people who are fans of the band ... a sense of community," Raeanne said.
"It's something the fan base has done for years," said Emily Kutsmeda, 19. She's camping out here from Jupiter, Fla.
Maya Engle, 18, started her camp out on the streets in Toronto, Canada to see the band. She followed them to Buffalo, Brooklyn, Newark, Atlantic City and after Jacksonville, she follow the band to her hometown of Orlando.
"Their lyrics reach out to a lot of different people," Engle said placing a tarp atop of her red tent. "Their music let's you know you're not alone. They inspire people and that makes their fans this dedicated.
The alternative rock band is made up of lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. They formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2009 with Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih. Thomas and Salih left the group in 2011.