Firefly Music Festival, June 19-22, Dover, Delaware
Confession: I’m an outdoor music festival newbie. I bought tickets mere weeks before the event, scored the last hotel room within a 20-mile radius and got on the road.
Saturday, June 21
I attended the last two days of Firefly. Since I didn’t arrive until Saturday afternoon, I missed the likes of Local Natives, Amos Lee, Foo Fighters and Third Eye Blind.
I took a quick survey of the massive schedule, bought the requisite t-shirt and trekked to my first performance, Texas-based ensemble Wild Child.
Within minutes I was toe-tapping to the group’s indie folk sound. “Cocaine Hurricane’s” call-and-response engaged the crowd. The Austin Music Award-winning group played current single “Wild Bird” (complete with audience whistling). A good time was had by all.
Through a sea of hammocks I saw Hannah Hooper of GROUPLOVE. The band’s return to Firefly drew a large following to the main stage. In addition to songs like “Tongue Tied,” the musicians launched into a rendition of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” which had people leaving concession lines running to the stage.
Absorbing all that is Firefly, I noticed a few things:
- Face bandanas to keep you from inhaling dust. The struggle is real.
- Flags so friends can find each other and to rep where you’re from. Shout out to Brazil, Maryland, Canada and Jamaica.
- Cool t-shirts as represented by one of my favorites, Wake up smarter, sleep with an engineer.
- Girls sleeping alone near walkways.
People started gathering for Imagine Dragons 45 minutes before show time. The guys came out and rocked it! Sand pits, crowd surfing and ground shaking (no, really, so many people were jumping, the ground was shaking). Singer Dan Reynolds announced the group was performing the song “Battle Cry” for the first time in the United States. The fellas did not disappoint.
Last concert of the night for me was hip-hop duo Outkast. The group has been in the music game for 20 years. Andre 3000 came out in a silver wig. Would you expect anything less? Big Boi handily performed some the classics solo. Andre brought women on stage and the crowd lost their minds during “Hey Ya!.” Entertaining from beginning to end.
I finally made it to my hotel room after a long day, looked down and saw this.
These black shoes have climbed the hills of Pompeii in Italy and walked the mean streets of New York City and have NEVER been this dirty.
Check out my last day at Firefly, next week.