Firefly Music Festival Celebrates Five Years!

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(PCM) Firefly Music Festival is celebrating their fifth year anniversary and what a glorious five years it has been!  We have been attending Firefly since its’ inaugural year and it has been amazing to witness the ways in which it continues to grow and expand becoming one of the staples of the summer music festival circuit.

Like a beacon from above, the sun was shining bright to kick-off the weekend and Thursday’s mild rain showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of the over 90,000 fans in attendance for this year’s incredible festival. The crew at both RedFrog and Goldenvoice, who work tirelessly for month to put Firefly together, have truly outdone themselves this year and without a doubt the festival is looking better than ever before!

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Five years marks a huge celebration for Firefly Music Festival and just walking around the grounds taking notice of all the new improvements and added features was breathtaking. There were several fantastic art installations, photo op areas, new (and improved) pathways to cross between stages and most importantly a new drainage system in place to deal with an inclement weather that could have (and thankfully didn’t) arise.

The areas surrounding both the Treehouse Stage and the CoffeeHouse stages have become permanent fixtures on the grounds and the addition of the elevated viewing platform, with super swanky cabanas, in the VIP area  are fantastic additions to the ever expanding festival experience.

2016 also marks the first time that Firefly Music Festival was live streaming thanks to a partnership between Red Frog Events, Yahoo and Toyota. The festival had previously worked with AXS TV in the past for some live streaming, but it is much more seamless this year, so folks at home that couldn’t make it out can see exactly how much fun they are missing.

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During the kick-off press conference for Firefly, Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski commented that Delaware is truly embracing Firefly 2016 and it has been absolutely wonderful to witness so many individuals having a great time in Delaware, many of whom may be visiting for the very first time.

Parkowski went on to say that the age demographic for tourism in Delaware has expanded to ages 25-55 and millennials are now visiting Delaware thanks of course to Firefly and it’s impact.  Governor Jack Markell was also on hand for the press conference and was throughly enjoying spending his weekend at Firefly Music Festival. He was thrilled with all the “great food vendors, amenities, and overall hospitality from the people of Delaware” and added that Firefly will continue to “define Delaware for years to come”.

There were so many performance highlights throughout the four-day festival that we almost don’t know where to begin. While many felt that this year’s line-up was a bit weak compared to some of the heavy hitting headliners from years past such as Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and Tom Petty, we actually think that the 2016 line-up brought more of an eclectic group of artists together and made for quite an interesting smorgasbord of performances to catch throughout the day.

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Stealing the show this year was undoubtedly, Florence & The Machine, A$AP Rocky and Blink 182. Seeing Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker perform on the festivals Treehouse Stage, snuggled deeply in the woods was an extra special treat. We also thoroughly enjoyed sets from Deadmau5, Tame Imapala, Ludacris (who made up for his missed performance Friday night, but waking us up bright and early on Sunday), Fitz and The Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Saint Motel, The Struts, Gallant, Major Lazer and M83 to name just a few.

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We absolutely can’t wait to see what Firefly 2017 will have in-store, as they are always a festival full of good times and surprises! Great job!


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The Firefly Music Festival 2016 Lineup Has Been Revealed!


(PCM) Firefly Music Festival is returning to The Woodlands for the fifth year on June 16-19, 2016. Along with headliners Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & The Machine, and Deadmau5, the lineup also includes Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Tame Impala, The 1975, A$AP Rocky, Of Monsters and Men, Major Lazer, Chvrches, and more than 100 additional acts.

General Admission and VIP pass options go on sale Friday, Nov. 20 at 11am EST through General Admission passes start at $279. Camping packages will also be available for purchase at this time.

“We wanted the 2016 lineup to reach a wide audience while resonating with our core Firefly community,” says Christiane Pheil, Talent and Experience Director at Firefly Music Festival. “We’re confident this lineup does just that, and we look forward to celebrating our fifth year with music fans from around the world.”

In 2016, guests can expect the return of favorite attractions such as the Dogfish Head Brewery, The Beercade, The Coffee House, The Market, The Thicket, and Hammock Hangout. New experiences will also debut at the festival in June.

Firefly is partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the fifth year through their Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program. Festival attendees can support the lifesaving work of St. Jude on-site and leading up to the event through a variety of digital, mobile and live donation opportunities. In addition, Firefly is donating a percentage of proceeds from two pass options to St. Jude. Donations from Firefly fans will go towards Red Frog Events’ $25 million commitment to the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, opening in late 2015 on St. Jude’s campus in Memphis.

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deadmau5 Brings EDM To Life For The First Time At Allentown Fair


(PCM) This year at The Great Allentown Fair, history was made. EDM juggernaut deadmau5 performed live at the Grandstands, marking the first time the Fair has every hosted a DJ or EDM artist. The traditionally rock and country-dominated festival decided to branch out this year, booking one of the genre’s biggest artists. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is the only Lehigh Valley venue to ever book the genre, hosting both Tiesto and Hardwell in the last three years. Now, the Fair has joined the ranks, becoming the first festival in the area to branch out.

Working on his new home studio, deadmau5, whose plain-clothes name is Joel Zimmerman, flew into Allentown just hours before the show. According to his Instagram, he took some time to check out the fair, posting pics with some farm animals. As dusk settled in, No Mana took the stage for an opening set. With the crowds juices flowing, mouse ears on, and glowsticks in hand, deadmau5 strolled onto a stage. The stage was a bit stripped down compared to deadmau5’s appearances at Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, and other festivals he appeared at earlier in the spring and summer, but Zimmerman made the most of the huge LED screens and strobes he had.



“So, what the f**k is up Allentown,” Zimmerman asked the crowd a little ways into the set. From there, he tore through a set filled with peaks and valleys that flowed very nicely. He played much of his latest album, (1<2), one of the highlights being “Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer.” The disc debuted last year. He also dropped hits like “Ghosts and Stuff,” “Strobe,” and others. He concluded the set with his version of “Animals” Martin Garrix, a dig at the young Dutch DJ. With that, deadmau5 further established himself as the care-free rock ‘n’ roll renegade of the EDM world.

Throughout the show, fans would occasionally throw a glowstick or two up on-stage. At one point, Zimmerman said half-jokingly, “Stop throwing glowsticks up here it’s getting f**king annoying!” At that moment, a handful of them flew onto the stage. “Oh, alright, go ahead, get it out of your system,” he said while laughing. And he was bombarded with a barrage of glowsticks. Like, a sh*t ton of glowsticks. Many other artists would have been furious or even walked off stage. But deadmau5 said f**k it. He was there to party, too.


Zimmerman performed a significant amount of the show with his mouse head off, ripping cigs and pounding beers. He even spilled one at one point. “This is why we can’t have nice things, Allentown,” he yelled jokingly. He was never short on banter with the fans. “It’s good to be here, Allentown,” Zimmerman said. “Actually, true story, I turned L.A. [Los Angeles, CA] to be here.” The crowd cheered. “F**k L.A.” The crowd exploded.

deadmau5 has established himself as one of the top EDM artists in the world. Last year, his album (1<2) garnered much critical acclaim and earned him his third Grammy Award nomination. deadmau5 boasts one of the most electrifying and captivating live shows in pop music today. After this groundbreaking first step into EDM, the sky’s the limit next year for The Fair.



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deadmau5 Set To Close Out The 2015 Great Allentown Fair


(PCM) This Saturday, history will be made at The Great Allentown Fair. EDM juggernaut deadmau5 will close out the week, marking the first time the Fair has every hosted a DJ or EDM artist. The traditionally rock and country-dominated festival decided to branch out this year, booking one of the genre’s biggest artists. Tickets are $59 and are available now via

deadmau5 has established himself as one of the top EDM artists in the world. Last year, his album (1<2) garnered much critical acclaim and earned him his third Grammy Award nomination. deadmau5 boasts one of the most electrifying and captivating live shows in pop music today, and his history-making set at The Great Allentown Fair is not to be missed.

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The Battle Is On Between Disney And Deadmau5


(PCM) EDM superstar Deadmau5 is gearing up for quite the legal battle between himself and entertainment company Disney. The fight is over the similarities between Deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman’s mouse ears logo and the famed Mickey Mouse logo owned by Disney.

Zimmerman brought the fight into the social media realm when he posted a series of tweets urging Disney to “lawyer up” after they filed a motion in opposition to Zimmerman’s attempt to trademark his own logo in the U.S.

Zimmerman is also filing a counterclaim against Disney, as he discovered that they were using one of his most popular tracks “Ghosts N’ Stuff” in one of the promo videos on their website. The video in question has since been removed after Zimmerman called them out on social media.


The Deadmau5 logo, which is a forward facing mouse head with large circular ears and two large eyes, is a registered trademark in over 30 countries and Zimmerman has been using the logo in the States for many years. Thus far, Disney is only opposing the U.S. trademark filing.

Zimmerman’s attorney claims they are ready for a fight to protect his intellectual property and that they will not be bullied by a large corporation such as Disney.

Disney had made no official statement in regards to situation.

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