(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!
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.
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!