Once again, Firefly Music Festival was incredible. The long weekend in Delaware began with Bekah and I leaving my house before 6am on Thursday morning. We wanted to avoid traffic and get a good camping spot. The drive down was easy, and we arrived at The Woodlands around 8am and pulled into our spot and put up our tent in the rain along with everyone else around us. We met our neighbors, four sophomores at UConn, who drove 7 hours to get to Firefly and go to a lot of music festivals.
The weekend was off to a wet start with all the rain, but after a nap in the car and applying some flash tattoos, the sun came out, and we headed into the festival to see Young Rising Sons, Jack Novak, Grizfolk, X Ambassadors and some other bands. It was a long day and by the end of X Ambassadors, we were beat and headed into the tent ready to start fresh the next morning.
Thanks to the hot June weather, on Friday I woke up in the tent early and visited the Hub to charge my phone and ran into Emma, who I haven’t seen since December before she left to study abroad. We caught up a little and eventually left when the charging station stopped working. Once Bekah woke up, we hurried into the festival to see the first main stage act, Clean Bandit. From there we saw Echosmith, Walk the Moon, Cage the Elephant, AWOLNATION, Modest Mouse and a bunch of other bands as we walked through. The big headliner for Friday was Paul McCartney, who performed Beatles hits like “Blackbird” and “Let It Be” but also some of his newer songs. After Paul, we headed over to Zedd and met some friends while we waited. One of the best parts of Firefly is meeting people in line and while waiting for bands to begin. Everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to. Zedd’s set was great and included “Pompeii” by Bastille, “Illusion” with Sydney Sierota from Echosmith and of course, one of his most popular songs, “Clarity.” Zedd was a great end to the night.
Day 3 began with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness on the main stage. Then we stayed for Gary Clark Jr. and after a water break returned for Matt & Kim. We were kind of far from the stage, but the crowd was constantly moving forward. Eventually we worked our way about 30 rows away from Matt & Kim and decided to keep trying to get closer for Foster the People. Before Foster the People Firefly made announcements of set time changes to plan ahead for the storms approaching. Forster went on a little earlier than expected and was better than a lot of people expected. Of course performed they closed out their set with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Then came time for night two headliner: Kings of Leon and right before they were about to go on, an announcement was made that the storm was approaching, and they needed to evacuate the festival grounds and for everyone to return to their cars. After being four people from the front of the stage, Bekah and I leave the stage with 90,000 other people and made our way back to our camp site. It began to pour, and there was thunder and lightening. After going to bed early, we woke up to Firefly app notifications saying Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers would play on Sunday. So many people were really angry that Kings of Leon wasn’t rescheduled, but Bekah and I stayed positive and got excited for the last day of the festival.
Sunday was my favorite day!! I was super pumped to see Hozier and Bastille again live. Through the F.Y.E. store at the festival, I bought Bastille’s Bad Blood album and sat in line for over 2 hours to meet the band but got to hear and see Steve Aoki’s full set right across the grass. The album singing was awesome because I got to go up say hi, and they all signed my album cover. I also told them I would be studying abroad in London and couldn’t wait to see their set later in the day. Right after Bastille, Bekah and I hurried over to the Lawn Stage to get as close as possible for Hozier. We waited over an hour in the sun but were about 15 rows from Hozier when he came on. He was amazing, and I was so excited to see him for a second time this summer. He was all smiles and looked so happy to play at Firefly. Between each song he would thank the audience and smile at us. I got to hear him perform some of my favorite songs by him like”Like Real People Do,” “Work Song” and “Jackie and Wilson.” He also covered Ariana Grande’s “Problem” for “funzies,” he said. His set wasn’t nearly long enough buy, when he began singing “Take Me to Church,” Bekah and I left to travel across the festival to see Bastille on the main stage. We got pretty close for Bastille and people let me weave my way to the stage. Bastille had a killer set similar to the last time I saw them. One of my favorite songs is “Flaws” when Dan puts on the grey sweatshirt and runs into the audience for some of the song. Dan from Bastille also announced that they’re working on a new album and played a few of their new songs, which was awesome. After their set, Bekah and I got dinner and sat down before making our way towards the front of the stage for the last headliner, The Killers. As the sun went down, the huge crowd got nervous when The Killers began their set and got the crowd excited. They went back and forth between song popularity. There were two guys in front of us who were huge fan and screamed the lyrics to every song. The Killers acknowledged our troubles the night before and played a couple covers from various bands including “Use Somebody” by The Kings of Leon. After their set, Bekah and I went to see The Chainsmokers before heading home.
After 4 days in Dover, it was finally time to head home and shower again. Thanks for the memories, friends and good music Firefly. I can’t wait to go again next year but until then, I’m going to see how many more concerts I can attend this year!