To call the inaugural Firefly Music Festival a massive success would be an understatement. Many flocked to the fields of Dover, Delaware to experience a music festival that could rival major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, most certainly left fulfilled by this endeavor and seeing it all come together truly was something amazing.
Acts such as The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Bombay Bicycle Club, and many more played on various stages in the course of three days.
The sets did overlap but luckily music fans only ever had to choose between two acts the very most. The first day (Friday) was quite humid and cloudy though the bands playing that day were certainly determined to make sure that was the last thing on everybody's mind.
It was brilliant to catch the aggressive punk band Turf War kick off the festival as well as seeing Heartless Bastards getting a massive crowd to watch their set. The best acts of the night were certainly Walk The Moon, Ok Go, and Silversun Pickups.
Walk the Moon had the crowd dancing and jumping vigorously while Ok Go had their crowd constantly singing along to every song, seeing that was nothing short but amazing.
Silversun Pickups just rocked the fucking house. I've heard the band before but seeing them live was another experience entirely, especially the confidence they exerted with every guitar chord and drum beat in their set.
The headliner of the night was Jack White and seeing everyone sing along to the singles from almost every band he's been in was nothing short of remarkable.
Normally I'd find it annoying to hear people sing out guitar tones but at a Jack White gig it's just fucking fitting, especially while seeing a true legend work his craft.
With day 2 I made it a task to check out more acts I was unfamiliar with.
Moon Taxi are an indie pop group that have been touring relentlessly this summer and seeing them play with such exuberance so early in the morning was truly brilliant. Kids These Days & Grouplove also played highly energetic sets but the best performance of the day has to go to Imagine Dragons. Apart from the amazing band name the group played a great blend of indie pop with an alternative edge.
They were the perfect band to listen to on a hot summery day and a low key autumn evening, but seeing them live … just fucking wow really. Such energy, such passion, if you enjoy acts such as Walk The Moon, Coldplay, or We Are Scientists then you'll certainly find Imagine Dragons enjoyable.
Lupe Fiasco and his band rushed to the stage, clearly wanting to play their music it a packed festival crowd. I've seen Lupe before but nothing can prepare you for such a wild an amazing live show. He played all the hits and loved standing next to his bandmates air guitaring and headbanging to every chord they played.
By the time day 3 rolled around it seemed that everyone was used to the easy going mood of the festival.
Sure going from set to set caused a bit of a hurry among the crowd but being able to experience music outside with thousands of strangers truly is an amazing experience.
The standouts of the day for me were Bombay Bicycle Club and Cold War Kids specifically. Bombay played their latest single 'Beg' to the festival crowd and you could tell that they were truly lost within their music.
Tinie Tempah caused the crowd to turn into a massive party playing both his own hits as well as various covers, his energy never faltered during his set.
The Flaming Lips set felt as though I walked into another world, a very Alice In Wonderland-esque type of world filled with bright colors and never-ending storms of confetti. I was still on an amazing high from their hyper-fun filled set as I ended my festival night watching The Black Keys set.
This review was written/photographed by Ken Grand-Pierre, a writer/photographer/graphic designer/bear fighter in New York. If you want to see more photos from this show and more be sure to visit his flickr (where you can find full photo galleries of this event & others). Also if you like what you see and you want to hear about more than be sure to follow on twitter and tumblr.
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