(DL) – I am from Delaware. If anyone knows, it's me – Delaware is not a destination. It's a starting point. Everywhere is within driving distance, mountains, beach, the nation's capital, Philly events, NYC entertainment. None of which are in Delaware. Enter, Firefly – a three day music festival. It includes big name bands to headline like 2012's Killers and The Black Keys to 2013's Tom Petty and Foster the People. Firefly has a genuine interest in bands about to break like 2013's Capital Cities or 2012's Fitz & the Tantrums and Modest Mouse. Passion Pit makes an encore performance to the festival's main stage.
EDM (Electronic Dance Music) makes a bigger play in 2013 at Firefly drawing not only the hipster crowd but more of the introverted at home closet dance hounds. Put them in front of Big Gigantic, Calvin Harris, Zed and White Panda and they too exploded in dance energy bouncing up and down along in a sea of people tossing beach balls, glow sticks and blow-up dolls. By the time Saturday hit MGMT's pop sound was bound to draw a huge crowd.
Sunday, Matt and Kim worked the crowd like any other Matt and Kim gig, tossing balloons into the crowd with Kim standing on her drum kit. Although she's chilled a bit after injuring herself previously. True story, they are as positive energy off stage as on. I met them last year in Philly at a gig at the Electric Factory. Kim gave me relationship advice I've used ever since. They are a high energy duo and the crowd fed off their energy on a hot Sunday afternoon.
The festival grounds known as The Woodlands is home to four stages separated by wood lined malls. It's got a somewhat cozy feel but the tall chain linked fences remind you of the business end of the festival experience. You won't be sneaking in to beat the $300 three day ticket price. You wear a bracelet that is digitally scanned for entry. Scratch the bar-code and management is relentless on this rule – you pay $20 to replace it after they confirm your original registration.
The fun starts at the gate. Everyone picks up the pace as the music nears. The huge banner, FIREFLY on a soft green backdrop with golden lights draws you in like a mindless bug. It's the same feeling you had as a child wanting to race in to be the first on the ride at an amusement park.
Firefly's unique appeal is its accessibility. An even better word may be inclusivity. Yes it draws college students that want to cut loose, but even the college students I came across kept the partying in check. It draws a young at heart crowd but regardless of age a noticeable thumbprint of the typical Firefly attendee is they are positive and kind. This is no loose observation....Read more...