That's why when I found out that a one-day ticket to the Firefly Music Festival was only $88, I jumped on the opportunity to go. I mean, where else can you see up to 20 amazing bands perform live for that price?
The Firefly Music Festival is a 3-day music extravaganza held at Dover International Speedway. It is considered the "East Coast's Premiere Music Experience," and for good reason. Here's the entire lineup:
I actually saw Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Polica, Cults, Grouplove, Young the Giant, Chiddy Bang, Modest Mouse and Yeasayer.
So, what were my top 10 highlights from the Firefly Music Festival? They were:
10. Cool Logo
9. Big Scary Monster
8. Free Filtered Water
You were allowed to bring an empty container into the festival to fill up on free filtered water at these stations.
7. Hammock Hangout
As a fan of Cults I was super happy to get a video of them performing their first hit "Oh My God." Above is my very amateur attempt at creating a video reminiscent to VH1'a Pop Up Video.
5. Chiddy Bang Performing "Opposite of Adults"
This was the first song I ever hear from Chiddy Bang. I've been a fan ever since.
4. Modest Mouse Performing Everything
Modest Mouse performance was awesome. They are one of the rare bands that actually sound like their albums when they perform live. My favorite of their songs included "Float On," "Dashboard" and "The World At Large." I was too far back to get a decent video of them.
3. Ra Ra Riot Performing "Boy"
Yeah, pretty much all of Ra Ra Riots' songs rocked.
2. Being Introduced to Yeasayer
Yeasayer was the last band we saw. They were at the stage on the way out, so we decided to watch them. I wasn't very familiar with their music, but I found myself loving each song more than the previous one. They have an 80's pop synthesizer/modern day indie rock vibe that I LOVE. Sadly, my video memory card ran out as I was getting a good song, but I did get this picture.
1. Chiddy Bang Freestyle
This was by far the highlight of the festival for me. Chiddy Bang took random topics from the crowd and did a freestyle rap that actually made sense! Topics included: smoking weed, ice cream, dolphins, Ninja Turtles, Philly and Wayne's World.
I can happily say that my experience at the Firefly festival was, in one word: fly. It wasn't too overcrowded, all of the bands were good and the Port-O-Potties were actually clean!