Milford LIVE Headed To Firefly


Staff Report

The Firefly Music Festival will take place July 20-22 in Dover at The Woodlands and Milford LIVE will be there to catch all of the action. Headliners at the rock festival, run by Red Frog Events, include big-name acts such as Jack White, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, OK Go, John Legend, The Killers and Death Cab For Cutie.

“We are excited to see our fans at the festival and look forward to sharing a great time with them,” commented Bryan Shupe, owner of Milford LIVE. “We will be taking photos, videos and talking with locals at the event in order to bring the festival to all of our readers.”

Last Thursday a crew from the Delaware Tourism Office toured the site of the Firefly Music Festival, and they described the location of the venue as “jaw-dropping”. An area near Dover International Speedway that was trees and grass, is now fitted with vendor tents, staging areas, gravel roads, hammock stations, portable restrooms and an entrance with a huge sign that reads “Firefly.”

“To have the vision to take the woods and transform it into a mini-Woodstock is pretty amazing,” Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski said while surveying the area.

Parkowski said the heart of Delaware will see a double dose of cash and visitor influx next week, as Firefly will bring roughly 30,000-40,000 people daily to the Dover area, and the Delaware State Fair, which runs July 19-28, will bring about 35,000 daily to the Harrington area. The Firefly festival alone is expected to generate $12.6 million in revenue, Parkowski said. Firefly crews have already been spotted buying up supplies at local stores. Music fans from 48 of the 50 states will attend the festival, and hotel reservations and chatter on social media suggest that they might extend their stay beyond the weekend.

“We’re hoping the music fans who come to the festival get here early and stay a little longer after it’s over,” Parkowski said.