The Firefly Music Festival announced the 2013 lineup for this year’s 2nd annual event which will take place June 21-23 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. Headliners at the rock festival this year include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, Foster The People and The Avett Brothers. Music fans from all over the country, including those from Milford, were spotted enjoying music at the three-day-long festival last year in Dover.
“This festival was a huge success last year,” stated Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski. “It drew music fans from 48 of the 50 states and even several countries around the world. It put Delaware on the map as a music destination, which was great for tourism.”
Last year the Delaware Tourism Office estimates the attendance of the Firefly Music Festival at 30,000 and it is expected to double this June. Amenities such as The Arcade, the Hammock Hangout, the Dogfish Head Brewery featuring Firefly Ale, The Vineyard wine garden, and a number of enhanced culinary options will return, with a host of new attractions being added for 2013.
“After a highly successful inaugural event, we are excited to welcome Red Frog Events’ Firefly Music Festival back to the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway,” said Michael Tatoian, COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “After watching last year’s event blossom into a premier music festival, we’re excited to again partner with Red Frog in expanding on the success of year one and making the second annual event even better.”
Milford residents Shelby Nash and Kevin DiCostanzo attended the premier event last summer and were impressed by the professionalism of the event in it’s inaugural year. Jack White and the Flaming Lips were among their favorite performances over the three-day festival.
“Last year’s experience was epic,” commented Nash. “There was supposed to be a lot of music I had never heard before but we decided to go. If I didn’t like the band playing there was plenty to do there.” Shelby was also impressed that all the bands performed on time and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.
Kevin is a fan of this year’s lineup as he admits the tickets were worth waiting several hours and spending several hundred dollars on. “I’m looking forward to the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Public Enemy sold me,” commented DiCostanzo. “It will be cool to see some of the people we know and those we met last year.”
The pair expressed that being a local from Delaware makes the Firefly experience different than any other music festival. “You could go to the festival as a local and buy one ticket and know a lot of people inside,” stated Shelby.
According to the Firefly Festival Facebook page, when tickets went on sale last week, early bird pricing sold out within seconds and within an hour they surpassed the total 2012 ticket sales.The festival will host 71 bands over three days including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Dispatch, The Lumineers, Public Enemy, Atlas Genius, St. Lucia and Blondfire.