FireFly To Invade Kent County

DOVER, DE - JUNE 21:  A general view of atmoshere at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)
DOVER, DE – JUNE 21: A general view of atmoshere at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)

The Firefly Music Festival will take place July 19 through 22 in Dover at The Woodlands and residents of Milford will join an expected crowd of 80,000 people, according to officials at Red Frog Events that has hosted the event since its inception in 2012. The Firefly Music Festival is a music experience located in a wooded landscape in Dover that features renowned headliners and emerging artists. The 2014 festival lineup includes over 100 bands on 7 stages featuring performances from headliners including the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers and Weezer.

In addition to four days of musical performances, drinks and dining, Firefly offers a variety of interactive on-site attractions. Event goers can enjoy the return of attractions such as Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, The Arcade, The Coffee House, and Hammock Hangout with the addition of several new attractions to be announced prior to the festival. This year Red Frog Events has added a forth day to the festival as they have expanded the festival grounds and expect a record crowd.

“The addition of a fourth day, along with the expansion of our festival acreage and lineup, makes this the most exciting Firefly yet. These changes reflect our commitment to providing our fans the premier experience they expect from us not only this year, but in the years to come,” says Firefly Music Festival Director Greg Bostrom.

Milford resident Nikki Southard will be returning to the event for the third year in a row and she says that she is looking forward to seeing the festival continue to grow. Raised in Dover, Nikki is excited to see such “an epic event” take place in her hometown.

“There is a certain energy at a music festival that is kind of magical. Everyone is there for the same reason and it makes people feel interconnected,” commented Southard. “I think each year it will create a little more buzz than the last.” Nikki is looking forward to seeing the Foo Fighters, as the group wrote the song Everlong which was the first dance her husband and she had at their wedding. The band Nikki believes everyone needs to see is Sleigh Bells. “I saw them at Coachella a few years back and the talent is indescribable,” said Southard.

Milford resident Freddy Mohr will be visiting the Firefly Festival for the first time this year and hoping to see performances by Imagine Dragons and Outkast. He is looking forward to the music and the camaraderie it brings to festival goers.

“I like the lyrics and the messages [Imagine Dragons and Outkast] put out there for people of all ages to enjoy life and have fun,” commented Mohr. “I will enjoy the fun atmosphere of people of all ages and races coming together simply to make new friends and share their love of music with others.” Mohr will also be helping as a volunteer to escort vip members from stage to stage throughout the day.

Milford resident Jamie Burk will be working at the FireFly Music Festival representing the Knights of Columbus from St. John’s Catholic Church. Serving foods and drinks to raise money for the organization, Burk will be working by the main stage and expects that he will be able to enjoy most of the headlining acts.

“I’ve never been before, I’m looking forward to seeing the Foo Fighters,” said Burk. “I really enjoy the live music scene especially large festivals so I’m looking forward to seeing all the people and soaking in all their energy.” Jamie looks most forward to helping promote lower Delaware to newcomers and he is excited to check out performances by Beck, Big Gigantic, and Imagine Dragons

Delaware Tourism, a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, has been impressed with the growth of the FireFly festival in just two years time. The organization views this year as a tipping point for the festival, placing Delaware on the map for hosting nationally-known music events. “We fully expect Firefly to be bigger, better and even more fun for fans this year,” said Linda Parkowski, director of the Delaware Tourism Office. “This is the year that Firefly rises to the level of prominence that Coachella and other festivals have enjoyed. And for another year, Delaware gets to enjoy the national spotlight, something that helps our image as a great place to visit.”