On Wednesday, February 25, officials from the Firefly Music Festival announced the addition of Paul McCartney to the 2015 lineup. It will be Paul’s first ever appearance in Delaware and the latest confirmed date of this year’s Out There tour. The Out There tour features his most popular music as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career, as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.
“We’re not only excited, but honored, to have Paul McCartney join us at The Woodlands this year,” says Firefly Music Festival Director Greg Bostrom. “With his addition, this year’s lineup is our most exciting one yet.”
Debbie Clendaniel of Ellendale, DE was excited to hear the news this week and plans on seeing McCartney’s performance during the festival. “He is an icon to an era that will never be again,” said Clendaniel. “He and the Beatles sang about freedom and love for one another. I listened to him growing up. This is like a once in a lifetime.” This will be Debbie’s first year at Firefly although her son and his friends go each year.
Firefly Music Festival will take place June 18 through 21 at The Woodlands of Dover, DE. In addition to Paul McCartney, artists heading to The Woodlands the weekend of June 18 through 21 include Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Hozier, Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi and nearly 100 additional acts performing across seven stages.
Last year, the four‐day Firefly Music Festival contributed more than $68 million to the regional economy and created the equivalent of 579 full‐time jobs in 2014, according to a study conducted by the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research, part of the Alfred Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware. In addition, state, local and federal tax contributions as a result of the June 19 to 22, 2014 event at Dover International Speedway totaled $9.9 million.
Firefly officials state that The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity. “…in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Recent years have seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space.” The tour also uses state of the art technology and production with massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content.
General Admission passes for Firefly Music Festival will go on sale Monday, March 2 through FireflyFestival.com with VIP pass options available Friday, Feb. 27. The 2015 full lineup can be found at