In a meeting with the State of Delaware and local press last week, organizers of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE announced that an increased demand in the four-day passes this year has driven the festival to the sold out mark of 90,000 attendees.
“We’ve seen an unprecedented increase each year since Firefly’s inaugural 2012 festival derived from our success in multiple areas,” said Greg Bostrom, Director of Firefly Music Festival. “This, in turn, eliminated our ability to offer single day general admission passes in 2015 as we plan to welcome 90,000 attendees, which will bring us to capacity this year.”
Firefly Music Festival will take place June 18 through 21 at The Woodlands in Dover, DE. Artists heading to The Woodlands include headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, The Killers as well as Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Hozier, Empire of the Sun and Kid Cudi. Nearly 100 additional acts will perform across seven stages during the four-day event.
Last year, 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.
With a crowd expected to reach almost 10% of the total population of the state of Delaware, DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) staff in coordination with the City of Dover Police and Delaware State Police will monitor traffic in and around the Dover vicinity to ensure safe travel for motorists. Due to the large number of patrons attending the festival, Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Road in the vicinity of Dover International Speedway will be closed to through traffic beginning at 10 am on Friday, June 19 until Sunday evening, June 21. At the conclusion of the festival, all roads will be reopened.
DelDOT officials urge motorists to adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available and can be downloaded free at the Google Play and Apple store by searching for “DelDOT”. For real-time traffic information, individuals can visit www.DelDOT.gov, follow them on Facebook, or tune to WTMC 1380 AM for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.
With the input of Firefly fans from around the world, organizers have continued to shape the experience of The Woodlands. “The Arcade debuted in 2012 and this year, it’s bigger and will boast its own bar, transforming it into “The Beercade”. The Dogfish Head Brewery will continue to be a must-see where you can grab a seat and a Firefly Ale while watching a sports game in the air-conditioning that rejuvenates you between shows. The Coffee Shop has evolved and we’re excited to continue to offer acoustic performances for you while you relax and sip on your chosen caffeinated brew. The Headphone Disco will, again this year, reinforce your love for people watching and rocking out with its distinctive vibe,” stated Lauren King Public Relations and Content Development. “Firefly has become the summer weekend we patiently wait for throughout the year. This year, we’ll hit another milestone as we head towards our first sell out with 90,000 fans joining the Firefly community at The Woodlands. As always, we look forward to adjusting the festival with this increase to give you the unforgettable memories you count on us for.”