The fifth annual Firefly Music Festival took place June 16 through 19 at The Woodlands in Dover, DE as 90,000 tickets were sold for the four-day event.Along with headliners Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & The Machine, and Deadmau5, the lineup also includes Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Tame Impala, The 1975, A$AP Rocky, Of Monsters and Men, Major Lazer, Chvrches, and more than 100 additional acts. Met with beautiful weather, festival fans enjoyed over 40 hours of live entertainment and attractions such as the Dogfish Head Brewery, The Beercade, The Coffee House, The Market, The Thicket, and Hammock Hangout.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell was seen in the crowds at Firefly. On Friday, Markell hosted a press conference to talk about the success of the Firefly Music Festival and its impact on Delaware. Thanking the event organizers Red Frog Events, Markell stated, “We’re so grateful to you for having this vision. This is going to define Delaware for years and years to come.”
Event organizers and the State of Delaware are excited to evaluate the ongoing economic impact of Firefly Music Festival as in 2014 year the festival contributed more than $68 million to the regional economy and created the equivalent of 579 full‐time jobs, 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 2014 event at Dover International Speedway totaled $9.9 million.
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Whether a festival veteran or a newcomer to the festival scene, Firefly was filled wth fans that enjoyed diverse styles of music. Prince Kemmerlin of Milford, DE has traveled to and camped at Firefly every year since its inception but last year. “My favorite performance was The 1975. They’re a pop, punk, funk band from England. It’s not often they come to the US so i had to see them,” said Kemmerlin. “The show was worth the wait until Sunday. They played crisp, together, and the light show was amazing. I was very pleased.”
Kemmerlin’s favorite experience of the week was the Beercade. “It’s a place where you can cool off from the weather, grab a beer, and play arcade that we all grew up on for free,” he said. “The best part is connecting with old friends that are able to attend from out of state and meeting new people. It’s a very friendly atmosphere.” Kemmerrlin plans to return next year. “As a big music enthusiasts, they always bring in the less known bands that i really enjoy. I’ve seen bands like Japandroids and Jack Abbott, who I had previously never heard of. I enjoy looking at the schedule, seeing something I’ve never heard of and then being shocked by how amazing they are. This show has introduced me to some of my recent favorites.”
Leigh Ann Rossetti of Milford, DE, attended Firefly for her first time this year. “This was my first year, all my friend convinced me to go as a last kind of hoorah before we all went off to college,” she said. “My favorite performance was hands down Ellie Goulding. she was just so flawless and sounded even better live.”
In addition to the tradition live performance, Rosetti’s favorite experience was at The Thicket, a silent dance party, where two DJs perform as everyone wears headphones and jams to either station. “It’s so much fun, she sadi. “I plan to go back next year.”