Firefly Music Festival, the east coast’s largest music and camping festival, is returning to The Woodlands in Dover, DE for the sixth year on June 15 through 18, 2017. Along with headliners The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Bob Dylan and His Band, the lineup also features Flume, Weezer, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars and more than 135 additional acts.
“This year’s lineup boasts the most fan-driven acts we’ve ever had mixed with a variety of up and coming artists and chart-topping performers,” says Christiane Pheil, Director of Creative Programming at Firefly Music Festival. “With our dedication to our guest feedback and the new attractions we’ll be rolling out in June, the 2017 festival is drawing the highest level of excitement from our team.”
Michelle Luta of Camden-Wyoming, has been to the festival every year since its inception in 2012. She keeps coming back each summer not only for the musical acts but the atmosphere. “There’s really nothing like immersing yourself in one of the friendliest and most entertaining crowds,” said Luta. “I always look forward to the excitement of the first day in the lines, everyone high-fiving each other and the genuine sense of community you get at Firefly.”
She is most enthusiastic about seeing Muse, Flume, The Weeknd, Bishop Briggs, Snakehips, Phantogram and Kevin Garrett. In addition to the performances, Luta is excited about the experiences that have defined the music festival over the years. “You can steep yourself deep in the thick of the crowd during a show, hang back and eat a delicious meal while watching an artist make your afternoon, rock out at the silent disco, cool off in the DogFish Head tent, or relax in the hammock area,” said Luta. “There is really so much to do, and activities I have yet to check out, that anyone could find some fun to partake in at Firefly.”
The 2017 festival will feature the return of staple Firefly attractions including The Market, The Thicket, The Coffee House presented by StubHub and the Dogfish Head Brewery. Through Firefly’s recently introduced fan-curated approach, new attractions and experiential elements will be introduced as voting concludes in the upcoming weeks.
The Hammer family of Milford, DE will be returning for their fifth year at FireFly as both parents and kids continue their family tradition. “We love live music and the opportunity to see great live bands both known and soon to be known; right in our backyard makes it an easy choice to go,” said Sara-Kate Hammer.
Interested in newer bands like Twenty One Pilots, Hammer plans to camp out a seat to see music legend Bob Dylan. “Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature and it will be fun to see a legend. I am hoping he can deliver a great show,” said Hammer. She is also interested to see what Flume and 30 seconds to Mars bring to the event.
As many Americans are caught up in a news cycle of partisan politics and divisiveness, Hammer believes the FireFly Music Festival is a nice break that everyone can enjoy together.
“The great music and the fun loving crowd provides us all with a little joy and lighthearted fun,” said Hammer. “With all the craziness of the political world right now, the language of music is something we all understand. It’s a great way to see past our differences when we waste a little time together dancing.”
Firefly is once again partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the sixth consecutive year and various initiatives will benefit their Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program. Returning Firefly partners include Bud Light, Toyota, Red Bull and Delaware Tourism and additional partners will be announced leading into the festival. General Admission and VIP pass options went on sale on January 27 at 1pm through FireflyFestival.com. General Admission passes start at $289. Camping packages will also be available for purchase.
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