The 2019 edition of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE commenced on June 21-23, 2019 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. There were several changes made to the festival grounds this year as festival goers arrived to The Great Atlantic Campout. North Hub camping featured a beach theme while South Hub camping involved a NASCAR theme.
The weather was picture perfect for the three day extravaganza. The Firefly, Lawn, and Treehouse stages returned to this year’s festival but also included a couple of new stages. Those new stages were The Prism and The Hideaway. In terms of good eats, a particular themed restaurant was featured on the grounds named Saved By The Max. Saved By The Max had all the 90’s nostalgia you needed for fans of Saved By The Bell.
Day one of the festival featured headliner Panic! at the Disco. It was the band’s first performance in 3 months. Panic’s 90 minute set infused of primarily recent hits and was good overall but lacking the motivation to keep the crowd in tune. The first day also consisted of R&B vets TLC as they rocked the mid-afternoon main stage with hits like No Scrubs and Waterfalls. Other notable performances from day one included Bumpin’ Uglies, Ripe, Tyler the Creator, SHAED, Evan Giia, Bob Moses, Chelsea Cutler and Halfnoise. The night ended with a DJ performance from Zedd.
Day 2 of Firefly featured a short but sweet set from rapper Travis Scott. Lauren Daigle opened the main stage with a gospel choir and performance her single Still Rolling Stones. Festival vets Death Cab for Cutie, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dashboard Confessional and Young the Giant rocked the Saturday crowds. Buzz bands such as Flora Cash, Mansionair, Snail Mail, Rubblebucket, Max Frost, Great Good Fine OK and The Midnight performed in front of both current and new fans.
Passion Pit celebrated the 10th anniversary of their debut album Manners by performing the record in its entirety at Midnight on The Lawn stage. The day danced away with DJ sets from Emo Nite LA, Alison Wonderland, White Panda and Kygo.
Day 3 of Firefly featured the return of Vampire Weekend and Walk the Moon. Other notable performances included AJR, 3LAU, Car Seat Headrest, Nora En Pure, Tyla Yaweh, Nombe, Jukebox the Ghost and Yungblud.
Lovely The Band vocalized their support of pride, abortion and women’s rights. Post Malone and DJ Snake closed out the final day of Firefly.
One last amenity to point out, the craft beers. 2019 saw the return of the Dogfish Head Brewery. Some of the recommended drinks on the menu were the Firefly Ale, Namaste White and the Flaming Lips inspired Dragons & YumYums.
Overall, the 2019 edition of the Firefly Music Festival was a memorable. A 3-day weekend of great performances, eats, beverages, physical sports and beautiful weather create the perfect recipe for any music festival. It would be safe to say that a return to Firefly is definite for next year!