by AARON MEGAR
Where I’m from in Massachusetts, few people, to my knowledge, have ever heard of the Firefly Music Festival. It started one July weekend in 2012, and this summer will once again be at the Woodland’s of the Dover International Speedway in Delaware, and it is sure to be phenomenal.
Though I’ve never been to a music festival, I like few things more than I do live music, and could not be any more excited for Thursday, June 18th when the journey will begin. But like most other college students, throwing down hundreds of dollars on anything is a very difficult thing to do, and you have to make sure it’s worth it. So that’s why I’ve written 10 good reasons that you have to be at Firefly this summer.
This list is in no particular order:
- Paul McCartney is a Beatle
The Beatles to music are, in my opinion, beyond anybody or anything else in any other industry. Paul McCartney is the face of the Beatles – if you could ever say there is one – and will be on-stage Friday night singing to what I imagine will be the biggest crowd of the entire festival. And not only that, but he is going to perform Beatles songs. There is not a single old dude in music that I’d rather see than Sir Paul McCartney, and I think, after seeing his show, you will probably agree.
- Mad Terps will be there
Like I said, no talk of Firefly in Boston. But I’ve heard a lot of talk about the festival in College Park, and I know at least 20 people that are going to be there in June. I look forward to a lot of Terp-Pride in Dover and I know we’ll be repping the hardest.
3. Kid Cudi
As far a as hip-hop goes, Kid Cudi is my favorite name on the bill. And this is for good reason. Personally, I have been a die-hard Cudi fan since day one, but have never had the opportunity to see him live. Cudi’s music is a more alternative brand of rap, and with that, I expect a more alternative show. Hopefully the setlist will include some of his classics, like “Solo Dolo” and “The Prayer,” but I also look forward to hearing what he brings off of his upcoming album, Man on the Moon Part III. Seeing his name being on the lineup played a major role in my decision to be at Firefly this summer.
4. “Float On” by Modest Mouse
“Float On” may be one of the greatest songs ever. It is certainly one of my favorites. And if you haven’t heard, you gotta check it out, though it may be your best interest to wait to hear it live at Firefly this summer. Modest Mouse’s show will be one of the best that the weekend has to offer, but “Float On” will be the definitive moment of their set list. Simply put, the song is awesome, and it is one of those tracks that take on a greater and more powerful meaning, ascending above all other moments in the band’s show and the rest of the festival.
- An Awesome EDM Lineup
The folks at Red Frog Events who organized this year’s Firefly did a great job of, among other things, acquiring a strong lineup of electronic music producers who will liven up the weekend and make it that much more appealing to a college-age crowd. Among these names are Zedd, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, and The White Panda. Zedd is the most prominent out of the group, being highly recognized for songs like “Clarity,” “Stay the Night,” and his most recent song with Selena Gomez, “I Want You To Know.” All five, however, are sure to put on fun and energetic shows, and for those of you who have never been to an EDM concert, it’s one hell of an experience. When the song drops, regardless of who is behind the DJ table, there are few things better than a massive crowd jumping in unison as music screams through the air. And Firefly will be supplying many of those moments this year.
- A Very Hazy Snoop Dogg show
Because who wouldn’t want to see Snoop Dogg? He’s one of the biggest names in rap history and to see Snoop Dogg live is to experience not only his music, but also an atmosphere unique to Snoop Dogg alone. And by that, I mean that there will be a copious amount of marijuana smoke floating through the air when he’s on-stage, and whether you’re hitting it or not, you WILL get high. Snoop Dogg’s show will be one of the most fun sets of the weekend, and is another great reason to be at Firefly this summer.
- The Killers Will Kill it
Like Kid Cudi, the Killers are another one of my personal favorites, serving as one of the more compelling reasons for me to be at Firefly this summer. I’ve been to a Killers show once before, and though I was battling heavy symptoms of the flu, I still had an awesome night and was amazed by what lead-singer Brandon Flowers and his band were able to do on-stage. I expect only a better show from the Killers this time around, considering that they will be performing in front of a bigger audience and that I will (hopefully) not be sick with the flu.
- Cage the Elephant and Sublime are both dope
These are two really, really cool bands that, whether you know it or not, you’ve definitely jammed out to before. “Come a Little Closer” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant and “Santeria,” “What I Got,” and “Doin’ Time” by Sublime are all songs that, if you somehow haven’t heard yet, you really should take the time to listen to them. They are both bound to put on awesome shows this summer, and are two more reasons to be at Firefly.
- Because what’s better than camping for a weekend with some of your best friends?
If you’ve never been camping with a group of friends, I seriously recommend you do so as soon as you can. It is extremely fun. If you have, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The Firefly camping experience, from what I’ve heard, is something really special and is one of the aspects of Firefly that I’m most looking forward to.
10. All these guys too.
There are so many other great acts coming to Firefly this summer. Sets by bands like Foster the People, Kings of Leon, and Empire of the Sun are at the top of my list, and I’m low-key very excited to see Logic, DJ Mustard, and Chiddy Bang live in concert. Cold War Kids and Matt & Kim are another couple awesome bands, and the list could go on and on if I wanted to bore you with more names of bands that you may not have ever heard of.
Bottom line: it’s a great lineup. Buy a pass for the weekend and I promise you will not regret it.