Electronic Music Cuts Through Firefly Music Festival’s Indie Focus in 2014

June 17th, 2014


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June’s camp-fest continues this week with Delaware’s pride and joy Firefly Music Festival. The three-year-old camping festival combines American influences in music, fun, and (best of all) food, for a fully rounded experience that draws a diverse crowd for a weekend of music, art, and mid-Atlantic pride. Taking place over 154 acres including the Dover International Speedway, Firefly incorporates indie, folk, country, pop and electronic music alongside arts and crafts, local vendors, and a full-on camping experience. With seven stages (named The Porch, The Backyard, The Big Break, The Forest, The Coffeehouse, The Lawn, and the Firefly Main Stage), local music showcases, and a lineup extending to a fourth day for the first time, Firefly is sure to please this year.



Thursday and Friday highlight the best of Firefly’s indie and folk artists, incorporating pop and country throughout all five stages. Electronic acts aren’t thrown into the mix until Friday’s night time lineup. Firefly dives head-first into the EDM scene with A-Trak ‘s newest Duck Sauce dance project – and hopefully his heavy hip hop beats and an appearance from some Dipset friends – before transitioning quickly into mashup delights from Girl Talk and pop-punk-turned-house-princes Cash Cash.
Saturday stays tame in terms of EDM, though the night closes out with two different electronic sets. From 12:15 AM to 1:45 AM, Pretty Lights will be playing The Backyard – which comes as no surprise to seasoned festival-goers. His performances have become a festival standard, as he’s made his rounds at nearly every North American festival in the past four years. The fest mogul will be sure to provide a relaxing experience with his glitchy mixture of electronic and soul, setting the stage for the night’s last performance. From 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM, The White Panda will be delivering their signature mash-ups to The Porch. The duo wraps the night up with a balance of high-powered driven beats and relaxing melodies. Their inventive blends of hip hop, electronic, and top 40 tracks are an ideal closing set, drawing in a diverse crowd to cap out the night.
Sunday promises a more diverse lineup, with multiple genres represented throughout the day and plenty electronic sub-genres in the evening. Indie transitions into electronic around sundown, when Cherub takes stage at The Forest. The funk-driven duo incorporates small electronic influences into their 80’s-inspired pop, paving the way for Firefly’s remaining electro acts.
Big-room house’s “new kid on the block,” 18-year-old Martin Garrix, plays The Porch’s last set of the weekend, riding off his “Animals” tour and showcasing new sounds, like his latest single “Gold Skies” with Sander Van DoornDVBBS, and Aleesia. The full festival ends with a set from Big Gigantic, the jam-band-inspired “livetronica” group, offering a chill send-off that fans of all genres can appreciate.

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Camping options are highly recommended by Firefly officials, as the festival spans throughout the woods and the speedway. While attendees can choose to stay in nearby hotels, Firefly continues after dark in the campgrounds, including silent discos, campground performances, and more. Firefly offers six different camping options, split into tent, RV, and “glamping” categories. Basic tent camping allows a 10×30 foot space for up to five people (plus parking) from Thursday to Sunday, while premier tent camping offers a closer location to festival grounds and early camping on Wednesday night. RV camping offers the same accommodations for both standard/premier options, with the added luxury of extra space and up to eight guests. RV guests can also opt for Super RV camping, located on the Dover International Speedway, which includes complimentary servicing and RV Hookups. Glamping options are top-tier, offering up to two guests air-conditioned tents and two cots with blankets and pillows (though premium glamping includes beds), a power source, Glamping Lounge access, complimentary shower fast passes, private restroom facilities, and access to The Post for cell phone charging stations, ice sales, and water refills. Premium glampers get the added benefit of private bathrooms and food vouchers. All camping options include at minimum four days and five nights of camping as well as access to shower facilities, a general store, food trucks, cell phone charging stations and morning and late-night entertainment.

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A new, innovative bonus that sets Firefly apart is its handy app for festival planning. The app, available for iPhone and Android, comes with a full map of the campgrounds and woodlands, including booths, first aid, and stages, as well as interactive capabilities. Users can “like” their favorite artists and plan their schedule for the weekend, share photos of their experience, activate their wristband before they arrive, and more. There is even a “Festival Experience” tab that displays all merchandisers, so festival-goers with dietary restrictions know where their vegetarian, gluten-free, or allergy-free options are.
Single-day GA and VIP tickets are still available, as well as general camping options. Check the full schedule and lineup here.


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A Great Big World
The Airborne Toxic Event
American Authors
Amos Lee
Andrew Belle
Arctic Monkeys
Asaf Avidan
Bad Things
Band Of Horses
Basic Vacation
Breach The Summit
Bronze Radio Return
Cage The Elephant
Cash Cash
Chance The Rapper
Childish Gambino
Christian Porter
City And Colour
Courtney Barnett
Dan Croll
Foo Fighters
Gemini Club
Girl Talk
Gregory Alan Isakov
Hey Rosetta!
High Highs
Hunter Hunted
Imagine Dragons
Iron & Wine
Jack Johnson
Jake Bugg
John & Jacob
Kaiser Chiefs
Little Comets
Little Daylight
Local Natives

Magic Man
Martin Garrix
Mean Lady
New Politics
New Sweden
Pigpen Theatre Co
Portugal. The Man
Pretty Lights
Royal Teeth
Saints Of Valory
San Fermin
Shakey Graves
Sir Sly
Sky Ferreira
Sleeper Agent
Sleigh Bells
Son Lux
Step Rockets
Stop Light Observations
Tegan And Sara
The Ceremonies
The Colourist
The Lumineers
The Mowgli’s
The Weeks
The White Panda
The Wild Feathers
Third Eye Blind
Twenty One Pilots
Unlikely Candidates
Vance Joy
Vic Mensa
Walk Off The Earth
Washed Out
White Denim
Wild Child
Wild Cub
X Ambassadors
Young The Giant
Ziggy Marley



  Written by contributor Sarah Ribeiro. Find her on Twitter here. Photos by Briana Raucci.

With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.