Oh Delaware, what will you think of next? First there was being a state, then having tax free shopping and most recently, chucking pumpkins across an open field. Now? Well brace yourself Mid-Atlantic, another music festival is coming to the area.
This week it was announced that Dover, Delaware will host the Firefly Music Festival, a three day music festival in the immense shadows of Dover Downs- specifically in the area unofficially known as RV Lot 10, but now known as the Woodlands. The festival, happening over the weekend of July 20-22 is produced by the Chicago-based group Red Frog Events and headlined by the Killers, the Black Keys and Jack White. You want to camp? Sure, go ahead. If not, that’s cool. Just like how my wedding is going to be black-tie optional, at Firefly camping is optional. Hell, even a tent is optional as they're offering something called Glamour-camping where all that's required is a suitcase and some marshmallows. They provide the tent! Festival organizers are hoping for about 30,000 people each day and that this festival becomes a yearly occurrence. They also are hoping that the festival puts Delaware on the national scene music map, a desire that prompted some people to acknowledge that Delaware isn't even on a lot of people's regular map, let alone a music scene one. But hey, here's for trying.
Who else is playing? That’s a good question. Firefly features a solid line-up, albeit a mildly confusing one. In addition to the headliners, who each close out one of the festival's nights, Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, the Flaming Lips, Cake, Ok Go, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Philly’s own Chiddy Bang, Mayer Hawthorne, the Head & the Heart and Young the Giant are all scheduled to play. Someone even dusted off the Wallflowers for the show.
Tickets go on sale April 5th and there are a few different options to choose from. Some more acts will be announced as we get closer. For information, you can check out their site.