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Firefly Music Festival 2014, Delaware

WHERE: Dover, Delaware
WHEN: 18th
- 21st June 2015
WEBSITE: http://fireflyfestival.com

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2014 Review

Firefly does a great job of creating a world-class music viewing experience. With two large stages, three medium stages and four smaller stages, festivalgoers had a variety of selections to enjoy. Each stage offered perfect sound thanks to added speaker towers. The visual display was also on point; each act had a unique look to add to the show. Overall, Firefly was a great place to watch music.

Firefly Festival stage 2014
The Firefly crowd was really enjoyable to be around. Everyone was polite and it was clear that they were excited to see all acts. The thing this crowd did better than almost any festival I have been to is show up early. It seemed like almost everyone was in the venue by 2pm every day, which is hours earlier than other festivals.

The food at Firefly was freaking incredible. There were a huge variety of vendors that were located all around the venue so you were always close to your next meal. I was also impressed by Firefly's decision to have mobile beer sellers whom wandered the crowd with cold beer; this worked very well.

Firefly Festival Market 2014
If you choose to camp at Firefly then it's a mixed bag as well (I was in lot 18). On the good side there was a late night stage, a silent disco and plenty of delicious food vendors. On the bad side they only put in one group of porta-potties for everyone to use. This left a long walk for people to go to the bathroom, which meant they all just headed to the surrounding trees to do their business.

Nowadays art installations are becoming more popular at festivals and this was something that was missing at FireFly. There was one section of the trees that they lit up and there were also a couple Firefly cutouts you could take your picture in front of, but there just wasn't anything that blew your mind like you see at some other festivals.

Firefly Festival Photo Opportunity 2014
Firefly did a pretty good job with organization. The music stayed on schedule and the program was really well done, but there were lines to get water and go to the bathroom on the mainstage side of the festival. Any knowledgeable festivalgoer just planned their water fill-ups and bathroom trips correctly to avoid the line. I also want to give special mention to the arcade / game room - it was a hit!  

Firefly Festival Games Room 2014
Firefly made a clear effort to be green. They gave each car entering the campgrounds plastic bags for trash and recycling. They also had a slew of volunteers roaming the festival and picking up trash, which did an acceptable job of keeping the venue clean. However, it wasn't completely great because only a few trashcans were accompanied with recycle bins. It also was not uncommon to see a trashcan overflowing with trash amongst festival grounds.

Firefly Festival Relax area 2014
Overall, Firefly was a really great music festival. Getting to watch your favorite acts on their beautiful stages with perfect sound created a really fun music-driven festival experience. Firefly is going to get a 4 star rating. They can accomplish that final star by providing more bathrooms and water refill stations, as well as committing to bringing in art to help achieve that magical glow that all festivals should have.

Review: Tucker Gumber aka ‘The Festival Guy’
www.thefestivalguy.com  / www.festevo.com
Photos: Firefly

Line Up

2015 line up coming soon

Festival Info

Firefly Music Festival is the East Coast's premier music experience. Firefly offers three days of unforgettable musical performances, enhanced dining options and interactive entertainment set among lush wooded landscapes in the heart of the East Coast.

Firefly welcomes over 40 of rock and popular music's biggest acts to The Woodlands, an immaculate 87-acre festival ground surrounded by lush forest. Centrally located in Dover, Delaware and steps from shopping, hotels, gaming and restaurants, The Woodlands are the ideal backdrop for the East Coast's new summer tradition.

Firefly Music Festival Line Up - 2014
Band of Horses, Beck, Big Gigantic, Bleachers, Cage the Elephant, Cakes da Killa & Sene Downtown Club, Chance the Rapper, Cherub, Childish Gambino, City and Colour, Courtney Barnett, DRGN King, Dan Croll, F. Strokes, Foo Fighters, Geographer, Girl Talk, Goldroom, Grouplove, Imagine Dragons, Iron and Wine, Jack Johnson, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Khari Mateen, Kodaline, Local Natives, Lucius, MS MR, Magic Man, Martin Garrix, Mike Taylor, New Politics, Nothing the Tontons, OutKast, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Portugal. the Man, Pretty Lights, RAC, San Fermin, Shakey Graves, Sky Ferreira, Sleeper Agent, Sleigh Bells, Smallpools, Son Lux, Tegan and Sara, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Lumineers, The Mowglis, Third Eye Blind, Twenty One Pilots, Typhoon, Vance Joy, Vic Mensa, Walk Off the Earth, Washed Out, Weekender, Weezer, Wild Cub, Young the Giant, tune-yards

Firefly Music Festival Line Up - 2013
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty &, The Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Avett Brothers, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Mgmt, Ellie Goulding, Dispatch, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Grizzly Bear, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Big Gigantic, Azealia Banks, Zedd, Matt & Kim, Public Enemy, Dr. Dog, The Joy Formidable, Japandroids, Krewella, The Walkmen, Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra, Toro Y Moi, Lp, Atlas Genius, Django Django, Dan Deacon, Crystal Fighters, Dragonette, Manufactured Superstars, Action Bronson, Youngblood Hawke, Lord Huron, Wild Belle, The White Panda, Zz Ward, St. Lucia, Haim, Foxygen, Capital Cities, A Silent Film, Kishi Bashi, Kopecky Family Band, The Apache Relay, The Chevin, Selah Sue, Twenty One Pilots, Blondfire, The Royal Concept, Chvrches, The Neighbourhood, Imaginary Cities, Robert Delong, Conner Youngblood, Jc Brooks And The Uptown Sound, Delta Rae, Hey Marseilles, Young Empires, The Last Bison, The Wheeler Brothers, Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds, The Spinto Band, Leagues, Trails And Ways, The Last Royals, Jim James

Firefly Music Festival Line Up - 2012
The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Cake, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk, YOUNG THE GIANT, OK Go, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Cold War Kids, Tinie Tempah, The Wallflowers, Chiddy Bang, AWOLNATION, The Head and the Heart, Grouplove, Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, CULTS, Graffiti6, Allen Stone, Walk the Moon, Blind Pilot, The Felice Brothers, Heartless Bastards, Mariachi El Bronx, Matt Costa, Reptar, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Ra Ra Riot, Imagine Dragons, Kids These Days, Penguin Prison, Bassnectar, Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Polica, The Knocks, Moon Taxi, Turf War, and Lower Case Blues, Modest Mouse

How to get there

Wherever you are on the East Coast, you're not far from Dover. Look below for easy directions from your driveway to our back yard.

70 miles from Center City Philadelphia.

From Philadelphia and Trenton areas, take I-95 South to I-495 South to Exit 1, the US 13 South exit.
Follow US 13 South to split with Route 1 South, then Route 1 South to Exit 104 (toll 50 cents, exact change only at right).
Left on US 13 South, track is about 2 miles on your left.
From Baltimore and Washington DC
50 miles from the Bay Bridge.

From areas west of the Bay Bridge, take U.S. 50/301 across the Bay Bridge.
Follow US 301 North to Maryland Route 302 (right turn at mile marker 102).
Turn right on Maryland Route 454 at Templeville. Route 454 becomes Route 6 when you cross the Delaware state line.
In Dover, turn left on the US 13 North. Dover Downs is about 2 miles on your right.


45 miles from the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

From New York, New Jersey and New England, take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Cross the bridge and take US 13 South exit.
Follow US 13 South to split with Route 1 South, then Route 1 South to Exit 104 (toll 50 cents, exact change only at right).
Left on US 13 South, track is about 2 miles on your left.

170 miles from the Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

At Norfolk, cross the Bay Bridge-Tunnel and follow US 13 North all the way to Dover.
Dover Downs is 2 miles north Downtown on the right.
80 miles from the Valley Forge Exit.

From areas served by the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take the Turnpike east to the Valley Forge exit, then US 202 South to US 13 South.
Follow US 13 South to split with Route 1 South, then Route 1 South to Exit 104 (toll 50 cents, exact change only at right).
Left on US 13 South, track is about 2 miles on your left.

325 miles from Pittsburgh.

From areas served by I-76 E, take I-76 to exit 247 to merge onto I-283 N.
Take exit 1A and merge onto U.S. 30 E/U.S. Route 30 E.
Turn right onto PA-41 S/Gap Newport Pike.
Take the ramp to PA-7 then turn right onto Limestone Rd.
Turn right onto DE-4 W/DE-7 S/Main St/Stanton Christiana Rd.
Follow US 13 South to split with Route 1 South, then Route 1 South to Exit 104 (toll 50 cents, exact change only at right).
Left on US 13 South, track is about 2 miles on your left.


400 miles from Buffalo's Center.

From areas served by the ON-405 E and the I-190 Skyway, take the I-190 S//I-90/NY-5/Skyway.
Exit onto I-90 W toward Erie.
Take exit 54 to merge onto NY-400 S.
Take the U.S. 20 A/NY-78 exit toward E Aurora.
Turn right onto NY-36 S/Mt/ Morris Rd.
Turn right to merge onto I-390 S.
Merge onto I-86 E/NY-17 E/Southern Tier Expy.
Merge onto I-81 S.
Take exit 194 for I-476 S/Pennsylvania Turnpike S/US-6 W.
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-476/Allentown and merge onto I-476 S. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-95 S/Chester and merge onto I-95 S.
Take exit 4A for DE-7 S.
Follow US 13 South to split with Route 1 South, then Route 1 South to Exit 104 (toll 50 cents, exact change only at right).
Left on US 13 South, track is about 2 miles on your left.

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