Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. Underway: Friday Band Scene
The four-day Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. kicked off Thursday evening with good bands and great times.
Teen Men from Wilmington, Del. started the fun on Friday afternoon at the Lawn Stage with the bands most popular hits, Hiding Records and Adventure Kids, among others. The Woodlands crowd sang and danced along as the Delaware band took down the house.
Teen Men is made up of of two musicians Nick Krill and Joe Hobson and two artists, Albert Birney and Catharine Maloney. The Delaware band puts out a mix of ‘melodic-psychedelic guitar, keyboard, samples and electronic/ambient tones.’
The four-man group prides themselves on the ability to be both dreamy and concise in their songs, reflecting a love of pop music and a dedication to song craft. Teen Men’s Firefly Music Festival performance was done with a home made interactive video synchronized to music, resembling a public access TV art project.
This English rock band made the crowd go wild.
The Wombats, formed in Liverpool in 2003, are comprised of Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Tord Øverland Knudsen. After selling more than one million copies worldwide, the turnout for the Firefly Music Festival show was no surprise.
The Wombats, who are signed to 14th Floor Records, played all their hits including Your Body Is A Weapon, 1996 and Jump Into The Fog.
Civil Twilight, originally from South Africa and currently in Nashville, TN, took a trip to Dover, Del. just to be with the Firefly Music Festival crowd.
Civil Twilight spent their Friday afternoon set at the intimate Porch Stage, performing Letters From The Sky, River, Holy Dove and more. As people from the festival wandered over to the stage, intrigued by the unique sound of Civil Twilight’s melodies, it was clear the band was in its element.
The four-piece rock band, originally from from Cape Town, South Africa, consists of brothers Andrew and Steven McKeller, plus Richard Wouters, and Kevin Dailey. The group is signed to Wind-up Records, and have released three studio albums; Civil Twilight, Holy Weather, and Story of an Immigrant.
If you didn’t catch Vince Staples‘ Friday afternoon performance, you missed out.
Vince Staples, a 22-year-old American rapper from Long Beach, California, is one-third of the hip hop group Cutthroat Boyz, alongside fellow California rappers Joey Fatts and Aston Matthews. Staples maintained the same level of energy from the time he took the stage until the time he left—the audience followed suit.
While Staples jumped around, the crowd bobbed their heads to songs like Lift Me Up, Blue Suede and Fire. Staples has worked alongside Odd Future in the past, namely Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt. Currently signed to Blacksmith Records, ARTium Recordings and Def Jam Recordings. Staples was a crowd pleaser.
Fitz & The Tantrums
The American soul, indie pop band from Los Angeles took Dover, Del. by storm.
Fitz & The Tantrums formed in 2008 and debuted their studio album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces in 2010. Known as the “band to watch” by Rolling Stone, there’s no surprise Fitz and The Tantrums filled up the Main Stage lawn.
The large band consists of Michael Fitzpatrick on lead vocals, Noelle Scaggs on co-lead vocals and percussion, James King on saxophone, flute, keyboard, percussion and guitar, Joseph Karnes on bass guitar, Jeremy Ruzumna on keyboards and John Wicks on drums and percussion.
Of Monsters & Men
The five-member, indie folk-pop band, Of Monsters & Men took the Backyard Stage at Firefly Music Festival on Friday evening for an unforgettable performance.
The five-member band from Iceland performed hit songs including debut single Little Talks, as well as Dirty Paws, Mountain Sound and more during the hour performance. Of Monsters & Men is made up of lead singer and guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer-guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson.
The band took the Woodlands by storm, with a roaring crowd from start to finish.
The Irish-American seven-piece band, Flogging Molly, put on a performance you couldn’t believe.
Flogging Molly took the Lawn Stage at Firefly Music Festival just after 7 p.m. on Friday and the crowd couldn’t wait. Instead of the typical ‘USA’ chants throughout the crowd, every one yelled Ireland. Let’s just say the security team earned their keep during this performance, taming the crowd and lifting ‘crowd surfers’ out of the air.
The Celtic punk band from Los Angeles is led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. Flogging Molly performed several songs including Drunken Lullabies, Devils Dance Floor and If I Ever Leave This World Alive.
Signs for Gallant filled the Firefly Music Festival grounds on Friday for the American singer-songwriter’s performance at the Porch Stage.
It was no surprise the crowd was enthused to hear someone from a nearby city, Columbia, Md., play at such a large music festival. Gallant is signed to Mind of a Genius/Warner Bros. Records. The singer-songwriter hit the big time with his self-released his debut EP, Zebra, in 2014.
A few crowd favorite’s of Gallant were Weight In Gold, Bourbon and Open Up.
Although Ellie Goulding wasn’t Friday night’s headliner, you would’ve thought she was judging by the crowd.
Ellie took the Main stage on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and came out to a full house. As the crowd sang along to favorites like On My Mind, Something In The Way You Move and Lights, it was obvious the vibe was real.
Ellie is an English singer and songwriter. Her career began when she met record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R.
Kings of Leon
It was the moment festival goers had been waiting for all day.
Kings of Leon were Friday night’s headliners and the crowd showed up as such—let’s just say it was a sold out show. The American rock band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill.
The four-person band played its usual alternative, arena rock sound, including hit songs like Use Somebody, Closer and Sex on Fire.
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