A walk through the Firefly Music Festival from A to Z

Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott headlines the Firefly Music Festival in Dover on Saturday at 11:15 p.m. Started in 2012, Firefly takes over The Woodlands for an eighth year starting today at noon and going until Sunday. (TNS photos)

Pitch the tent and fire up the tunes — this year’s edition of the Firefly Music Festival gets underway at noon today in the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.

More than 100 acts performing over eight main stages will take over Dover as has been the case around here since 2012.

Now run by AEG Presents out of California, who took over from Red Frog Events of Chicago, the festival offers myriad changes, including a move from four days of music to three.

As has been in the custom in this space for the past few years, let’s go around the grounds alphabetically to see what this year’s Firefly has to offer.

A — Awolnation, the American band, whose music has been described as everything from alternative rock to electropop to pop and dance, released their first studio album, “Megalithic Symphony” in 2011. It featured their most notable hit, “Sail,” which peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Two other albums have followed including their 2018 release “Here Come the Runts,” which peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Rock albums chart.

They play today at 6 p.m. on the main stage.

B — Look, up in the sky. Courtesy of Fruit of the Loom, a “Blimp Eclipse” will provide shade to festival goers on the campsite and festival grounds. Additionally, the brand will bring customizable “Undie Totems” to the festival to help attendees find their friends.

C — Singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler started with a series of covers on Soundcloud that gave way to her own self-written and self-produced work, like 2017’s “Your Shirt,” which cracked the Spotify charts with over 65 million Spotify streams, and her two-part “Sleeping With Roses” mixtape series in 2018. She supported these releases with two sold-out headlining tours around North America just last year.

Recently she collaborated with Jeremy Zucker on their joint EP called “Brent,” out now. She is currently working on her debut LP, set for release later this year.

She performs today at 3:30 on the new Prism stage, next to The Lawn stage where The Backyard used to be.

D — Death Cab for Cutie makes its third appearance at Firefly, the first one being the inaugural year in 2012.

The Washington-based band’s music has been called indie rock, indie pop and alternative rock.

Since its formation, the band has released nine full-length studio albums, four EPs, two live EPs, one live album, and one demo album.

The band’s major-label debut for Atlantic Records, 2005’s “Plans,” went platinum. A ninth studio album, “Thank You for Today,” was released in August 2018.

E — Eating options this year will include 44 vendors total with everything from cheese steaks to grilled cheese, chicken to lobster and pretzels to tacos.

For fans of classic television, the Saved By The Max diner will conjure up memories of the show “Saved by the Bell.”

The eatery will serve burgers, fries, and other diner options but more importantly be styled after the The Max diner on the show and have other “Saved By the Bell” attractions perfect for taking those all-important selfies.

Rapper and singer Post Malone wraps up Firefly Sunday on the main stage at 9:30 p.m.

F — Flora Cash is a Swedish-American indie pop duo consisting of Shpresa Lleshaj and Cole Randall.

They released, “Can Summer Love Last Forever?” in March 2016. The seven-song mini-LP earned them nominations for two awards as Swedish Artist of the Year and Swedish Newcomer of the Year. Their new EP “Press” is out now.

They perform Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Treehouse and 2:45 at the Toy ota Music Den.

G — One of the big additions this year is The Great Atlantic Campout, with North and South camping and each location offering access to the venue, a vehicle pass and special activities and musical acts, which started Thursday night.

They will each feature different amenities but include activities like daily yoga, panels, speakers and meet and greets, silent discos, intramural sports, Spruce Up stations and permanent showers as well as a farmer’s market, general store, Bloody Mary bar and shuttles between North and South camping. North camping is sold out. South camping is still available.

Brendon Urie, front man of the band Panic at the Disco!, will be in Dover tonight with the band. They play the main stage at 11. Their current tour is in support of the group’s sixth studio album “Pray for the Wicked.” It began in Minneapolis on July 11, 2018, and is set to conclude in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 3.

H — Across the grounds from the main stage is the Hideaway presented by Pandora. It starts hosting music at 1:30 today with Bea Miller and will host shows throughout the weekend, going until 1:30 a.m. tonight and Saturday and 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

Other acts include The Nude Party, Lil Mosey, Kid Quill, Snail Mail and Hop Along.

I — Iced-cold beer will be flowing during Firefly with the signature brew being Dogfish Head’s Firefly Ale.

Back this year, the official craft brew of Firefly is an English-style pale ale brewed with Marris Otter barley and English heritage hops. To add a fruity and citrusy aroma, there’s a late addition of American Calypso hops.

J — Jpegmafia wraps things up at the Hideaway tonight starting at 12:15 a.m.

The Baltimore rapper and record producer delivered a 2018 album “Veteran,” that earned praise from critics nationwide.

Following a number of mixtapes, he released his debut studio album, “Black Ben Carson,” in 2016. Four months later, he released a collaborative EP with fellow Baltimore-based rapper Freaky titled “The 2nd Amendment.”

K — Born Mikaela Straus, King Princess is a Brooklyn singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

In February, 2018, she released her debut single “1950,” a tribute to the 1952 novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith and the LGBTQ community. The song reached a wide audience when British singer Harry Styles tweeted a lyric from the song.

On June 15, 2018, she released her debut extended play “Make My Bed.” Later that year, she earned Breakout Pop Artist of the Year honors from Vivid Seats.

She performs on the main stage Saturday at 5:15.

L — Fresh off an appearance last summer at the Delaware State Fair Lauren Daigle returns to First State and is first on the main stage Saturday at 2 p.m.

Ms. Daigle joins Kesha as the only two performers to play both events.

The contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter released her debut album, “How Can It Be,” in 2015. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, and produced three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart.

Her third studio album, “Look Up Child,” was released in September 2018. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the single “You Say,” it went on to debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the highest-charting Christian album by a woman in over 20 years, and No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart. The album and single earned Ms. Daigle two Grammy Awards.

M — MAX will play The Hideaway: Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

The rising pop star’s latest single “Love Me Less” has gotten over 20 million streams on Spotify alone, and is getting streamed over 700,000 times per day. It’s sitting at No. 36 on Top 40 pop radio at the moment, and is now in the top 15 on the platform’s largest playlist Today’s Top Hits.

Kohl Wileczek and Mya Hernadez sit in a hammock near the Lawn stage during the Firefly Music Festival at the Woodlands of Dover last year. (Delaware State News file photo/Marc Clery)

N — The North Hub Beach Club is new this year. In the campground, the entire massive area is covered in sand. Music will be ongoing with a Tiki bar, a volleyball court and a permanent shower building.

O — The Orphan The Poet makes a return to Firefly, having been in 2017.

The Dayton, Ohio alternative rockers are comprised of David Eselgroth (vocals/guitar), Dakota Johnson (guitar), Jake Floyd (bass), and Sam Gordon (drums).

They have released three EPs and have toured the country with bands such as Conditions, Dance Gavin Dance, Artifex Pereo, I the Mighty, Mike Mains and the Branches, as well as playing various festivals.

They play Sunday at 2:15 in the Toyota Music Den.

P — Panic at the Disco! and Post Malone are headliners this weekend.

Panic at the Disco!, which plays tonight on the big stage starting at 11 p.m., is a rock band from Las Vegas, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, vocalist Mr. Urie has been the only official member of the band, with drummer Dan Pawlovich, bassist Nicole Row, and guitarist Mike Naran accompanying him on tour.

They have been known to change their sound each album. Musically, they have been described as pop, punk, emo, dance and even vaudeville.

Their current tour is in support of the group’s sixth studio album “Pray for the Wicked.” It began in Minneapolis on July 11, 2018, and is set to conclude in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 3.

Post Malone winds things up on the main stage Sunday starting at 9:30 p.m.

The rapper, songwriter and record producer has gained acclaim for blending musical genres including pop, rap and rock.

His debut studio album “Stoney” in 2016 peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was eventually certified triple platinum. His second album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and broke several streaming records. The album opened to critical acclaim and contained the U.S. chart-topping songs “Rockstar” and “Psycho.” It was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys.

Q — For quiet, the are three Silent Discos locations this year, in The South Hub, the North Hub Beach Club, and in the festival venue at The Thicket.

Lauren Daigle, a contemporary Christian artist who played the Delaware State Fair last year, will be back in the area this year playing at the Firefly Music Festival Saturday. (Delaware State News file photo)

Attendees can grab headphones and listen to scheduled acts all day while enjoying your own dance party.

R — Kicking things off on the main stage today at 2:15 is The Record Company.

The Los Angeles-based rock band is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a Ludwig drum kit and the vocals of Chris Vos.

They have had two No. 1 Adult Alternative hits with “Off the Ground” in 2016 and “Life to Fix” in 2018.

S — Travis Scott headlines Saturday night on the main stage at 11:15 p.m.

The rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer may be best known as the boyfriend to Kylie Jenner and father of their Stormi Webster.

But he has six Grammy nominations, including three last year, two for the song “Sicko Mode” and one for the album “Astroworld.”

T — Firefly is kicking it old school with the appearance of TLC at 4 p.m. today on the main stage.

TLC is the best-selling American girl group and second worldwide to the English group Spice Girls. VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s.

The Grammy-winning act is best known for songs including “Creep,” “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.”

U — Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a psychedelic rock band primarily composed of singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson, and bassist Jake Portrait.

They have released five LPs and racked up a host of awards in their native New Zealand.

They play at The Hideaway tonight starting at 9:45.

V — Vampire Weekend returns to haunt Firefly. They were a co-headliner with Foster the People in 2013.

Currently on a world tour in support of their latest LP, “Father of The Bride,” the indie rockers’ third studio album, “Modern Vampires of the City” in 2013, won the group a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014.

They play the main stage Sunday at 7 p.m.

W — Walk the Moon also return to Firefly, having played in 2012 and 2015.

The Cincinnati rockers are best known for their song “Shut Up and Dance” and the albums “Talking is Hard” and their most recent “What if Nothing,” released in 2017.

They play at 8:15 p.m. Sunday on The Lawn.

X — X Ambassadors make a return to Dover after playing on the Dover Air Force Base for personnel last Labor Day weekend. They also played Firefly in 2015 and then a free concert prior to a NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway later that year.

The Ithaca, New York rock band’s most notable songs include “Jungle,” “Renegades”, and “Unsteady.” The group’s debut full-length album, “VHS,” was released in 2015. They released four singles in 2017: “Hoping,” “Torches,” “The Devil You Know” and “Ahead of Myself.” They put out their latest album “Orion” last week.

They play on The Lawn tonight at 9:30.

Y — Portland-based producer and funk artist Yung Bae plays The Prism today at 2:30 p.m.

He just had a standout performance at Coachella and recently shared his new disco-infused single “Must Be Love” from his album “Bae 5” due for release next week.

Z — Russian DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Zedd performs tonight at The Prism at 12:30 a.m.

In 2012, he released “Clarity” (featuring Foxes), which propelled him to mainstream success, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys.

Later in 2012, he released his debut studio album “Clarity,” with the hit single “Stay the Night” (featuring Hayley Williams) appearing on the 2013 deluxe edition of the album.

In 2015, his second studio album “True Colors” was released, supported by its lead single “I Want You to Know” featuring Selena Gomez. Subsequent well-known songs include “Stay” with Alessia Cara, “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey, and, as a featured artist, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande.

That’s how this year’s Firefly shakes out. You can still get single-day or weekend passes at FireflyFestival.com.

Now Showing

New this weekend in theaters is “Toy Story 4,” a remake of the horror film “Child’s Play” with Delaware’s own Aubrey Plaza, the horror comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” and the suspense-thriller “Anna.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is the live-action version of “Dumbo.”

To share news of your entertainment group, venue or event, contact Craig Horleman at 741-8224 or chorl@newszap.com.

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