Firefly Music Festival from A to Z

Like last year, Firefly Music Festival officials are expecting 90,000 people to pass through the gates this weekend. (Submitted photo/Firefly Music Festival)

Like last year, Firefly Music Festival officials are expecting 90,000 people to pass through the gates this weekend. (Submitted photo/Firefly Music Festival)

It may be hard to believe but this is the fifth year for the Firefly Music Festival.

What started out as a three-day event that drew about 30,000 music lovers to the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway has turned into one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country.

Last year saw 90,000 visit us and officials are expecting the same amount of folks this year.

The festival got underway Thursday night but today marks the first of three full days of music and fun.

With that in mind, let’s dive into our annual alphabetical look at the sights and sounds of Firefly 2016.

A — Born Rakim Myers, rapper A$AP Rocky is a member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob, from which he got his name.

His first two albums “Long. Live. A$AP” and “At. Long. Last. A$AP” both debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and have received critical acclaim.

He’s also a fashion icon, having this week become the face of Dior’s fall campaign.

He plays The Backyard Stage Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

B — Blink-182 plays The Main Stage Sunday at 6:45 p.m.

A key band in the pop punk movement, Blink-182 has been through many changes over the years. These days, only one original member, bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, is still with the group.

He is joined by drummer Travis Barker and guitar and vocalist Matt Skiba.

The band’s seventh studio album “California” is set for release July 1.

Best Bets logo CLEAR copyMr. Barker will also play a set on drums at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Treehouse Stage, which has been expanded this year to accommodate more people than in years past.

C — Speaking of stages, The Coffeehouse, which is sponsored by Stubhub, will be in full force this year offering intimate performances by more than 20 artists, many of whom are playing fuller sets on other stages.

The alternative rock band Guster will be the last act on the stage tonight at 9:15 and Firefly veterans Silversun Pickups play it Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Four half-hour sets are also on the docket Sunday.

In addition, StubHub will be giving out VIP upgrades through its StubHub Snapchat handle, allowing fans to make customizable mugs, as well as providing coffee, free Wi-Fi and other amenities.

D — Deadmau5 will have the honor of playing the latest set on The Main Stage in Firefly’s history.

Otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, Deadmau5, the producer and DJ, will deal out his electronic dance music Saturday night/early Sunday from 12:45 to 2 a.m.

His first single in two years, “Snowcone,” was released last month as a digital download.

E — Earth Wind & Fire, the band on the bill with the longest musical history, will light up The Backyard Stage Sunday night at 8 p.m.

Founded in Chicago by the late Maurice White in 1971, Earth Wind & Fire has built an R & B legacy paralleled by few.

Expect to hear familiar hits by longtime members Philip Bailey and Verdine White such as “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star” and “After the Love Has Gone.”

F — Florence + The Machine are Saturday’s other headliner on The Main Stage Saturday, kicking off its set at 10:15 p.m.

The English indie rock band, lead by Florence Welch, hit the ground running with its debut album “Lungs,” which was one of the biggest selling albums of 2009-10.

The group’s third album, “How Big, How Blue, How Wonderful,” was released last year to critical success.

A video of Ms. Welch performing a mini concert for a young fan in hospice who had to miss the band’s Austin, Texas, show due to her illness recently went viral.

G — There is plenty of grub to be had at Firefly this year.

Officials say patrons can expect healthier options, including vegan, gluten free and vegetarian choices.

Local favorites such as Grotto Pizza and Doc Magrogan’s will be on hand along with Chipotle, Graze, Southern Soul and many others.

H — There is also plenty of hops to be had with The Brewery and The Beercade.

Another local favorite, Dogfish Head, will be front and center in the open-air Brewery, serving up Firefly Ale, a Dogfish Head Pale Ale specially brewed for the festival, and some of its other headliners.

The Beercade will test your skills at pinball, Skee-Ball, foosball and other arcade games, while you sip on cocktails and beer.

I — Isaac Gracie will be one of four acts to play The Coffeehouse at 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Gracie is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist who has been described as a mixture of Jeff Buckley and Radiohead.

His newest EP “Songs From My Bedroom” was released in March.

J — You’ll have two chances to catch Jeremy Loops on Saturday — at 2 p.m. at The Backyard Stage and 4 p.m. at The Treehouse Stage.

He is a South African pop singer-songwriter with the real name of Jeremy Hewitt.

He released his debut album “Trading Change” in 2014.

Kings of Leon play Friday night, making up for last year's show that was canceled due to the weather. (Submitted photo)

Kings of Leon play Friday night, making up for last year’s show that was canceled due to the weather. (Submitted photo)

K — Kings of Leon is back for another try this year.

The Nashville rock band had its set wiped out last year when torrential rains evacuated the grounds on the Saturday of the festival.

The three-time Grammy winners last put out an album, “Mechanical Bull,” in 2013 but say they are expected to record this year.

They play The Main Stage tonight at 10:45.

L — Ludacris, aka Chris Bridges, brings his rap persona to The Lawn Stage Sunday at 12:30 p.m. He was originally supposed to play tonight but a change was announced Thursday.

He first gained acclaim in 2000 with his debut album, “Back for the First Time” and has gone on to record hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”

On the big screen, he’s known for acting roles in the Oscar-winning “Crash” and the “Fast and Furious” series.

M — Mumford and Sons help see The Main Stage out Sunday night at 9:15.

The British rock band, which started off with a bluegrass folk sound, has gone more electric in recent years.

Marcus Mumford will bring the British folk rock band Mumford and Sons to the Firefly Music Festival, closing the event the night of June 19. (Submitted photo/Michael Muros)

Marcus Mumford will bring the British folk rock band Mumford and Sons to the Firefly Music Festival, closing the event the night of June 19. (Submitted photo/Michael Muros)

Its last two albums “Babel” and “Wider Mind” both debuted at No. 1 with “Babel” the fastest-selling rock album of the decade.

Electronic music group Major Lazer officially closes out the festival Sunday with a set from 10:45 p.m. to midnight.

N — Night Riots play The Backyard at 3:45 p.m. today and then 8:45 at The Treehouse.

The alternative power punk band draws its influences from a varied source including The Cure, U2, Bruce Springsteen and INXS.

Its biggest hit “Contagious” is off their 2015 album “Howl.”

O — Of Monsters and Men hit The Backyard Stage at 7:15 tonight.

The five-member folk-pop group from Iceland, which played Coachella earlier this year, was featured in this season’s “Game of Thrones” on HBO as musicians.

The band has also played some recent dates with Firefly headliner Florence + The Machine.

P — Campers will want to make good use of The Post this weekend.

Located in several spots around the campgrounds, The Post will feature bathrooms, charging stations for electronic devises, ice kiosks and information to get you through the weekend.


The psychedelic band Quilt play twice at Firefly. (Submitted photo)

Q — Quilt, a four-piece psychedelic indie-rock band from Boston, will be playing Firefly twice Saturday — on the The Lawn Stage at 2 p.m. and The Coffee House at 4:45 p.m.

The band’s third album “Plaza” was released in February and the group has toured all over the world.

R — Folk-based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff plays The Main Stage at 2:45 p.m. Sunday and later that day at 7:30 in The Coffeehouse.

The native Missourian has come to prominence in recent years with his band Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats.

Billboard Magazine has dubbed the unsigned singer-songwriter a “must hear.”

S — The California-based pop-folk duo Strangers You Know kick off Saturday on The Lawn Stage at 12:30 p.m.

It released its latest EP “Loosen Up The Leash” on March 11, which features the single “Used.”

The single has seen support from SiriusXM’s AltNation, featuring it on its Advanced Placement show, as well as Spotify and LA’s Alt987fm, which recently featured Strangers You Know as the May Artist in Residence.

T — Teen Men bring a Delaware influence to Firefly, playing The Lawn today at 12:45.

From Wilmington, Teen Men’s music is a mix of psychedelic guitar, keyboard, samples and electronic.

The group performs in concert with homemade videos synchronized to the music.

U — Like Thursday, rain is in the forecast for today but the rest of the weekend looks great, a far cry from last year’s wet weather.

As a reminder, no umbrellas are allowed inside the festival.

V — Taking a break from the music? How about some volleyball?

Two courts will be in the North Camping Hub of the camping area. The courts will feature tournaments and prizes from Visit Delaware, along with giant Jenga, bocce ball, sand soccer and more.

W — The White Panda makes a return trip to Firefly, playing from 1 to 2 a.m. early Saturday in The Pavilion.

Called “a veritable party-mashup machine” by Entertainment Weekly, The White Panda’s high-energy dance music comes complete with C02 effects, projection design and digitally mastered panda masks.

X — Toyota will have an interactive (e)xhibit running throughout the festival season, which launched at Stagecoach in Indio, California last month and will continue at Firefly this weekend.

The social campaign benefits VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to restoring music education programs in America’s public schools. A $30,000 donation will be given to a designated school, chosen at the end of the six-festival run.

Y — Still want to get some exercise in? The Hub camping areas offer yoga classes each morning to help stay in shape or get ready for another big day.

Z — You’ll perhaps want to catch some zzzzs throughout the day and The Hammock Hangout is the place for that.

Always a popular place, you’ll find a few throughout the grounds where you can take a load off.

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Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is the animated “Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory 3D” and Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the action-comedy “Central Intelligence.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday are the comedies “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and “The Brothers Grimsby” and the horror film “The Forest.”

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