High temperatures, a tornado watch, and flying tents were not able to stop the success of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. The four day festival is on its fourth year and continues to grow every year not with just the diverse lineup, but with the number of festival goers making their way to Dover International Speedway. This year’s lineup included Paul McCartney, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Zedd, Modest Mouse, Kid Cudi, and Steve Aoiki plus many more!
Along with an extremely diverse lineup, Firefly focuses heavily on the experience and production throughout the festival. It’s almost impossible to see everything Firefly has to offer. With six stages, a silent disco, a full arcade, vendors scattered throughout the festival, Dogfish Head brewery tent, and non-profit organizations such as To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) whose vision is to present hope and find help for people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Chad Moses who is the coordinator of music and events at TWLOHA on Thursday afternoon to talk about the message and experience they are trying to bring to festivals around the country. This was their first year at Firefly, however they plan to be back year after year to help spread their message. TWLOHA is welcomed with open arms from festival goers throughout the country because of the positive message they promote. At this years Firefly festival, TWLOHA gave people the opportunity to write down a positive message, or a story and to post it on the wall at the booth they setup in The Hub where others could come and read or take messages that spoke to them, or that helped them. I asked Chad what message he would like to give people and he said, “It’s a losing battle when you try and tell people to stop doing this versus that, you can’t treat issues as issues themselves, and you have to treat the people with the issues like people, and humanize the issues to better help them. Talk to the parents and the community so that the help can be brought to the community and bring everyone closer together.”
This is one festival you don’t want to miss in years to come, with the growth of attendees each year, a bigger and better lineup is bound to happen again and again. I must commemorate the Firefly staff for organizing such a large festival compared to previous years. I would also like to note that the festival did an amazing job with the safe evacuation of festival goers Saturday night into early Sunday morning due to the tornado watch. It was orderly and was executed without issues. They even were able to bring back some acts that were canceled the night prior such as Steve Aoki in the early afternoon instead of Saturday night.
Missing a few acts due to rain, seeing tents and canopy’s fly away in the high winds didn’t distract from the amazing festival that was had. Make sure this festival is on your radar for next year, and don’t skip out on the presale and early bird tickets, they will sell out again.