Firefly Music Festival Experience 2016
Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware is for all ages and encompasses all genres. The fest brings a lively crowd and an impressive mix of artists. This year was my first Firefly experience and it was everything that I had hoped for and more so I had to put the incredible weekend into words for my all my fellow festival goers! Enjoy! Camping in Premier has the bonus of private performances on Wednesday night. If you are camping, don’t forget to bring portable chargers! I had to admire all of the crazy camp setups at Firefly. They were incredible. There was everything from pop-up tents in truck beds with attached showers to custom made corn hole games. I even found a homemade face-in-a-hole for photos!
The vendors at Firefly this year were legit. Chacos sandals had 3D vision goggles that put you an immersive environment where you felt as if you were in a different reality. Toyota brought in a company to dip festival goers’ arms in marble paint. Plus, Dark Horse Winery had free wine tastings, air brush tattoos, and an upper level viewing deck of the lawn stage. Not to mention, I stumbled into a Malibu sponsored event with a pop up DJ set and free pina coladas!! SCORE! There are so many great food vendors at Firefly that are reasonably priced with most meals under $10. I tried many different foods while at Firefly including the Peace Love Tacos, a gouda grilled cheese, some pierogis, and a Mediterranean chicken bowl. While wandering, I discovered a rad tequila truck that mixed margaritas on the spot and an air conditioned beer tent with an arcade inside and a DJ spinning tracks.
My favorite stage was the covered Pavilion stage which hosted the majority of the electronic sets. I couldn’t have been more amazed by the lights dancing all over the inflatable balloons on the ceiling. The TreeHouse stage gave fans a more intimate set with a smaller crowd compared to the main stage performances. I also made a stop at the silent disco where I was able to switch headphones between two DJs playing. The interesting part is that no one knows which DJ you are listening to! If you are considering stage hopping, I would forewarn there is quite the distance between the furthest two stages, the Firefly Main Stage and the Lawn Stage, so be prepared to burn some calories! The neighboring stages are easier to manage but it’s still a task to bounce back and forth between them. Keeping an open mind is definitely key because anything can change your day at a festival. The best thing to do is embrace it and enjoy the moment!! Also, be sure to explore explore explore! There is so much to see and so many people to meet. You must stay hydrated and take breaks! There was an awesome hammock lounge surrounded by trees near the Thicket, but it is very popular and hard to find an open hammock! I would also suggest breaking off from your group at some point during the weekend to do your own thing and meet new people! Cell service is spotty so it’s best to have a meet up location at a certain time. The best ones are an identifiable object at a specific point. Ours was the tip of the infinity loop. I encourage everyone to be in the moment and stray from your phones as much as possible. Also promote positivity. People come from all over for various reasons. Be kind to one another! Spread smiles, check in with others, offer what you can! Discover a new favorite artist. Bring your experience back to the real world with you! Cover Image Background Photo Credit: Jeremy Asa (Our Text Was Added To Photo)
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