The beauty of this year’s Firefly Festival lineup is the rich tapestry of diverse musical offerings—“a something for everyone” feel. Go check out your favorites, but be open to some musical serendipity, and keep an ear out for some of the artists you may have never heard of. Some unearthed musical nuggets are waiting to be found and enjoyed!
Firefly fans no doubt will get a sneak peak of the Foo Fighters’ planned Fall 2014 album that front-man Dave Grohl has proclaimed as “stadium anthems that startle.” As the main headliner of this year’s event, the Foos will be playing to close to 80,000 fans—so it should be the perfect setting to debut some of the new album’s rockers.
The Foos’ new album was recorded in different parts of the country and will feature various artists—including Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr. and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Grohl added that he didn’t write any of the songs’ lyrics until the last day of recording “in order to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.”
What better way to celebrate their 20th anniversary than with 80,000 of their closest Firefly friends? OutKast is Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André “3000” Benjamin, the rap duo who have reunited to bring their iconic and influential sounds to Dover.
Outkast has sold more than 25 million albums, but more importantly the Atlanta natives brought their hip-hop flavored sound to a wider audience with the 2003 smash album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It earned six Grammys, including Album of the Year, making OutKast the first rap group ever to win the award in that prestigious category.
The acoustic balladeer who first graced our ears with his 2001 debut Brushfire Fairytales, seems like the perfect fit for a summer, outdoor concert under the stars. The Hawaii native and former pro surfer has produced over a decade’s worth of breezy pop songs backed by his melodic voice and a laid-back beach bum demeanor.
That combination has proven popular with the music world, as Johnson’s first five major-label albums all earned platinum status.
The Las Vegas-based indie rockers Imagine Dragons bring their catchy, synth-tinged dance-pop meets alt-rock sound to Delaware. Starting with the group’s first, major-label release, 2012’s Continued Silence EP, the band built upon that initial success with the 2012 release of Night Visions. That record resulted in two big hits—“It’s Time” and “Radioactive.”
Billboard proclaimed Imagine Dragons the “Breakthrough Band of the Year in 2013,” and as many fans will experience at Firefly this year, the group will no doubt translate that success in its live offerings.
You’d have to be a “Loser” to not appreciate what Beck Hansen has done for a whole generation (or two) of rappers, samplers and electronica. He created a whole new world of music with his folk-rap beats and sampling techniques, and experimentations with new sounds. Hard to believe this musical pioneer is now a role model for a new movement of young upstarts with a lot more sophisticated gear than “two turntables and a microphone.”
The Colorado-based folkies make their triumphant return to Firefly after their 2013 appearance. The band’s live performances showcase their rootsy, rustic, hand-clapping, foot-stomping grooves that made their self-titled 2012 debut album an instant hit. No matter what type of music you like, it’s almost impossible not to find something in their catalog that will have your head and feet moving.
Pretty Lights is Derek Vincent Smith—an electronic music artist whose use of digital sampling creates a host of hip-hop beats with a heavy dose of synth sounds and funky runs.
His “music meets the Macbook” approach was highlighted in 2013’s two-disc release
A Color Map of the Sun, which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category.
The English indie rockers bring over a decade’s worth of hits and industry awards to this year’s Firefly lineup. With some of the music world’s most devoted fans, evidenced by their popularity through the early fan-fueled days of MySpace, pre-social media—Arctic Monkeys have continued to deliver great live shows to live up to that fan base support.
In the two decades since their formation, the L.A. rock quartet has churned out some memorable, alternative power pop hits, including singles like “Undone—The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverley Hills,” and many more.
This is probably the Firefly band that, even if you think you don’t know their music, three chords into a song you will find yourself saying, “Hey, I know this song!”
Firefly 2014 Lineup (alphabetical)
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A Great Big World
Airborne Toxic Event
Band Of Horses
Boy & Bear
Breach The Summit
Bronze Radio Return
Cage The Elephant
Cakes Da Killa
Chance The Rapper
City And Colour
Courrier – canceled
Denitia and Sene
Gregory Alan Isakov
Iron & Wine
John & Jacob
Pigpen Theatre Co
Portugal. The Man
Saints Of Valory
Sky Ferreira – canceled
Stop Light Observations
Tegan And Sara
The White Panda
The Wild Feathers
Third Eye Blind
Twenty One Pilots
Walk Off The Earth
Young The Giant