The 2022 Firefly Festival Kicks off in Dover

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It’s Firefly Festival weekend, and Thursday evening’s kickoff in Dover promises an enjoyable weekend with a variety of acts and activities.

The pandemic canceled Firefly in summer 2020. In 2021, it returned as an early-fall festival with a smaller crowd and shifted expectations for live music. Now, 2022 is the year the festival will find its footing in a post-pandemic live music landscape. Festival-goers flocked to the grounds last night to enjoy four days full of music and fun. 

A rainy, muddy, chilly Thursday ushered in the 2022 Firefly Festival from the yawning land surrounding Dover International Speedway. 

An on-and-off deluge of rain punctuated the early hours on Thursday, but most of the rainclouds had scattered by the time gates officially opened on the 10th annual festival. 

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For the mostly young, emo-centric crowd filling the festival grounds, hardly a damper was felt. 

Pop-rocking teen Gayle captured the cathartic energy of the day. For the generation of young people forced to grow up and finish high school in the COVID-19 pandemic, her hit single “ABCDEFU” struck a nerve.

“This is for all of us who had to come of age during a pandemic,” she screamed. 

Thursday highlights included the avant-ravers 100 gecs, pop star Halsey (who belted a cover of Kate Bush’s resurgent classic “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),” and Jamie xx. 

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Revelers flocked to new installations for the weekend–including a Ferris wheel, tattoo parlor, and a series of NFT digital collectibles.  

Friday’s big-name acts include My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Big Sean, and Zedd. 

Single-day passes for the 2022 Firefly Festival are still available online.

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