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.
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.
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.