Amid the 90,000 fans from all around the country and its central HQ in Chicago, Firefly has always held firm in its Delaware pride—from the Dogfish Head beer tent to Fifer Orchards doughnuts to Dave Grohl proclaiming his love of Grotto Pizza.
Firefly IV will be no different.
Two local acts will storm the stages this weekend in Dover, continuing the tradition paved by Delaware musicians like the Spinto Band, New Sweden and Mean Lady.
Cypher Clique (5:30 p.m. Thursday, Backyard Stage) is a three-piece hip-hop group with Dover roots. Comprised of Mic Anthony, Relay, and D-Major, the group plies a brand of skeletal, old-school rap that recalls genre luminaries like Nas or Mobb Deep. Throughout their young career, Cypher Clique has opened for the likes of Mac Miller, Meek Mill, and Wale, while their mixtapes have gained considerable traction in the blogosphere. They represent the first local hip-hop group to take the stage at Firefly.
Newark’s Fiancé (12:30 p.m. Friday, Forest Stage) will make its Firefly debut on Friday. The dream-pop quartet—Brian Bruce, Tyler Yoder, Jeff Marvel and Andrew Fusca—are veterans of the music scene around UD, Wilmington and Philly, having performed recently at venues like Boots & Saddle and Kelly’s Logan House.
Soaked in reverb and shimmering guitars, Fiancé‘s shoegazey sound seems tailored perfectly for a Friday afternoon at Firefly.