Firefly Music Festival 2014

Last month, I attended the best musical experience that I have ever had. Deep in the woodlands of Dover, Delaware, I enjoyed an unforgettable four-day experience of fun, friends and music at Firefly Music Festival. Firefly began three years ago and is quickly earning is reputation as the East coast’s premiere music experience. My friends and I were a part of the tens of thousands of people who went to the festival this year, and we had an incredible time.

We began our journey early Thursday morning around 4:30am with music blasting and the car packed full with our gear for the next four days. The earlier you leave the better, as there will be traffic. The traffic jam we were in wasn’t as cringe-worthy as you might have expected, though. When we finally arrived to the campground after a two hour traffic jam with our spirits still high, we set-up camp and began our weekend.

The festival venue itself is absolutely breath-taking. The lights, decorations and stages are all designed to fit the woodsy and earthy theme of Firefly.




There were of course many bands on my list I was dying to see: twenty-one pilots, Childish Gambino, Foo Fighters and Third Eye Blind to name a few. But perhaps my favorite part of the weekend was seeing bands that I had never heard of before. My friend Kerry and I checked out Bronze Radio Return, and became instant fans. We even went to New Jersey last week to hear them play a show and were able to meet them afterwards to tell them that we saw them at Firefly. Some other new bands to check out: The Colourist, NoNoNo, Smallpools, Kodaline, and Bleachers.



There are several stages throughout the enormous venue and multiple acts often play at the same time. It’s smart to plan out which acts you want to see each day and at what time. The line-up is available ahead of time, and you will also receive a map and timeline at the festival. Kerry even made an Excel spreadsheet detailing which acts she was going to see. Also, be prepared to wait for a good spot for a bigger band. Our one friend wait six hours in the same area to ensure a solid spot for Foo Fighters; that’s some serious dedication.

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(Kerry’s spreadsheet)

There are a ton things to do during your downtime inside the festival. We were big fans of an area where dozens of hammocks hung in the shady trees where people could relax and escape from the sun. There was also a FREE arcade with a ton of awesome games.

Below are some important tips if you want to have the most excellent weekend possible:

More info can be found on Firefly’s website here.


Firefly certainly lived up to all of the hype I had heard. I have to be honest with you, I was a little hesitant about the whole camping thing, but looking back on it, camping is what made the experience 100x more amazing. There really is no experience like a music festival, and my first festival was certainly unforgettable.

Still aren’t convinced to attend Firefly next year? Check out one of the recap videos.

I would love to hear your tips and experiences you had at Firefly or at another music festival, comment below! 

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  4. Aly Cabrera Avatar

    sooo fun! loved reading through this.

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