By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
The Firefly Music Festival started the weekend early with the likes of Amos Lee, Local Natives and Rac kicking off the annual event that takes place in Dover, Del., at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway Thursday.
It’s the largest music festival on the East Coast, with more than 100 artists spread out over — for the first time — four days.
Things really rev into high gear Friday, when music fans are encouraged to take the day off from work, lest they miss the 12:30 p.m. start time.
Iron and Wine, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, Band of Horses and Airborne Toxic Event are just a few of the acts on stage Friday night. The big one, of course, is Foo Fighters, who are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their latest album. Dave Grohl and Co. have become one of the last remaining arena rock bands, and a group that can pull it off with aplomb.
Saturday isn’t too shabby as newcomers like Imagine Dragons and MS MR play alongside veterans like Third Eye Blind and Beck. Nighttime headliners include a reunited Outkast, sister act Tegan and Sara, Sleigh Bells and Pretty Lights.
Winding down — if you dare call it that — on Sunday’s bill has Weezer, Phantogram, Broken Bells, Jake Bugg, The Lumineers and Jack Johnson sending revelers on their way.
Just looking at a few of the names (the whole lineup and schedule can be viewed at www.fireflyfestival.com), it’s clear that if you make one music festival this year, Firefly is it.
Festivalgoers can expect to see the return of favorite attractions such as the Dogfish Head Brewery, The Arcade, The Coffee House, and Hammock Hangout with the addition of several attractions to be announced prior to the festival.
Firefly is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year through its Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program. Festival attendees can support the lifesaving work of St. Jude on-site and leading up to the event through a variety of digital, mobile and live donation opportunities. Donations from Firefly fans will go toward Red Frog Events’ $25 million commitment to the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, opening in 2015 on St. Jude’s campus in Memphis, Tenn. For more on the festival, check Firefly
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Musicians and music lovers got things started Thursday with the kick off of the 2014 edition of the Firefly Music Festival. The fun continues through the weekend.