STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER/For Digital First Media
When it comes to music festivals, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival is just a baby with just a few under its belt since launching in 2012. But it’s quickly become one of the premiere destination music events, evident in the big names it’s landed and bolstered by today’s official announcement for this year’s headliner, Paul McCartney.
VIP and Super VIP passes will go on-sale this Friday at noon, while general admission tickets and camping passes go on sale Monday March second, also at noon. Firefly takes place June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.
The revealing of McCartney as the headliner doesn’t come as much surprise, as not only was he listed on a festival poster that leaked in late-January, but Red Frog Events, who are promoting the fest, simply blurred out the former Beatles’ name when the lineup came out early last week.
Following a whirlwind week including a surprise intimate Valentine’s Day gig at New York’s Irving Plaza and a performance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary prime time special McCartney headlining duties is his first ever appearance at Firefly and the latest confirmed date of this year’s Out There tour, following on the recent announcement of April 21-May 2 run through Japan and South Korea.
The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Macca performs songs spanning his entire career; as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived with music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives.
Recent years have seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space.
This will be McCartney’s first appearance ever in Delaware, and he hasn’t been in the region since a two night stand at the then Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in August of 2010.
The Killers, Kings of Leon, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Bastille, Hozier, Empire of the Sun and Cage the Elephant are just a few of the names filling out the slots below McCartney at Firefly. And it’s worth noting that the one-time mop-top will be turning 73 on the first day of the festival.