Festival season is upon us on the east coast, and this summer, Firefly festival is where it’s at. The 4-day camping trip/major festival is approaching rapidly, and the line up is full of your favorite artists, your mom’s favorite artists, the guys you liked in middle school, and the favorites you haven’t discovered yet. Mechanical Dummy will be down in Dover, Delaware at the Woodlands for the fifth annual extravaganza, taking place on June 16-19. Before we head down there, we’ve been doing our research and we’re here to help all the fellow Firefly-goers build their itinerary.
Here’s who you need to see at Firefly 2016.
The Lawn Stage, 5:15-5:45 PM
The three-piece indie/pop outfit named after two of the USA’s biggest cities, Los Angeles and New York, will kick off your Firefly experience with a set of dreamy love songs and more. Check out “ILYSB” here.
The Backyard Stage, 5:45-6:30 PM
This 22-year old Harlem artist isn’t your typical NYC emcee. The young talent brings a hipster vibe to rap with his witty, relatable lyrics referencing Morissey and electro-beats in place of trap ones. Check out his video for “I’m Ready” here.
The Coffeehouse, 6:45-7:15 PM
Thursday is a day for discovery, and Nashville, Tennessee based group Elliot Root is a band you’ll want to discover. Somehow, they’re able to make their sound act as powerful & quiet and mellow at the same time. The sultry vocals are a nice addition to their unique sound. Check out “Punks & Poets” here.
The Backyard Stage, 7:15-8 PM
British singer/songwriter Jack Garratt may not have made an impact on you yet, but he impressed Ellie Goulding, who covered his track “Weathered” live on BBC Radio. A perfect act to follow Elliott Root, his slow, peaceful melodies and poetic lyrics will turn you into a fan, just like Ellie. Listen to “Weathered” here.
Whilk & Misky
The Pavilion Stage, 8:30-9:15 PM
If you’re getting tired of the super slow music, head over to Pavilion to see London based duo Whilk & Misky. Charlie & Nima manage to make folk & techno sound like a genre that should have existed a long time ago. Check out “Baby I’m Yours” here.
The Lawn Stage, 9:45-10:45 PM
Another London-based guy/girl duo, Alunageorge is a lot less folk and a lot more electro. Hope you’re ready to dance, cause they’ll get you moving with tracks like “Supernatural.“
The Pavilion Stage, 11 PM-12 AM
He’s only 21, but this German producer/DJ is already quite the success. Starting his DJ career at 16, he’s been hard at work building a name for himself. His remix of OMI’s hit “Cheerleader” was a huge success, amassing nearly 550 million views on Youtube and counting. Check out his Jasmine Thompson collaboration, Chaka Kahn cover “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” here.
The Backyard Stage, 12:45 – 1:30 PM
This Los Angeles-based band sound seems to borrows from The Beatles, The Strokes, and all the indie bands we loved in the early 2000’s. Their single “Rebel Heart” was co-produced by Tom Petty, and shows all these influences off. They’ll be dropping their self-titled debut album on June 10th. Check out the video for “Rebel Heart” here.
The Backyard Stage, 2-2:45 PM
This talented duo consisting of Mike Del Rio & Crista Ru will get your feel good vibes flowing early to put you in the best mood possible for the rest of the day at the festival! The electro/pop rock outfit is a perfect addition to the Firefly lineup. Check out “Beat Of My Drum” here.
The Backyard Stage, 3:45-4:30 PM/The Treehouse Stage, 8:45-9:15
You may have noticed a pattern here – clearly all of Friday’s best talent is on the Backyard Stage! A little less pop and a little more rock, CA-based band Night Riots have a sound similar to the Killers and a look similar to the Cure. You’ll love their single, “Oh My Heart.”
The Porch Stage, 8:15-9:15 PM
It’s unfair how talented this Maryland-based singer/songwriter is. His cover of Foo Fighters “Learn To Fly” is the best song I never knew I needed to exist so bad. Listen here.
The Backyard Stage, 9:30-10:45 PM
You’ve been unknowingly obsessed with one of this Aussie psychedelic band’s tracks all year and you didn’t even know it yet. They are responsible for Rihanna’s “Same Ol’ Mistakes” – it’s actually their song, and was on their 2015 album Currents, which was loaded with tons of other great songs, including this one – “The Less I Know The Better.“
The Pavilion Stage, 9:45-10:45 PM
At just 23 years old, this producer/DJ is killing the game with his electro-tunes. He was named MTVu’s Artist of the Year in 2015, a title he rightfully earned. Check out “Divinity” here.
The Backyard Stage, 12:15-1:30 AM
Keep the electro vibes going into the wee hours with a long set from your favorite electronic music duo, Disclosure. The artists responsible for Sam Smith’s “Latch” have plenty more for you to enjoy.
The Pavilion Stage, 1:30-2:15 PM
Start your day off on a mellow vibe with Gnash. The 22-year old DJ/producer has 3 EPs under his belt and a recent single featuring Olivia O’Brien has been going viral, garnering over 15 million views in under 2 months. Check out “i hate u, i love u” here.
The Firefly Main Stage, 2:30-3:30 PM/The Treehouse Stage 5:15-5:45 PM
To get your energy flowing for the rest of the long day, swing by and catch Brooklyn-based, Colorado-born synth-pop duo Chairlift’s set. Caroline Polachek & Patrick Wimberley each contribute plenty and complement each other perfectly, and their live show is enchanting. They just dropped an awesome remix for “Ch-Ching,” which features DRAM, who will be at Firefly as well. Listen to that here.
The Backyard Stage, 3:45-4:30 PM
Hailing from Nashville, COIN’s pop-indie sound fits right in at Firefly. They’ll have you dancing for the duration of the set – hope you’re not getting tired yet! Listen to their track, “Atlas,” here.
The Porch Stage, 6:15-7 PM
Also from Nashville, this band has been around since 2006 and have quite the resume, appearing on Conan, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Late Show With David Letterman. Despite how long they’ve been around, you might just be hopping on their wave right now – better late than never. Check out a recent single, “Red Hot Lights,” here.
The Lawn Stage, 7-8 PM
If you haven’t fallen in love with this indie/pop/alternative outfit from Newbury Park, California, yet – now’s your chance. Warning: once you start listening, you won’t be able to stop. Check out “R.I.P. 2 My Youth,” off their 2015 album, Wiped Out.
The Backyard Stage, 7:15-8:15 PM
An underdog from New Jersey with a lot of heart, Fetty took all of us by storm last year with his trap-pop and unique singing voice. Don’t miss the chance to see him live at Firefly, performing all of his hits! Check out the inspiring video for his last single, “Wake Up,” in which he revisits his high school life, before he knew he would be a great success and millionaire.
Death Cab For Cutie
The Firefly Main Stage, 8-9:15 PM
Another can’t miss act at Firefly on Saturday is Death Cab For Cutie. The emo-indie band has been around for years and are still supplying us with killer tunes. Go to hear them play classic tear-jerker “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” stay to hear them play new tunes like this one, “Good Help (Is So Hard To Find).”
The Backyard Stage, 9:15-10:15 PM
Harlem emcee A$AP Rocky is someone you should always see live when you have a chance. He puts on a great, cinematic show every time. Each project he’s released has been full of quality music, and he always brings the Mob out to help him out on stage. Perhaps they’ll play their latest, “Yamborghini High.” Peep the trippy video for that here.
Florence + The Machine
The Firefly Main Stage, 10:15 PM-11:45 PM
Flo is a powerhouse live and seeing her and her band shut it down is the best way to end your night – if you decide to end it “early.” Being in the crowd for her performance of “Dog Days” (which has only gotten better with age) is still one of my most memorable festival experiences from Governors Ball 2015. Check out that performance here and get ready to live it out for real!
The Pavilion Stage, 11:45-12:45 AM
Get pumped for the late Deadmau5 set by getting your electro vibes in at Sigala’s hour long set. If you haven’t heard this British DJ’s “ABC” remix, “Easy Love” yet, it’s time to get hooked. Check it out here.
The Firefly Main Stage, 12:45 – 2 AM
I know, it’s been a long night, but you’re going to want to hit up Deadmau5’s set to close out an awesome Saturday of getting to know new artists and seeing old faves. He’s been taking a bit of a mellow approach lately. Check out his latest, “Snowcone,” here. It might be a perfect lullaby to end the night.
The Pavilion Stage, 12:30-1:15 PM
Sunday is less packed with performances, so you can start your day one of two ways. Your first option is to get a buzz going at the Pavilion stage with producer/singer Gibbz, who will start your day off upbeat and get you in the mood to party. Check out his live version of “Love Again” here.
The Backyard Stage, 12:45-1:30 PM
Your second option for your first set of the day is Noah Gundersen. If you want to start your dat on a mellow note, the folk/indie singer/songwriter/guitarist is your best bet. With a sound reminiscent to Bright Eyes, his performance will surely go great with your morning coffee and cigarette. Check out his video (more like short film) for “Cigarettes” here.
The Pavilion Stage, 2-2:45 PM
No matter who you started at, Hippie Sabotage is the perfect follow up. The Sacramento-based brother duo has found a way to seamlessly blend electronic music and hazy instrumentals to create a perfect blend of mellow and upbeat. Check out their video for “Waiting Too Long” here.
The Backyard Stage, 4-5 PM
You’ve hummed along to a song of his without knowing it. Well actually – Drake took the beat from his song “Cha Cha,” which Beyonce is a fan of, and made it “Hotline Bling.” Despite having the thunder stolen from his first big single like that, D.R.A.M. continued to rise. His happy-hyper hip-hop style is full of good vibes, and he’s the perfect midday energy booster. Listen to his latest, “Broccoli,” here.
The Firefly Main Stage, 4:45-5:45 PM
Run over to the Firefly main stage when you’re done with D.R.A.M. because you’re not gonna wanna miss your chance to see the indie fusion band, Grouplove. Their unique vocals, sweet lyrics, and up-tempo sound are fun, to say the least. You’ll have a great time at their set. Listen to “Tongue Tied” here.
The Backyard Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM
More than just a trombone player, the artist known as Trombone Shorty plays a wide range of instruments, and all of his collaborations tend to sway towards the hip-hop/funk/R&B sound. If you want to dance, you’re guaranteed a great live set with tons of energy and awesome covers to make you move right here. Check out his popular collab with Bone Thugs N Harmony, “Hold Up, Wait A Minute,” here.
The Porch Stage, 7-8 PM
If you want to get funky, you’re going to want to see Goldlink. The electro-pop/rap artist has a sound all his own that gets everyone hooked. The sample flips on his tracks are always noteworthy. Check out the head-bop inducing “Spectrum” here.
The Firefly Main Stage, 6:45-8 PM
Ready to switch over to rock? Get nostalgic with a long set from Blink-182. Yeah, Tom isn’t there anymore, so it won’t be exactly how you remember, but it’s still going to be awesome. Prepare to mosh to classic hits like “All The Small Things” by revisiting that track now.
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Backyard Stage, 8-9:15 PM
Sunday is easily the funkiest day of the festival. Take this once in a lifetime chance to see living soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire perform all the hits you grew up loving. Your parents and grandparents are going to be so jealous. “Boogie Wonderland” is just one of many songs to look forward to.
Mumford & Sons
The Firefly Stage, 9:15-11:15 PM
Mumford and Sons have one of the longest sets of the day, and the only set at this time slot. After a long day of dancing and getting your groove on, this alt-folk band will help you wind down with mellow tracks like “Believe.“
The Backyard Stage, 10:45 PM – 12 AM
The last act of the day, Major Lazer will wake everyone back up even though it’ll be way past our bedtimes! If you’re driving home after this, the electronic supergroup made up of Diplo
Here’s a playlist with all the artists mentioned – enjoy!
Stay tuned for our official recap of Firefly!