Posted Jun 23rd, 2015 (5:51 pm) by James Hughes
Firefly Music Festival 2015: Day 2
Image by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography
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On a warm, sunshiny day, Firefly Music Festival took a turn for the worse after tropical storm Bill made its way to the festival grounds. The day was cut short due to the storm’s excessive amounts of rain and lightning.

The day kicked off with acts BRONCHO, The Griswolds, Gary Clark Jr., Sturgill Simpson, and pop princess Betty Who. Clouds began to head towards the festival grounds, and temperatures dropped from the low 80s to the mid-to-low 70s, and everyone knew rain was on its way.

The Firefly nation turned out for the Brooklyn, NY based one-two-punch that is Matt and Kim. The rockers drew in one of the largest, and the most rambunctious, crowd of the weekend for their early evening show. Bringing their furious styles to the Firefly Main Stage with danceable beats, rowdy crowd work, and the return of Kim’s crowd surfing booty dancing. Fans piled upon one another for a marathon of crowd surfing that is synonymous with Matt and Kim shows.

To counteract the impending doom of the gathering storm, festival management adjusted the lineup to fight the elements. Acts like Foster The People, Kings Of Leon, The Chainsmokers, Motoma, and Rusite all were moved back to give time for the storms to pass by. This effort allowed festival goers to watch other acts that were still set to perform at their originally scheduled times. This rain dilemma solved The Chainsmokers versus Kid Cudi coin flip I was going to have to originally make.

But, sadly, these efforts were futile. In an unscheduled break during the first half of Kid Cudi’s set, staff walked onto the stage to notify the audience that they “will be taking a short break” and “would be back in two minutes with a decision” for everyone. Upon return, the staff cited “everyone’s safety” as the main source for them instructing festival attendees to “evacuate,” not leave, the grounds and head to their vehicles as quickly as possible.

The rain began to pour and hoards of campers began to push and shove each other in a frantic rush, reminiscent of any disaster movie in the last 20 years. Thus, day two came to an abrupt end.

Photography by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography

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