Posted Jun 25th, 2015 (10:49 pm) by James Hughes
Firefly Music Festival 2015: Day 3
Image by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography
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The finale to the weekend of sunshine, thunderstorms, and amazing musical performances was set to kick off in Dover, DE with a feeling of redemption. After the cancelations from the previous day, only a few of the acts, Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers, were rescheduled for the final day of the festival. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, Kings of Leon were unable to have the flexibility necessary to adjust to the sudden changes.

The day featured the likes of Cold War Kids, Bastille, Dizzy Wright, RJD2, Snoop Dogg, Tove Lo, The Killers, and the aforementioned rescheduled acts The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki. I approached the finale of the festival with the intention of indulging in every activity on the festival grounds, but unfortunately the lines for the Hammock Hangout and The Thicket silent disco area were massive. So, to save my day from waiting in line, my day again became focused on the musical entertainment.

Cold War Kids were the first of my three Firefly Main Stage sets to encompass my day at the Woodlands. The Firefly Main Stage was also set to present English rock group Bastille and the Brandon Flowers led The Killers later in the festival's final day. With a two hour layover between sets, the young rapper Dizzy Wright was gearing up for his Pavilion stage performance.

The 2013 XXL freshman provided a hefty dose of high energy hip-hop to the Pavilion stage crowd. Multiple stage dives from Dizzy Wright and his partner in crime DJ Hoppa excited the young audience through the rapper's set. Following the budding MC was a true turntablist, RJD2. Rocking three turntables and running with actual vinyl records, RJD2 put all the other DJs from the weekend to shame. I hope that the young audience did not overlook the classic nature of his set, and were able to appreciate the art of working a beat from cutting records because that has almost become a lost art.

The day continued on as Bastille hit the Firefly Main stage to a robust crowd awaiting the English rockers. Bastille performed their well-known hits as well as new material like “Hangin.” But the impending performance from rap legend Snoop Dogg drew many away from the Firefly Main Stage event. Performing for a thick layer of smoke that was the audience, Snoop Dogg’s catalog was displayed in full, from classic Doggy Style tracks to verses featured in hit pop songs. Fans of the famous rapper made friends with Snoop by presenting him with a super-sized blunt to pair with his rhymes. The gift givers received the privilege of joining Snoop Dogg back stage after his set.

The Sunday headliner, The Killers, tore the house down on the Firefly Main Stage. After scoring a few drinks from the VIP area I realized that the view was better in general admission – so back to the mayhem of the live crowd I went. With just the right amount of rocker attitude from Brandon Flowers’ bravado spilling onto the crowd, it was time to cash in my The Chainsmokers raincheck. The group helped close out my festival experience with body shaking bass and a high flying stage presence.

As The Chainsmokers set concluded, so did my Firefly Music Festival. With my personal highlights being the famous Beatle Paul McCartney, indie-rockers Matt and Kim, Snoop Dogg, the cut short Kid Cudi, Chiddy Bang, Sylvan Esso, and Run The Jewels, I said goodbye to the Delaware festival with many wonderful memories.

Photography by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography

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