Saturday and Sunday at Firefly are full of so much epic music, we couldn’t even mention all the incredible artists on the bill. But whatever you do, make sure you check out the following bands as you float through the fields of Firefly!
Mondo Cozmo has been kicking ass and taking names with his distinctive, extraordinary style of rock and roll storytelling. He sounds like no one else right now, stylistically and sonically, and his live shows are known to be killer. I mean, he’s getting enough practice playing almost every festival this summer, between tour dates opening for Bastille. He’s kicking off your Saturday right, playing at 12:30PM on the Lawn Stage! He is bound to give you more energy through his electrifying set than all the cold brews you can chug at the fest, so don’t miss him!
Band of babes and NYC favorites Sunflower Bean are rolling through Firefly to rock your Saturday not once, but twice! They play the intimate Porch Stage at 4:30PM and the Tree House Stage at 7:30PM! Make sure you catch their sets at Firefly and keep an eye out for their Fall tour opening for the Pixies!
Saturday at Firefly has some epic and diverse headliners including Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, and The Weeknd. No matter who you go see, it’s going to be one hell of a Saturday night!
Bob Dylan plays the Firefly Stage at 8:30PM:
The Weeknd plays the Firefly Stage at 11PM:
Chance The Rapper plays the Backyard Stage at 12:30AM:
Busta Bus! Busta Rhymes is your afternoon delight on Sunday, playing the Firefly Stage at 1PM! He will be kicking off a mini East Coast tour with his early afternoon performance on the Firefly Stage. His power-packed most recent single “AAAHHH!!!” released last year was created with his long time collaborator Swizz Beatz. Busta Rhymes also featured on his friend’s A Tribe Called Quest’s brilliant release last year We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape. One of the fastest rappers in the game and an equally incredible performer, you do not want to sleep on this epic afternoon show.
You may know music genius, songwriter, producer extraordinaire Jack Antonoff with his previous bands Steel Train and FUN., but for the past couple of years he has toured the world with his most recent project, Bleachers. While somehow finding time to write, record and produce other massive artists including Lorde and her new album Melodrama, Antonoff announced his new album and tour for Bleachers. We can’t wait to hear new music from the new album Gone Now performed live at Firefly before he continues a massive summer tour of the U.S (and one stop in London) through September! Don’t miss Bleachers at 4:45PM on the Firefly Stage!
Phantogram is no stranger to Firefly Festival. They’ve been known to play to a sea of a crowd, perfect for surfing your way to the stage. Their high-velocity performances give the crowd an undeniable energy that makes their live shows a priceless and unmatched rock and roll workout. We are excited to hear the power-packed new tracks from their album ‘3’ performed live at Firefly this year! Don’t miss Phantogram at 8:15PM on the Backyard Stage.
Sunday night is action packed, with something for everyone with the final night lineup. Music fans will either have to get choosy, or get their running shoes on to make it to the different stages in time to see a bit of everyone. Some Sunday night highlights include Thirty Seconds To Mars at 6:45PM on The Firefly Stage for some epic (not to mention eye-candy) rock, The Shins 8PM at the Lawn Stage for a chill indie sunset, Muse at 9:15PM on The Firefly Stage for full-throttle rock, and Dillon Francis at 10:45PM on The Backyard Stage for a dance party that will last you at least until the end of summer.
Whatever shows you choose, you are bound to end Firefly with one thought- I can’t wait for next year! Also, can we stop at Wawa on the way home? Which everyone at Firefly knows is the true festival after-party Sunday night.
Words by Cher Dunn
Photo Credit: Michel Dussack
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