A Firefly First Timer’s Take on Who to See and Why to Go

guest written by Alyssa DiCaterino

Red Frog Events is hosting its fifth year of Firefly Music Festival in Delaware this summer, and I have to say, this year’s lineup seems too good to be true. With headliners like Two Door Cinema Club, Kings of Leon, Florence + the Machine, Deadmau5, and Mumford & Sons, this festival is not one you want to miss.


Many of the artists performing are ones I have already had the pleasure of seeing, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to see them again. Seeing an artist live always makes me that much more excited to continue to follow them through their career, and typically after a show I look for the next time I can catch whoever I’ve just seen in concert or at a fest. This is especially true for The 1975, who I fell in love with upon first listening to “Sex,” a song from one of the band’s very first EPs. Their show at Bayfront Park in Miami last year was everything I hoped it would be, and I can’t wait to see them on Sunday night of Firefly at the Lawn stage.


Live experiences are especially memorable when they get up close and personal. I happened to meet Travis Hawley, Nick Fotinakes, Matt DePauw, Mikel Van Kranenburg, and Rico Rodriguez of California-based rock band Night Riots last year at Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa, and they were all pretty cool dudes. I hadn’t heard of them at the time – many people know them for their song “Contagious” – but their show was awesome! Night Riots found a new fan in me that day, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them rock the Treehouse stage at Firefly on Friday night.

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