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Concert Reviews, Firefly Festival 2016, Music

Recap: Firefly 2016 brought Mumford and Sons, Blink-182, & Deadmau5 to Dover

By: Alyssa Balistreri, & Shahnoor Ijaz – 

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performing at the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty)

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performing at the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty)

Firefly was a whirlwind of shattered expectations. After attending several Canadian music festivals, this one completely changed the way I view them. The lineup was incredible. Artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Ludacris, and Blink 182 brought back memories and nostalgia, having the crowd sing their throwbacks at the top of their lungs while Deadmau5, Disclosure, and Major Lazer had everyone dancing all night long.

The organization and quality of the festival was immaculate from the setlist to the food selection. Not only the qualities of the margaritas, but all of the options of food were awesome. From the adorable fairy lights that lit the way to the main stages, to the hammock hangout and arcade area, everything was meticulously planned. You could tell that this event wasn’t just thrown together.

Easily one of the best things about the weekend was the interesting totems that concert goers brought. Donald trump morphing into Rox from monsters inc, Mumford and Buns, game of thrones house banners and my personal favourites, avi-Kanye and Kendrick Llama (and avocado and llama respectively). An excited attendee stated that the best part above everything was the quality of people around them. Everyone was extremely kind and there for the music, so the crowd felt like a community.

– Alyssa Balistreri

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The 2016 Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo: aLIVE Coverage)

The 2016 Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo: aLIVE Coverage)

Firefly was a fantastic experience in multiple ways. The actual set up of the festival was very easy to access and very accommodating. The stages were within a 25-minute walk of the campgrounds and were set up in a way that none of the acoustics were affected by the other stages.

The music line-up was also a spectacular mixture of different music genres, allowing for a eclectic experience for people with very different tastes in music. It allowed for people to experience well-known bands perform as well as gave opportunities to learn about more bands and music types that may have been unknown prior to the festival.

The performances for the most part were absolutely incredible. All of the headliners gave amazing performances and played a great mixture of newer songs as well as fan favourites, which created an unbelievable vibe amongst the crowd. The amount of crowd participation created such an exciting dynamic while watching the performances and the headliners especially created an atmosphere of crowd enthusiasm and connection.

Overall the performances were mind blowing and the scheduling of the festival allowed each night to end on a high note. It was genuinely one of the best festivals I have been to and I would make it an annual experience myself.

– Shahnoor Ijaz

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