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  • Firefly fans get their wish

  • Following the conclusion of the event's successful first year at the Dover International Speedway, Firefly has announced that they will definitely be back in 2013. Pre-sale tickets go on sale at noon, Wednesday, July 25.


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  • UPDATE, TUESDAY, JULY 24- Following a wildly successful inaugural event, the Firefly Festival announced through Facebook at 3:39 p.m. that they will be back in Dover in 2013.
    The Facebook page directs fans to the Firefly website and under ticket information, there is a notice that “a limited amount of 2013 general admission presale tickets will be available for purchase at 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 25.”
    Luxury packages like the VIP and Super VIP will not be on sale at that time.
    The event drew guests from 48 states, which helped signicantly impact the Delaware economy throughout its three day schedule. Hotel rooms around the state were at capacity and all camping spots at the Speedway sold out to the friendly, good-natured crowd.
    Executive vice-president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. Michael Tatoian is happy to already be in the planning stages of next year's event.
    “We’re excited to again be working with Red Frog Events, and look forward to the months ahead as we help build upon Firefly’s initial success," With our background in hosting large-scale events, and Red Frog’s creative and innovative team, the second annual Firefly Music Festival will certainly be a must-see event.”
    Firefly Music Festival Director Greg Bostrom is also happy to be in the planning stages for next year. But, he's also happy with the outcome of Red Frog Event's first music event.
    "The event was wildly successful and we’ve found our home on the East Coast," Bostrom said. "We’re excited to be amongst the leading festivals in the country,”
    Continue to follow the Dover Post for more information regarding next year’s event or check out the coverage of this year’s festival with our photo galleries, reviews and day-by-day coverage of the weekend.
     
    UPDATE, MONDAY,  JULY 23-By all accounts, it seems like the Firefly Music Festival was a screaming success.
    Officials with Red Frog Events aren’t confirming any numbers but estimates say that more than 30,000 avid indie music fans flocked to the newly named “Woodlands” campus at the Dover International Speedway Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 to hear and see acts as varied as the people who were there to watch them.
    And, everyone seemed to be echoing Dover resident Donna Shane.
    “I hope it comes back next year,” Shane said.
    There’s been no admission or denial of that sentiment but given the facts, the fans could make a case for it. Across the three-day event, everything seemed to go off without a hitch. There were outbreaks of violence and few medical emergencies. When something did crop up, event staff leapt to action.
    Jessica Johnson of Connecticut saw that first-hand when she passed out Saturday afternoon.
    Page 2 of 3 - “I got dehydrated and passed out,” she explained. “The EMTs rushed right over and helped me out and even the people around me were really caring and gave me some water to drink.”
    Water accessibility was one of the few complaints heard throughout the warm and muggy weekend. With only two water stations, the line was consistently long and fans often waited for the better part of an hour to get something cool to drink.
    Most were willing to overlook the few shortcomings of the first-time festival given the number of big-name acts gracing the four stages of the event.
    The event kicked off Friday with acts like John Legend, Heartless Bastards, Bassnectar and headliner Jack White.
    Everyone had a favorite, from Keith Greer of Dover who came to see Bassnectar to first-time festivalgoer Emily Benson of Connecticut, who couldn’t wait to see The Black Keys.
    Jenny Earle drove all the way from Oklahoma.
    “Everyone on the line-up is so amazing,” Earle said. “So, it’s hard to just pick one band that was great. I will say that I was impressed with the show that Imagine Dragons did. They were so good.”
    At most festivals, as the weekend progresses, the event seems to wind down musically as the acts and crowds get smaller. However, Firefly packed each day with big names and bands reaped the rewards with a throng of enthusiastic music lovers.
    And while the main Firefly Stage may have belonged to The Killers Saturday night, Porland, OR based indie rockers Modest Mouse made their mark their as well. The surprise addition to the lineup also drew in a surprisingly big crowd who were thrilled with the typically intense set the band delivered.
    The Killers closed out the second day of the Firefly Music Festival, drawing in the biggest crowd of the day for their 9:30 p.m. performance Saturday night. Lead singer Brandon Flowers and his band put on a stellar performance that was met with raucous cheering and singing along with the band. Flowers’ first words included a brief greeting following a 15-minute delay.
    “Well, hello there Delaware,” Flowers said. “Thanks for sticking around.”
    This followed a brief but dazzling light show and preceded familiar favorites “Somebody Told Me” and “Smile Like You Mean It.” They went on to thrill with several songs from their new album as well.
    Weather-wise, Sunday opened much differently than the previous two days as the rain and cooler weather was replaced by high humidity, sunshine and temperatures that creeped into the mid to high 80’s.
    The higher temperatures didn’t keep anyone away as most seemed to have packed bathing suits, flip flops or anything that would catch a breeze.  Despite the heat, the crowds remained mellow, going from show to show as Sunday’s schedule was tight and, at times, overlapping.
    Page 3 of 3 - Fans were pleased that every stage had something to offer. The Head and the Heart opened the main stage Sunday afternoon, pleasing their fans with live renditions of songs that included their famous harmonies.
    At 2:30 p.m., Awolnation played on The Lawn but anonymous sources say that at least one fan was likely less than pleased with her experience.
    A security guard who didn’t want to be named said that a young girl at the front was hit in the back of the head by a crowd-surfer which caused her to lose several of her front teeth.
    “It was pretty bad. Her top teeth were gone and she was bleeding pretty bad” the security guard said. “But, the medical team came and got her and took care of her.”
    The security guard warned the fans at the Lawn’s next show, the Fitz and the Tantrums to be careful, explaining also that crowd surfing was not allowed because of just such dangers.
    This rule was demonstrated during the next show when a crowd-surfing girl was immediately pulled down and taken away.
    Other acts that played Sunday were The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk, both of which have a diverse cult-like following. Cold War Kids and Death Cab for Cutie also played.
    But, when the last act of the weekend, The Black Keys took the stage, it seemed as though every single festival-goer had flocked to the main stage to hear the band deliver a rock solid, hard-rocking set that included many of the bands biggest hits.
    All in all, it seems that everyone was pleased, including 25-year-old Mandy Bauer, who was thrilled with her festival experience.
    “It was different from all the other festivals and shows I’ve been to,” Bauer said. “The quality was better, from bands to amenities. Even the crowd was better. They have to come back next year. They just have to.”
     
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