Every year around this time, campers, RVs, and cars of all types head through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and up Route 13 to The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware for what has become the premier music festival on the East Coast: Firefly. 2015 marks the 4th year of the festival and it is bigger and better than ever. A great mix of today’s hit makers and up and coming artists, Firefly really gives the unknowns a chance to share the stage with major artists and rock royalty as is the case for this year’s big headliner: Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul will headline Friday night with Kings Of Leon Saturday and Snoop Dogg and The Killers finishing it off Sunday night.
Now as all of the 757ers that are preparing to head up have their schedules set on which artists they’re going to see, I’m going to give you my list of the must-see acts that might not be on your radar. I promise you that after seeing them perform you will be a fan for life.
Young Rising Sons – The Lawn Stage (5:30-6:15p) The Coffee House (7:15-7:45p)
This New Jersey band alt-rock band formed just two years ago and quickly gained recognition with their single, ‘High”. The song has been featured on MLB Network, NBC and Fox’s Red Band Society.
X-Ambassadors – The Backyard Stage (10:45-11:45p)
I don’t think I really need to describe this band as they have been a long-time favorite in Hampton Roads. They just announced that they will be performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, June 24.
The Hunts – The Lawn Stage (12:15-1:00p)
The indie-folk band from Chesapeake just released their debut full-length album, Those Younger Days, which features their hit single “Make This Leap”.
The Griswolds – The Backyard Stage (2:15-3:00p)
A great pop-rock band from Australia, The Griswolds are embarking on their first headlining US tour and are selling dates out like crazy. They have a great ’80s sound that just makes you happy and gets you singing along to their catchy hooks. Check out their great video for their single, “If You Wanna Stay”
Phoebe Ryan – The Coffee House (3:00-3:45p)
The 24 year-old songwriter from LA who has written for Oh Honey, Skizzy Mars and Bea Miller has stepped out in front of the spotlight with her debut EP, Mine. Released just last week, it is quickly gaining buzz and has a great synth-pop sound that really gets you going. I absolutely love everything about this 5 song EP. Download it now and make sure you get to The Coffee House early for her set as I’m sure it will be packed.
Bad Suns – The Porch (5:00-5:45p)
The California-based alt-rock band, with a great post-’80s punk sound, are currently on their way back from across the pond where they sold-out venues across the UK. They will release their debut full-length album, Language & Perspective, on iTunes June 24th.
I’ll be heading up to Firefly on Friday and will give you an up close look at the festival and interviews with some of the above mentioned artists. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @TheBloomBoys for all things Firefly this weekend!