The Firefly Music Festival wrapped up a successful 2014 campaign with an impressive cast of performances on Sunday, June 22. Featuring four days of music across seven stages, comprised of just under 100 musical artists, the event has grown stronger in each of its three years of operation.
Sunday’s headliners included opposing sets by Jack Johnson and Childish Gambino, while electronic music fans stayed to catch Big Gigantic perform a late-night show. Weezer, The Lumineers, City and Colour were among the day’s highlights. One of the more difficult decisions was choosing between rising stars Phantogram and Broken Bells whose start times differed by 15 minutes.
Given the rate at which Firefly has evolved over its first few years, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2015. This is definitely a festival to add to your bucket list.
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Jack Johnson is in the midst of a U.S. tour that highlights his latest release, “From Here To Now To You.” He pushed out a 90-minute headline set that was peppered with music from most of his catalog, including hits “Taylor,” “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” and “Radiate.” His set was a perfect companion to The Lumineers Main Stage performance earlier, giving fans an entire evening of music that they could sing and sway the night away.
Weezer are one of those unique bands that don’t fit the mold, and have stayed true to their signature sound (a la Cake or Violent Femmes). It was one of those days where chilling on the Main Stage just worked out. “Hash Pipe,” “Undone,” “Beverly Hills” and a few fun cover songs made the day for many in the crowd.
It’s been a relatively quiet year for The Lumineers, with their performance at Firefly being one of their few U.S. dates., and thy're still riding high from their critically acclaimed debut album. Their folk-inspired melodies invoked a massive sing-a-long on the Main Stage leading into Jack Johnson’s headline set. Plenty of dancing and foot stomping created a dust-storm that could be seen across the festival grounds.
City and Colour
City and Colour delivered a strong set of melodic folk music. Dallas Green and gang hit the crowd with a heavy mix from the 2013 release, “The Hurry and the Harm.”
Australian musician Vance Joy opened the Lawn Stage on Sunday afternoon. He just finished a tour with Young The Giant, showcasing his debut EP, “God Loves You When You’re Dancing.”
Brooklyn pop outfit Haerts are making their mark with their debut EP, "Hemiplegia." They drew a crowd to the Forest Stage with his "Wings" and "All The Days."
NONONO spent the spring opening for Twenty One Pilots, who mostly sold-out tour was great prep for the early crowd at Firefly on Sunday morning. They opened the Backyard Stage and quickly hit the crowd with catchy grooves that lay the foundation for vocalist Stina Wappling’s sweet vocals.