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Firefly goes full-throttle with Foo Fighters

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The 2014 Firefly Music Festival kicked into high gear on Friday, June 20, after an abbreviated opening day schedule last night. All seven stages were open for business and the music flowed non-stop from 12:30 pm until around 2 a.m. with a stellar headline set performed by the Foo Fighters.

Chance the Rapper packed the Lawn Stage opposite a simultaneous high-energy performance by Arctic Monkeys. Portugal the Man and Young the Giant were other key artists to watch on Friday. Jack Antonoff of Fun also showed off his side project, Bleachers, while his other band recuperates from the superstardom attained by “Some Nights.”

Music will again commence at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a featured headline set by Outkast. The Coffee House Stage is also worth checking out as artists such as Grouplove and The Wild Feathers will present encore performances in a more intimate setting. Beck, Imagine Dragons, Cage the Elephant and Twenty One Pilots are just a sample of tomorrow's artists to see.

Festival management also announced today that Firefly will return in 2015. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday and the music festival will take place June 18-21.

Follow the link above to see photo highlights from Friday’s performances.

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl can do no wrong and, arguably, has taken over the reigns as the king of rock and roll. The Foo Fighters took time away from working on their highly anticipated next album to headline Firefly. The band has been showing up in random places to perform secret shows, while also jumping from city to city to record tracks in historic recording studios.

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Arctic Monkeys

Having made an impression touring in support of The Black Keys on their U.S. tour in 2012, the Arctic Monkeys are starting to draw momentum that placed them atop the U.K. charts (again) after the release of their latest album, “A.M.” Their infectious grooves drew fans closer as their Main Stage set progressed. A perfect choice leading into the Foo Fighters.

Bleachers
Bleachers © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Bleachers

Jack Antonoff is part of the creative genius behind Fun. His side project, Bleachers, began The Strange Desire World Tour at last weekend at New York’s Governor’s Ball. Their debut album will be released on July 15 and lead single “I Wanna Get Better” has Antonoff’s personality draped throughout.

Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man drew a large crowd to the Backyard Stage. Centered around original members John Gourley and Zach Carothers, the musicians jam mentality proved strong as they rocked out on “People Say” and “Hip Hop Kids.”

Young the Giant
Young the Giant © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Young the Giant

Touring on, “Mind Over Matter,” Young the Giant has been drawing sell-out crowds prior to their show at Firefly. They’re set competed directly with Band of Horses, giving fans a tough choice. Their strong rock guitar melodies with a dash of pop proved effective on “It’s About Time.” Other crowd favorites included “Cough Syrup,” “Apartment” and “My Body.”

Kongos
Kongos © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Kongos

Kongos are currently riding high on radio hit “Come With Me Now” off their 2012 release, “Lunatic.” Just proof positive of the better-late-than-never mantra for the South African rockers. They had the honor of opening the Firefly Main Stage on Friday afternoon.

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