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Firefly Music Festival rolls into its third year

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The four-day Firefly Music Festival commenced its third year of operation on June 19, held at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. Thursday's performances began at 5:45 p.m., with a condensed lineup that was limited to three of the seven festival stages. Enough to acclimate attendees to their surroundings with a handful of emerging artists before activities kick into high gear on Friday. The festival entertainment has effectively doubled in size from its inception just two years ago, expanding from 48 to 95 total acts.

Thursday's artists included a headline set by Local Natives on the Backyard Stage, with other performances by Amos Lee, Phosphorescent, Courtney Barnett, Kodaline, Parade of Lights and Andrew Bell. Music rotated virtually non-stop between the Backyard and Lawn Stages. The Forest Stage was also active, with sets by Rac, San Fermin, Gegory Alan Isakov, AER and John & Jacob.

Music will start earlier over the next three days, with artists playing as early as 12:30 p.m., with shows going as late as 2 a.m. spread across all seven stages. Friday's headliner is the Foo Fighters--with fans hopeful to get a taste of their next album. Other key artists include Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, Band of Horses and Chance the Rapper.

Click through the link to see a recap of Thursday's Firefly highlights.

Amos Lee
Amos Lee © Daniel DeSlover /

Amos Lee

Touring on "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song," the follow-up to his chart-topping "Mission Bell," Amos Lee closed out the Lawn Stage on Thursday at Firefly. The majority of his setlist was comprised of those two albums, including "Windows are Rolled Down," "Flower" and "Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps." Then he tossed in some fun for the crowd with a little Barry White.

Local Natives
Local Natives © Daniel DeSlover /

Local Natives

A band that thrives on organic growth, Local Natives started with a self-funded debut album, "Gorilla Manor," and built their music and following from a rudimentary beginning. Their garage-folk sound is unique and matured on their follow-up release, "Hummingbird."

Phosphorescent © Daniel DeSlover /


Matthew Houck's Phosphorescent has been gaining traction--he also performed on the opening day of Bonnaroo last weekend. Though he's been a musician for over a decade, Phosphorescent finally broke through with the 2013 release, "Muchacho." Impossible to categorize its sound, Houck's deep fusion of country and roots rock is reassembled to convey a deep personal connection to his thoughts and experiences. The result is a musical journey that must be heard to be understood.

Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett © Daniel DeSlover /

Courtney Barnett

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett maintained Thursday's primary theme of country folk rock. She performed the majority of the songs from "How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose."

Kodaline © Daniel DeSlover /


Irish indie rockers Kodaline performed a strong set Thursday evening on the Backyard Stage. Highlights included "High Hopes," "After the Fall" and "Love Like This."


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