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.