The Firefly Music Festival moved into its third day on Saturday, June 21. The four-day festival held at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway drew an impressive lineup for 2014. Saturday's featured artists included the imaginative Beck, Imagine Dragons and this year's festival darlings, Outkast. Cage the Elephant and Twenty One Pilots both drew active crowds with highly energetic sets.
The expansion to seven stages, including the intimate Coffee House, has given attendees numerous options to experience at the festival in an idealistic setting. The Firefly grounds literally ooze personality with an atmosphere that changes to fit the setting. The rain forecast for the past few days has held off, leaving near-perfect conditions for the music festival. Unfortunately, that also meant airborne dust was everywhere.
The 2014 Firefly festival will come to a close on Sunday with a full lineup that begins at 12:30 p.m. The always impressive and equally mellow Jack Johnson will headline, while The Lumineers, Weezer and Broken Bells are also on the lineup. Oddly, Jack Johnson is the only of the three main headliners to play with opposition—Childish Gambino will perform at the same time on the Lawn Stage.
Click through to see a photo recap of Saturday’s action at Firefly.
A fixture on nearly every major North American music festival this year, Outkast closed out the Firefly Main Stage on Saturday night. The Atlanta duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi have been honing their chops since returning from a lengthy hiatus to perform at Coachella earlier this year. They spit poetic, offering tight verses while impressing with most of their classic hits including “B.O.B.,” “Ms. Jackson” and “The Way You Move”.
Cage the Elephant
Having just wrapped up a successful spring tour in support of “Melophoboia,” Cage the Elephant always perform a blistering live set with their punk-infused alt-rock, highlighted by frontman Matt Schultz over-the-top stage presence. Highlights included “Come a Little Closer,” “Shake Me Down” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.”
Beck displayed his musical genius at 2014 Firefly on the Lawn Stage opposite the amazing Johnnyswim, Sleigh Bells, and Tegan and Sara. Fans that opted for Beck were treated to a brilliant performance of such classics as “Loser,” “Devil’s Haircut” and “Sissyneck” that segued nicely into Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The latter was less intoxicating considering that Chris Cornell mastered that trick long ago.
Imagine Dragons were the success story of 2013. Scrapping their way from club act to selling out major arenas, They parlayed that into one of the best performances at the Grammy Awards with Kendrick Lamar. Fans—and critics—are eagerly waiting to see if their next album will live up to the success of “Night Visions.” Their set at Firefly offered no surprises or new material, but frontman Dan Reynolds voice sounded great after some much needed rest following their lengthy tour. Reynolds also choked back tears after thanking the Firefly crowd for their strong showing, having played the 11 am slot two years ago.
Grouplove were just announced a co-headliners to this year’s Honda Civic Tour, alongside Portugal. The Man. They performed twice on Saturday, a mid-afternoon set on the Main Stage and then a more intimate set in the evening at the Coffee House. They’re currently touring in support of their sophomore effort, “Spreading Rumors.”
Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind took a break from their time in the studio to perform at Firefly. They'll also be performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee next week. They treated fans to new music, playing "Back to Zero" halfway into their set.
Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez comprise the soulful duo Johnnyswim. The packed the Forest Stage on Saturday afternoon in support of their first full-length album, "Diamonds." With pristine vocals, dynamic personal chemistry and camera-friendly appearance, look for the couple to ascend to greatness in the near future. Unfortunately they had a light turnout because they performed near the end of the Imagine Dragons show, and opposite both Beck and Canadian artists Tegan and Sara.
Touring on their debut, self-title EP, Smallpools hit the Firefly crowd with music from that effort. Highlights included "Dreaming," "Mason Jar" and "Over & Over."