I woke up at daybreak on Thursday to the sounds of some young hooligans screaming, “Firefly 2015!!!!!” The rain had finally stopped and the sun was peaking through our flooded tent. I was laying on my inflatable air mattress that had turned into a makeshift raft overnight as our shelter became a kiddie pool while it rained.
“Ahh. I am home,” I thought to myself.
This year I attended the Firefly Music Festival in the wilderness of Dover, Delaware for the third year in a row on June 17 to 21. I keep coming back because I enjoy listening to live music and hanging out with people who like to as well. (You can read about my other experiences at Firefly here and here).
More than 100 acts performed, including Cage the Elephant, Snoop Dogg, The Killers, Foster the People, Zedd, Hozier, Steve Aoki, Gary Clark Jr., Bastille, Spoon, X Ambassadors, Matt & Kim and ***Paul McCartney***.
This year, I came to Firefly with five friends, Rachel S., Rachel M., Adam, Chelsea and Kailyn. We arrived on a Wednesday night.
“Can I borrow your mallet,” was the first thing my new neighbor said to me while we were setting-up camp. When you arrive at Firefly, the goal is to unpack and set-up camp as soon as possible to mark your spot – this is especially important when a rainstorm is imminent.
People inevitably don’t know how to set-up tents or forget important tools, like a mallet, so you quickly get to know your new neighbors as you help each other out.
It was a good thing that we did set-up camp so quickly because the rain arrived soon after we arrived. Since it was late in the evening, we decided to go to sleep soon after.
Most of the next day, Thursday, was rainy and overcast. The music part of the festival didn’t actually start until 5 p.m. that day, and since the sun wasn’t pounding down on us, we mainly caught up on a lot of sleep.
First day highlights from Firefly.
Late in the afternoon, my friends and I had to start getting ready because we had a wedding to attend! Yes, I attended my first Firefly wedding this year!
I didn’t actually know the bride and groom in real life – I found out about the happy occasion on Facebook – but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t super, super excited to witness them make a lifelong commitment to each other in the woods of Firefly.
The wedding was held shortly after the festival began Thursday in this area of the Festival called, “The Pathway.” It’s this decorated walkway in the woods connecting two sides of the festival – the perfect spot for a wedding.
Probably more than 100 people gathered to watch the wedding. I knew a lot of them. Some I met through the Firefly Fan Facebook group, others I met at Firefly fan meetup events and a few I met while volunteering at my first Firefly in 2013.
It was pretty cool to take a moment and look around at all these people, hugging and laughing, and admire this beautiful community that has been created solely through a shared love of music.
I couldn’t quite hear the bride and groom’s vows, but there were lots of tears. You could just feel the love. One of the most romantic weddings I’ve ever been to.
After the wedding, it was time to view some live music, that’s what we came here for, after all!
First, we saw alt-rock quartet Young Rising Suns acoustic set in the coffeehouse. You probably know their song, “High” that’s played on top 40 radio a lot. They were OK.
But then we saw Ryn Weaver, and OH MY GOD GUYS, I HAVE SUCH A CRUSH ON HER!!! Seriously, she sounds like the love child of Lana Del Rey and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos – which makes sense because he helped produce her debut album, “The Fool.”
Some favorite Weaver songs were, “Pierre” “Promises” and “Traveling Song.” Pierre was a song about this hottie Weaver met on the Fourth of July. He lied about his age, but she didn’t care….my kind of woman. She was all about girl power, which I loved. We need more of that.
Weaver dedicated Traveling Song to her grandfather who recently passed away. As someone who lost her beloved grandfather as well, I really connected to this song.
I usually don’t fall fast and hard for anyone, but I must have been in a mood at Firefly because Weaver was the first of several artists I fell madly in love with at first sight that weekend.
The lead singer looked very foxy. At first I wasn’t really into him, I usually go for men with man buns, but then he broke out these dance moves during a very sensual song called, “Down With Me” and I was feeling it! When he brought out a saxophone, I about died!
I was feeling unsteady while he was singing this!
After Sam, that’s the lead singer’s name, finished singing me those beautiful lullabies, I was about ready to go to bed. The first day was a little bit tame, but folks, we were only just getting started!
Next Week: We see a Beatle and I fall in love with a singer from a band (again).