It is Sunday morning, the final day of the 2015 Firefly Music Festival. I am both sad and relieved.
While I miss hanging out with my friends and listening to amazing music in this environment built to feel like make believe, I am also completely over port-o-potties and “bathing” with baby wipes.
“You missed a crazy night last night,” he told me. “Really? How so?” I inquired.
He went on to tell me tales of people generally acting like hooligans as the rain poured down.
….Dozens of empty bags of Cheetos, Pringles and Doritos littered the campgrounds…
We spent a leisurely morning at the campsite before we decided to headed into the festival grounds to see BORNS perform. Even though he had an early set time of 1:30 p.m., he still drew a very decent sized crowd.
His song, “Electric Love” has since become one of my favorite songs.
EDM performer Steve Aoki was next up, he was supposed to perform a late night Saturday show, but mother nature had other plans. He made up for it with a set on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
I’m not really that into EDM – aka electronic dance music – but I was curious to see how this late night act would happen in the daytime.
Well, there were THOUSANDS of people waiting to see Aoki. It was nuts! We were all packed tightly together like peeps ready for consumption on Easter. It was HOT, HOT, HOT and being so close to each other only made even hotter.
I didn’t hydrate much prior to Steve Aoki’s set, which would prove to be a very bad decision later on, but nevertheless I danced my butt off. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?
And I had a BLAST!
Later that afternoon I paid for it. All that dancing and lack of hydrating led me to be pretty out of it. I was super dehydrated and started to feel very lightheaded a short time later while listening to Bad Suns perform their song “Cardiac Arrest.” How fitting.
During this time, I tried to rehydrate by drinking four $4 bottles of water (the lines for water at the free refilling stations were much too long by this point, I couldn’t wait an hour for water). But my efforts didn’t do much good and I tried to take a nap in the only shady area I could find, a mud pit near a crowded walkway.
Eventually I got up and forced myself to eat something. Then I caught the end of Hozier’s set.
OK, let’s talk about Hozier, the bluesey singer of “Take Me to Church,” for a moment. His music on the record is GREAT. I love it! “Cherry Wine” and “From Eden” are my jams, but I’ve seen this dude three times live, twice at festivals and once at a solo club show, and he just doesn’t do it for me in the flesh. I feel like he is always phoning it in and seems like he doesn’t really want to be there.
But anyway, moving on. When Hozier’s set was over, the entire crowd left, probably to see Bastille who was performing at another stage. My friends and I seized on the opportunity to grab front row spots for SNOOP DOGG, who would be performing on the stage Hozier just left in an hour and 15 minutes.
I was still not feeling hot, but I was about to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT with SNOOOPPPP DOGGG front and center shortly, which made me feel somewhat better. I mustered up all the energy I had because this was about to be epic and I wanted to enjoy it.
While waiting for Snoop, my friends and I met some nice folks around us. I blew bubbles. The security guard in front of us was taking peoples stuff – hats, shirts, towels, etc. – dunking the goods into buckets of water and throwing them back into the crowd. It offered a nice cooldown!
Then, Snoop Dogg came on and he was ridiculous, funny and under the influence.
My favorite part of the set was when he blasted “I Love Rock N’ Roll” over the speakers and screamed “I Loveeeee Rock N’ Roll” over and over again.
Someone got arrested as seen in the video below.
On the way out of Delaware we grabbed some grub from McDonald’s and I had the fourth best meal of my life.
My Firefly 2015 Top 5
5.The Storm on Saturday night
4. Snoop Dogg’s performance
3. The Firefly wedding
2. Paul McCartney’s performance
1. Cage the Elephant’s performance