By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia
Live Review: Firefly Festival 2022 – Dover, Delaware – September 23-24th, 2022
Firefly Festival Coverage 2022 – Friday (9/23) and Saturday (9/24)
One of the biggest music festivals in the North East USA the Firefly Music Festival was back in the beautiful Woodlands of Dover, DE after a long gap of 2 years. This year the massive lineup had names like – Green Day, Halsey, Dua Lipa, My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Yungblud, Avril Lavigne, Manchester Orchestra, All time low, Porter Robinson, and Zedd (to name a few). Rock at Night was present on day 2 (9/23/2022) and Day 3 (9/24/2022) of the festival and it was an amazing experience.
The festival was located amidst the natural beauty of the woodlands of Dover, Delaware. I am sure the campers had an awesome time staying there overnight and watching the sunrise in the morning. The festival had 5 stages – the biggest one is the massive Firefly stage which is close to the north side entrance of the festival, another big stage is the Backyard stage which is close to the south entrance, The pavilion stage is close to the backyard stage and mainly hosted the EDM artists, for me the most beautiful stage was the Treehouse stage which is in the middle of the trees as the name suggests and hosted more intimate performances, finally, the Nest stage is again as the name suggests looks like a nest on top of a tree. Though there were some overlaps between the performances, as photographers we were able to catch as much as we could.
Now let’s get down to the main attraction of the festival – music. Firefly is such an event that has something to offer for everyone based on their taste in music – EDM, Pop, Punk, Rock, etc. I will be mentioning the acts that I was able to witness during the 2 days of the festival. The first act on Friday for me was Mod Sun; he put on a blast of energy on the stage. On the other side Dot at the pavilion made everyone dance to her beats. Next up – Dayglow and The Backseat Lovers created a vibe that was infectious to the audience. Cold War Kids and All time low just rocked the hell out of everyone. As the sun sets, Avril came to the firefly stage and the crowd went crazy – there was literally no place for us to come out of the pit it was so packed. As the night progressed, Weezer came on the firefly stage and once again proved why they are one of the legends of Alt Rock. A big disappointment was the cancellation of Big Sean’s performance, but My Chemical Romance literally helped us to get over it for the night. It was an absolutely stunning performance – special mention for Gerard Way for taking it to a different level.
Saturday started with the performance of Jagwar Twin, who prepared the audience for the rest of the day. Next up was Sueco – he used not only the stage but came down to the audience and made them sing and drew tattoos for them. Jordana at the tree house put up a really nice acoustic show. Weston Estate made everyone vibe to their groove. Benny the Butcher, Princess Nokia, and Isaiah Rashad set the Backyard stage on fire with their tremendous hip hop music. Special mention of Princess Nokia – what energy. Wolf Alice and Yungblud- two back-to-back acts from England conquered the US with their music and performance. The Head and the Heart and Bleachers blended the genres from rock, jazz, and pop – Jack Antonoff was amazing as always. Finally, it was 10:25, Green Day came on stage and the audience went crazy. I am not sure how to describe them or if at all I need to. I was a fanboy shooting for my childhood idols. Billie, Mike, and Tre just took control of the festival for the duration they were on the Firefly stage and it was a lifetime experience for anyone who witnessed them.
Finally, I would like to give a standing ovation to the management of the Firefly Festival. I can not describe how well organized it was. The whole festival was designed keeping in mind the comfort of the audience. As media representatives, we were treated really well and we had all the necessary requirements met at the media tent. Just to give an example – there was one time we had trouble coming out of the pit during Avril’s performance and raised that to the management. For the following acts, we were navigated back and forth from the Pit. Kudos to all the media coordinators and everyone from the Firefly festival management who were able to make such a grand event happen almost smoothly.
**My personal take away: 1) Favorite band to photograph-Green Day and Yungblud, 2) Biggest bucket list to see-Green Day, 3) Loudest band-My Chemical Romance, 4) Highlight of the festival-the location and ambience, and 5) Biggest disappointment-Not seeing Big Sean
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