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Message Board: 50,000 Strong

In the age of social media and boundless access to information via the web, where do you go to find everything you need about your favorite music festival?  Most festival fans agree that their peers and other festival veterans provide the best knowledge base when it comes to getting everything they need to optimize their festival experience.  Everything from what…

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Meet Clubhouse: Our 2017 Big Break Global Winner

Last month, we launched our fourth installment of Firefly’s Big Break Contest, which allows fans to directly vote on  unsigned artists vying for a spot on the Firefly lineup. This year’s talented winner is Clubhouse, an addictive indie-pop band out of Columbus, Ohio. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about performing, spirit animals, and of course, what we can…

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Greetings Tour: Firefly 2016

Greetings Tour: Mural artist, Victor Ving, and photographer, Lisa Beggs, are on a cross-country road trip in a RV creating interactive murals that will become future landmarks. The ‘Greetings Tour’ seeks to create public art that will capture the pride of local residents for their hometowns and spark the interest of visitors and tourists. The two artists have been traveling…

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Firefly Now Accepting Fan Mail for All Artists

Fan Mail … for decades it’s been the most popular way for fans to show support and admiration for their favorite celebrities, musicians, etc. Traditionally letters, cards, and postcards were sent to an artists’ management office in hopes that someday they made it into the hands of the artists themselves. In recent years, technology has revolutionized the concept of fan…

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Firefly, Where You Belong

“Firefly, Where You Belong” A story from our favorite hammock couple, Ciera & Austin.   We were both born and raised in Rhode Island in the smallest town in the smallest state. Coming from such a small area you don’t see a lot of the world and what else is out there. Being only both 19 before heading to college…

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Announcing Firefly, The Fan-Curated Music Festival

For as many words as we have in the English language, often feelings are evoked and English falls short. In these moments, we have to lean on other languages for clarity. For instance, “komorebi” is Japanese for “scattered sunlight shining through the leaves of trees” and “forelsket” is Norwegian for “the euphoria you experience when first falling in love”. One…

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People of Firefly: Andy Vastagh

I was born in Chicago and lived about 20 min north of downtown. My backyard was a cornfield.  We moved to Memphis in first grade.  I struggled through school daydreaming and doodling and generally just wanting to get out of there and be an artist, whatever that meant. My family weren’t artists, so my father had no idea of what…

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People of Firefly: Stephen Estevez

I’m from Seattle, but I was born in Hawaii.  At a very young age my mom came to the US on an arranged marriage from the Dominican Republic. I come from a large family and my father was in the Marines which caused us to move around a lot. He had a pretty illustrious career in the Marine Corps, he…

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Catching up with Mike Rocket

Before Firefly this year, we told you about Mike Rocket, a performer who, every year, would perform outside the gates for anyone passing by. He would play every day of every year of the festival in any kind of weather, dedicated to his music and his dream of getting heard by as many people as possible. We were so inspired…

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People of Firefly: Slackline Evan

Name: Evan Bartlett, 19, Ohio   My name is Evan, but everyone calls me Sunshine. I’m from a small town in Ohio where I grew up on a fifteen acre farm with eight horses, ten cats and five dogs. I’m the youngest of four kids. My Mom is the best person I know and she worked her ass off to…

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People of Firefly: Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis, 22, Maryland   I went from a relatively secluded 18 year old to a 22 year young adventure seeking music lover within a 45 minute set.  In 2013 I worked security for the festival and caught all the acts playing the Porch Stage. I met these awesome ladies who told me that if I got the chance I…

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People of Firefly: Mia Who Met Flo

Mike Pyne: “We had taken Mia to Firefly before in 2014. She’s a big Foo Fighters fan and the lineup that year had so many bands she sings along to in the car with Mommy, we just had to go. She’s seen Flo twice before, and we were trying to figure out where we would all go this summer. and…

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The Elements

One of my favorite things about camping is being exposed to the elements: the sun, the wind, the rain. When the elements are in beautiful balance with one another, enjoying them is so much more…..enjoyable. But, when any one of these elements swings to an extreme, the enjoyment factor can plummet. I mean, who relishes being completely soaked from an…

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Stay So Fresh, So Clean at #Firefly2016

Camping at a music festival can provide some of the best memories of your entire trip. From bonding with your campmates to having the sickest campsite setup of all time, “roughing it” is both the best experiential and economical way to experience a festival. However, showering while camping can become problematic to say the least. If smelling like a pig for 2­4 days doesn’t…

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Meet the New Sound Brass Band

So, you saw this social media post from us about some brass band that is going to march through the campsites pied-pipering people over to the gates of the festival.   And, because this whole endeavor sounds crazy, you might have questions.   Who are these guys? Where did they come from? What time are they going through my campsite with…

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Rooting for Roti Rolls

Today, there’s a whole culture around chefs and cooking. Cookbooks, reality TV, and documentaries glamorize the lives of those who work in kitchens and inspire many people to follow suit.   Before that however, if you chose to make cooking a living, it often happened because you fell into it and couldn’t imagine ever getting out of that world. You…

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Snacks Worthy of the Green Room

I don’t know many people who eat 3 meals without snacking in between. I love snacks. I need snacks. While planning your menu for camping, it’s easy to forget to make a snack game plan, after all you don’t have your pantry or snack drawer accessible.  If Beyonce can ask for only green colored crudite in her green room backstage,…

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Boy & Bear Q&A

We were able to get a little time with Firefly alumni and 2016 artist, Boy & Bear. They played Firefly back in 2014, and are excited to return to The Woodlands. Read more about the band below, and catch them at the Lawn Stage on Friday afternoon.   What is your favorite part about performing? I love the energy and power…

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Waking Up On the Right Side of the Tent

While I don’t necessarily agree that breakfast is the most important meal of my day, it isn’t something you can skip while getting ready to spend an entire day dancing in the sun. That would be a bad mistake. It is likely that you will want to make breakfast at your campsite before heading out for the day. With a…

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Sleeping at Firefly

Sleeping — it can make or break an enjoyable camping experience. Sure, the point of camping is to be out in nature, watching the stars, viewing wildlife, or watching a mesmerizing fire. Or, maybe it’s breaking away from the humdrum normalcy of everyday life, getting off the couch, seeing different scenery, or escaping the noisy (or nosy?) neighbors. Whatever the…

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This Year, the Party Comes to You

Lineups get people to come, a fantastic experience gets them to come back.   Keeping that in mind, we’ve planned something new and exciting for Firefly this year.  In the past, the festival has been the festival, and the campground has been the campground. You leave one to go to the other. Two great experiences in the same weekend, but…

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Who is Mike Rocket?

There are thousands of stories that happen at Firefly, not all of them inside the festival. The following is an inspirational story submitted by one of our fans about a remarkable individual that you may have walked right by and not even realized it; a fan that embodies the very spirit we all want to possess when we come to…

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Mayhem and Stout

Often in life you have to bend, make changes, adapt to things thrown your way. Nobody knows this more than those who make their living serving food. So, when Hamilton, New Jersey natives Jason Brown and Steve Applegate wanted to open a traditional smoked barbecue place in Manhattan, they quickly found that high-rise buildings and close quarters make the heavy…

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Firefly 2016: Totem Policy

Everyone loves totems.   We don’t think there’s a festival-goer who didn’t get their picture taken with at least one. Everyone remembers Crazy Eyes, or Bob Saget, or the “Free Hugs” guy. Totems are a big part of festival life, and we want to encourage everyone to make them, bring them, and share them with us.   We realize, however,…

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For the Love of Music (and Beer)

Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. In fact, to say that we’re a bit inspired by music might be a slight understatement. From the shenanigans of our beer-geek-hip-hop band The Pain Relivaz to the beer brewed in honor of Sony Legacy artists Miles Davis and Robert Johnson, and even the live music we host at our Rehoboth Beach…

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Tips from Jamie: Campsite Food Storage

We can’t pretend that storing your food while camping isn’t extremely important, but it doesn’t have to be scary! Advance planning and organization is key. Besides being economical, the payoffs include the satisfaction of bonding with friends over a meal you made outdoors.   Step 1: Prep It Up You are going to want to become friends with your freezer…

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Meet Steffi Eger: Your Firefly Camping Ambassador

Isn’t writing a bio about oneself an incredibly daunting task? One of the reasons I’ve not moved into the realm of online dating is because I’d have to write about myself. Blah!!! I just want to meet people, hang out, talk about what we like to do, what ideas we have, and from that personal interaction, let people decide who…

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Introducing: Doom Street Eats

If you’re in a relationship, working together can be difficult. If that work is cooking, a notoriously difficult job in its own right, it can be even harder. Now, add four wheels, a grueling travel schedule, consecutive 100 hour work weeks, the desire to create a philosophy centered around great food and how it’s served, and you see the challenge…

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Shirataki? Shirawhati? Shirayummy.

The sleeping bags, the sunscreen, the tank tops, the portable chargers- there is a lot to pack for camping at a festival. Food is a big part of the camping experience, and with the right preparation it can be another source of the communal festival fun. Easy, healthy, tasty, inexpensive recipes are totally possible. Bananas, apples, crackers, jerky, and peanut…

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Meet Jamie, Firefly’s Foodie Expert

We are happy to introduce Jamie Shanker, editor of Midtown Lunch Philadelphia, as our very first Firefly Food guide. Jamie navigates the Philadelphia food scene like a chef maneuvering through a kitchen.  Born and raised eating on the spicy streets of Queens, New York, Jamie has been bringing people together through food since her 5th grade dim sum birthday parties….

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Firefly’s Treehouse Session Project

Flashback to Fall of 2012. Firefly year one was in the books, and preparations were in full swing for the festival’s second installment. Our Chicago-based office was buzzing with adrenaline and inspiration. We recognized our potential to turn Firefly into one of the best music festivals in the country and we were spending all day every day thinking about how…

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Water at Firefly

Putting on a festival is an incredibly exciting, but also complex undertaking. Occasionally, things don’t go as well as we would hope, but it’s our job to take those experiences and learn from them in order to provide the best festival for you and your friends each year. Last year, water was one of those issues. We heard your frustration…

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Foodie Friday Introduction

It doesn’t matter your choice in music, how young or old you are, or whether you’re from Delaware, NY, Philly or DC. It makes no difference if you’re in general camping, glamping, staying in a hotel or at your mom’s house. You could be a voracious meat-eater or a devout vegan. The closer we get to festival time, the more…

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Catch up with Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly is spending a good chunk of time with the Red Frog family this year. Between headlining our St. Patrick’s Day festival, ShamrockFest, in DC and playing Firefly for the first time, we are about to get some quality time with these talented musicians in 2016. We had the chance to get to know them a bit before hitting…

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Firefly Valentine’s

Everyone meets somewhere. A few weeks ago, it got us thinking. After four years and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers, presumably some couple had to have met at Firefly. The odds of at least two people coming together for music and friendship and NOT falling in love seemed unbelievable to us. So we asked, you answered, and the response was…

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Remembering Maurice White

As most of you know, Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind and Fire passed away recently at the age of 74. I thought with their upcoming appearance at Firefly and his sad passing I would take a moment to reflect on why this band, and Maurice as its founding voice, still resonates through the years with me, and why I’m…

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You should have seen us four years ago

You should have seen us four years ago. We were young, eager music fans who loved events and providing people with unforgettable experiences. Our background was in nationwide running events, not hosting the top entertainers in the music industry. We saw an opportunity to launch a major music festival in an area of the country that was begging for one….

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to The Record, the best place to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of Firefly Music Festival. Stay tuned for festival information, fan stories, artist interviews, and exclusives from the producers of Firefly.   A few tips to keep you on your game: Download the Firefly mobile app to be notified immediately about lineup details, ticket sales, and other major…

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It’s finally here.

It’s finally here. The weekend we’ve been working towards for the last year. — hours from now we will open the gates and welcome you, the most essential piece of our Firefly family, to The Woodlands for an unforgettable 4 days of music. I don’t mean use the word unforgettable lightly. Our team spends each and every day insuring that…

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Where you’re going, you don’t need roads…

Where you’re going, you don’t need roads… The chaos of camping check-in (aka load-in, aka ingress) is quite honestly one of the most important and impactful times during a music festival. I say this having an extreme, unwavering bias as I hold the role of Assistant Director of Offsite Operations, which is in charge of this process. While I am…

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The Firefly Experience

When we launched Firefly, we wanted to create something more than just a “concert”. Since the idea of launching a major music festival began bouncing around Red Frog Events’ office walls in 2010, one thing has never wavered: along with top musical performances, we wanted to create an unforgettable experience for guests every step of the way. It’s hard to…

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Please Cut Here

A 15-foot bull shark came out of nowhere and decided to take a chomp on my foot. I was working as a crab fisherman in Alaska and a rope wrapped around my leg and took it right off. Sawmill accident. Bear attack. A Yeti took my boot off on an Everest expedition and my toes succumbed to frostbite. I have…

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2015 Poster Contest Winners

GRAND PRIZE WINNER Name: Corey Age: 24 Hometown: Massapequa, New York – Currently living in the Bronx Have you been to Firefly before? If so, what’s your favorite part? Yes! This will be my third year and I always look forward to it. The people. There is nothing like the culture that exists at Firefly. Everyone that is there has…

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Flying Solo At Firefly: THE FESTIVAL THAT ALMOST NEVER WAS

Firefly 2013 changed my life. Going to a music festival for me was long overdue, and I had longed for my place in the history books among the Woodstock goers, Jack Kerouac hitchhikers, and music lovers of America. Firefly gave me so much more. Firefly isn’t just a series of concerts; it is a gigantic community. My first Firefly was…

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And It Keeps Getting Better

Music is an incredible concept. It unpacks memories, triggers emotions and brings people together. They say it can make you run faster, lift heavier, and heal quicker. This time of year, the idea of music evokes a myriad of emotions in each of us; anticipation, hope, impatience, happiness, nostalgia, excitement, the list goes on. All of these feelings come with the territory of being a music fan. The…

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Don’t You Worry, We Love You More Than You Know

June at The Woodlands is my favorite time of year, but if there’s a close second, the weeks leading up to our lineup release take the slot. The anticipation is palpable as new websites are being launched (welcome!), servers are being prepared, site plans being updated and adjusted, and fans like you are sitting on the edge of your seats…

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