Firefly Festival back with a bang


Photo: Ellie Johnson

A view from the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., on Friday Sept. 24

After being out of commission last year, the Firefly music festival is back in action featuring some of the biggest names in the country. Differing from the past, this year’s event took place towards the end of September rather than the middle of June or July.

“After the 2020 cancellation, getting to go in 2021 gave me something to look forward to all year. I felt so lucky to get to see so many artists and I will definitely be coming back next year,” said Decatur alumni Devon Kramer, who attended the festival all four days.

Patrons were required to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination, as well as a form of identification, to ensure the safety of those attending the festival. With shuttles running from both the parking lot for day access and campgrounds, where some attendees stayed, getting into the festival went smoothly.

Starting on Sept. 23, the first main act was Billie Eilish, exciting an immense crowd. The following day was a blast as well, with a more alternative genre of music. Bands like The Killers, Cage the Elephant as well as Peach Pit were featured.

“My favorite set was The Killers,” said junior Sophia Krasner. “We were surrounded by super fun people and I loved the experience, the music, the environment, everything.”

Saturday, Sept. 26, was another beautiful day with nearly perfect weather. The headline artist was Tame Impala as well as performances by Roddy Ricch, Diplo, and Glass Animals. Performances ran late into the night ending at nearly one or two in the morning.

Kira Dipitro, a Senior at Decatur, had VIP tickets to the festival this day.

“Getting to be so close to the people performing was so cool,” she said. “It was definitely an exhausting day, but it was well worth it.”

During the weekend, people spent many hours on the festival grounds. Food trucks, sponsored beverage tents, and water filling stations were provided. Like all music festivals, these products are expensive, including 4 dollar water bottles and 10 dollar slices of pizza. Though they may not have been the most affordable, fans stormed these areas creating long, time consuming lines.

Though it was the fourth and final day of staying up late hours into the night and standing for nearly all hours of the day, fans did not hold back for performances by Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Machine Gun Kelly on Sunday. The festival has been held every summer since 2012 in Dover.

With that the weekend came to a close, festival attendees began to pack up their things and embark on the dreaded car ride home.