With yesterday’s announcement of the 2020 Firefly Music Festival – June 18-21 In Dover, Delaware from Goldenvoice and Red Frog Events – and a four-day, eight stages lineup that includes new multi-Grammy winner Billie Eilish, Blink 182, Diplo, Cage the Elephant, Rage Against the Machine, Khalid, Maggie Rogers, Halsey, Sudan Archives and David Lee Roth (among many), the campground rap-and-rock out finally and effortlessly becomes one of the big boys when it comes to outdoor music festivals. No joke, this is better than Coachella, and you don’t have to deal with the Burning Man vibe in Dover.
Known more widely, at present, as the 2020 Firefly Music Festival & Great Atlantic Campout, the East Coast’s largest music, and camping festival had to earn its stripes. Yes, name headliners such as Eminem, Florence & the Machine, Panic at the Disco, The Killers, Lil Wayne, John Legend, Jack White, Dr. Dog, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Gary Clark Jr., Morrissey and more have forever been at the top of the bill, but, the festival didn’t always have the momentum of underacts to cover the weight at top. What Firefly did always have going for its four-day fest, was something filled with sun-dappled, dusty trails during the day, and during the nighttime, an enchanted forest lined with glowing disco ball sculptures, tall trees speckled with hanging neon lights, and its crust-punk, hippie-hop crowds. Add in enough beer halls – Delaware’s Dogfish, in particular, one of Firefly’s early promotional partners – and it’s a free for all.
With Billie Eilish, who was just announced as a performer for the 92nd Oscars on February 2nd, as the premiere act on the bill (and she’s aptly creepy for the night gig) and Rage Against the Machine the picture of summery rap-rock – to say nothing of David Lee Roth, sorry, I am very excited – I’m expecting this Firefly to be the best of its bunch. At least until the next one.