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Ben @ Firefly

Recap: #Firefly2015 Day 4 – 21 June

Oh, the trials and tribulations of a four-day music festival.  It was outstanding thus far, and got even awesomer by the end of Sunday.

The hurricane cancellations made it so that legendary producer/DJ Steve Aoki was rescheduled for 2:30pm on one of the side stages.  There would have been no way on the face of the planet that I would have been able to see him at the original time, late on Saturday night, so this was a very cool turn of events.

I finally got to see a crowd get “CakeFace”d.

And it was outstanding.

My only disappointing musical artist appearance was Benjamin Booker, whom I had much higher hopes for.  It’s not that I don’t think a well placed swear word during a set is bad, but if you’re constantly cursing at the audience and you’re a professional, you need to do it right.  So I had to walk away from that stage and find solace in a better place…

That place was the Ben & Jerry’s stand where I combined my two loves, ice cream and live music while walking over to see Broods (who were great).

And not that I wasn’t into seeing Bastille, but their originals and this cover of TLC was very cool.

Finally, the artist I was most looking forward to was set to play on the stage that was the worst, in terms of mud to dirt/rock ratio.  I don’t understand the logic of how the organizers worked the Pavilion Stage, but they need to work on that for next year.

It was no secret that in addition to Gary Clark, Jr, Tove Lo was at the top of my list.  Not to brag, but I had a feeling her album “Queen Of The Clouds” was going to be big and I still think there’s more room for her to get even more popular. She opened with “That’s My Gun,” then went on to perform most of the record, including, “Not On Drugs.”

The crowd was super-pumped for the rest of the show.  Blasting thru “Stay High,”

A few other tracks led to these awesome moments from “Talking Body,” (which we’ve heard on the radio multiple times per day since the show…)

But this was my favorite moment from the entire four-day festival:

And that was that.

Awesome time… Best first music festival experience I could have had… Good & bad.

Firefly Alert

Recap: #Firefly2015 Day 3 – 20 June

All the days are blending together now.  I’ve waited too long to do all of this writing but forcing myself to do it now somehow seems like the right thing to do.

On Saturday the 20th, my Firefly lineup was, if I may say, awesome.  I almost couldn’t have planned it any better.

Woke up and got moving early enough to catch this magical moment…

Then eventually headed over to see Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness.  Who was amazing.  His entire performance was great, and even though “Cecilia & The Satellite” is the hit, I really liked “Canyon Moon.”

Next, was one of my top three artists I wanted to see… Gary Clark, Jr.  I’ve been waiting to see him for a while, and honestly didn’t think I’d get the chance (and was able to see him twice in 10 days or so, which was special).

Surprisingly enough, the next artist on my list wasn’t on many other peoples.  Can’t figure out why other than not enough airplay or publicity, but i have to say, I really did Zola Jesus.  And the people that knew about her, were just as happy as I was to be able to get up close & personal.   I found it extremely ironic that she was performing on the Forest Stage and her album is called “Tiaga,” the Russian word for forest.

Not to put too much of a downer on the headlining artists, but this is how close I got to Foster The People singing “Coming Of Age:”

I left the festival grounds shortly after taking that video, and it was a good thing, too, because there was a hurricane alert pushed to all of our phones via the Firefly app.

Firefly 2015 Alert

Firefly 2015 Alert

So they ended up cancelling the late night shows and rescheduling for Sunday…  Which I’ll get to next.


Recap: #Firefly2015 Day 2 – 19 June

It was a Friday and I had designs to attend a very conservative four artists, choosing to pass up the headliners of Morrissey and Paul McCartney. Some would call that sacrilege, but I knew that Morrissey would be doing most of his new album, which although very good, would not be what most people would be expecting and it would be kind of crazy… And Not for nothing, but I’ve seen Sir Paul a few times and didn’t want to battle the crowd.

Before heading out, I walked over to The Hub and walked around to check out the even more alternative scene.  There were food trucks selling all kinds of stuff including these guys, The Gouda Boys.

The Gouda Boys @ Firefly2015

The Gouda Boys @ Firefly2015

First up was Clean Bandit on the main stage and they were phenomenal.  I knew that they would be.  The main stage/early time artist dynamic is interesting because these are performers that not only have headlined their own shows, but could still be thought of as niche.  More on that later.

Here’s Clean Bandit doing a litte of their hit “Rather Be”

I had every intention of catching Wolf Alice next, but somehow I faffed around and went to Echosmith instead.  It was hot out.

I thoroughly enjoyed their set and their song “Cool Kids” really kicked it up a notch.

And since Walk The Moon was at the same stage, we just hung out in the small VIP area until the next set started. I have to say that the band is much more than their “Shut Up And Dance” chart topper.

It was then that I tried to see Odezsa at the Pavillion stage which ended up being a complete mudfest with a crush of cush-kids.  It’s hard to understand the pull of taking photos of two dudes hitting drum pads, no matter how much I liked them. Not really my scene so I bolted out and passed by Big Data on my way to another VIP section.

And that was Day 2… More soon….

Recap: #Firefly2015 Day 1 – 18 June

My first music festival was a success in spite of having a very busy schedule and missing a few of the artists I had wanted to see.  I mean, what’s one to do with all that amazing music?

Here was my timeline…

Starting on the night of Thursday, 18 June I was able to see Hey Rosetta!   Their hit, “Kintsukuroi” was excellent, and they also did a smashing cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” 

After that, I managed to catch a little Ryn Weaver, who was charming and put on a great performance of “Octahate.”

Thursday was more of a get-to-know what’s where and get sorted so it wasn’t a late one.