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10:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Country Music Festivals Battle It Out on Delmarva

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There’s a country music battle going on in Delaware.

The Big Barrel Country Music Festival will be held at the Dover International Speedway this summer.

And it’s being sponsored by the Firefly Music Festival.

But it’s basically a spinoff of the Delaware Junction country music festival.

Big Barrel will be held in the The Woodlands near the Speedway from June 26 to June 28.

Tickets for Big Barrel went on sale yesterday for $99 apiece.

Delaware Junction tickets run $199 and go on sale today.

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10:20 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Firefly Misic Festival Pulls in Big Bucks for Region

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A new report found that the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover brought in $68 million for the regional economy earlier this summer.

The University of Delaware study found that each festival-goer spent around $850 for goods and services.

The survey interview around 900 attendees about their purchases at the festival and off-site businesses along with 5-thousand people who were contacted on line.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that study said the festival created 579 full-time equivalent jobs along with wages and salaries of $23 million.

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9:08 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Firefly Festival Goes Off Smoothly

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This weekend’s Firefly Music Festival drew some 80-thousand people.

That’s about the same as the number at the event in Tennessee.

There were around 110 musical acts with fans spread out over 300 acres during the four day festival.

Only minor traffic problems were reported.

Dover police said there were a few arrests for disorderly conduct but no major issues.

As the sunset last night the feel-good acoustic act of Jack Johnson sang Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” on the main stage.

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11:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Firefly Festival Traffic Begins

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The traffic in Dover as the Firefly Music Festival gets underway was not as bad as it was last year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and festival organizers made a number changes from last year including a longer festival to spread out the arrival times of attendees.

Greg Bostrom, director of the festival told WBOC that for the most part the festival kept traffic off of U.S. Route 13.

Nonetheless even though Thursday went well Delaware officials expect the worst to come on today.

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8:46 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Punkin Chunkin Could Be Coming to Dover's International Speedway

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The famed Punkin Chunkin event could be moving to Dover’s International Speedway this fall.

Earlier this year the event lost its venue near Bridgeville over liability issues.

The Speedway would provide a much bigger space that would allow the pumpkins to be shot further than ever before while generating revenue for the venue.

Gary Camp, a spokesman for the Speedway, told the Wilmington News Journal that events like the recent Firefly Music Festival and Punkin Chunkin were a natural fit.

He called it a win-win for everyone.

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11:53 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Firefly Music Schedule Is Out

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With three weeks to go before some 80-thousand music lovers flock the Firefly Music Festival in Dover it has been announced that Brit rockers Arctic Monkey will headline the main stage on Friday.

They will be rivaled by the Chicago hip-hopper Chance the Rapper who will be out on the Lawn Stage at 6:45 p.m.

Saturday matches include veteran Beck on the Lawn Stage against the pop noise duo Sleigh Bells on the Porch Stage.

Finishing off on Sunday will be Jack Johnson.


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10:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Music Event Coming to Sussex County?


Sussex County appears to have snagged a new county music festival for next year with the County Council set to hold a public hearing on using a farm 1o miles east of Georgetown.

It’s being put together by Dewey Beach businessman and attorney Alex Pires who said that festival would take place in August of 2015.

And his first choice is the 1-thousand acre Hollyville Farms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the event would use around 500 acres to accommodate some 15-thousand attendees.

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8:24 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Line Up For This Year's Firefly Concert Released

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - OutKast, the Foo Fighters and Jack Johnson will be headlining this year's Firefly Music Festival lineup in Delaware.

Festival organizers announced the lineup Tuesday. It also includes Grammy nominees Pretty Lights, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers. Weezer and British rockers Arctic Monkeys also will perform.

The festival is scheduled for June 19-22 in Dover.

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9:21 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Next Year's Firefly Music Festival Gets Bigger

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The Firefly Music Festival will expand to four days and five nights next year when it returns to Delaware.

The festival will grow to more than 100 musical acts across seven stages.

That’s up from last year’s 74 bands on six stages.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the expansion has authorities concerned about the traffic congestion resulting from the festival scheduled for June 19th-to June 22nd.

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8:46 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Firefly Music Festival Will Return

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The Firefly Music Festival drawing more than 65-thousand people last weekend will be back next year.

Red Frog Events which managed the event said that the turnout was enough for a return engagement.

Festival Director Greg Bostrom told the Wilmington News Journal that the fans showed great enthusiasm adding that his organization was pleased to continue its relationship with the Dover International Speeedway and the surrounding community.

Meanwhile, Delaware’s Director of Tourism Linda Parkowski said that the local businesses took in as much as $23 million.

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10:14 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Last Minute Preparations for Firefly Music Festival

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Dover is bracing for more than 60-thousand visitors who are expected to attend this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival.

Festival workers were out this week building stages and finish other construction projects.

There have been meetings between law enforcement, paramedics and officials from the Dover Downs Speedway as well as the state Department of Transportation.

Last year DelDOT closed Leipsic and Persimmon Tree roads near Dover Downs from 10 am Friday and through Sunday when the festival ended.

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11:20 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Campsites and Hotels Sold Out for FireFly Music Festival

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They sold out fast.

Campsites and nearby hotels are booked for the Firefly Music
Festival set for June 21-23rd.

Organizers expect that the festival could twice the 30-thousand who attended last year’s event.

They  are again using such camping options as space both in and around the Dover International Speedway, which sold out by mid-April.

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11:14 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Headline Firefly Music Festival

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining the second year of the Firefly Music Festival this summer.

In addition, the pioneering hip hop act Public Enemy, a 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, will also grace the festival’s stage.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are 71 announced acts so far for the festival…which begins June 21st.

For the camping area organizers are considering putting in water slides and volleyball courts.

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8:58 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Returns to Dover Next Year

The Firefly Music Festival will be returning to Dover next summer.

Organizers of the event that wrapped up this past weekend made the announcement yesterday.

Greg Bostrom, the festival’s director with the Chicago-based Red Frog Events, said, “We’ve found our home.”

The exact date has not been announced.

A limited number of advanced sales for general admission tickets will be available beginning today.

Dover was chosen from over 60 sites.

8:58 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Brings Thousands to Dover

The Firefly Music Festival rolled through Dover this weekend attended by around 30-thousand fans.

As the festival closed out Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the The Flaming Lips, told the crowd, “This is a really special thing you’ve got here.”

But will it be back?

Lauren Shield with the festival planned by Chicago’s Red Frog Events told the Wilmington News Journal, “No confirmation, but we’ve had  a good year."

The sun final set yesterday with the Black Keys giving the final performance of the weekend.

3:24 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Gets Underway In Dover

The Firefly Music Festival got underway in Dover this afternoon opened to the sounds of Turf War band.

This weekend features 47 bands at 4 separate venues.

The three day tidal wave of sound ranges from indie rock and hip hop, to country, soul and blues.

20-thousand to 30-thousand fans are expected to finally show up from across the country.

Vacant rooms are scarce as rock fans overtake Dover for the biggest music event in Delaware history.

8:45 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Detours and Street Closures In Dover for Weekend's Firefly Music Festival

Delaware Transportation officials are gearing up for this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival.

DelDOT says it will close Leipsic and Persimmon Tree roads near the Dover International Speedway to through traffic with detours posted along the way.

The closure times will be 1 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All roads will be reopened at the conclusion of the day’s events.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that motorists should use caution while crossing the bridge over Del. 1 because a temporary traffic plan will be in place throughout the weekend.

11:53 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Only Single-Day Passes Left for Firefly Music Festival

Sold out.

That’s the word on the regular three-day passes for the Firefly Music Festival in Dover this July.

But fans can still pick up single-day passes starting at noon today.

The Firefly Facebook says that the July 20-22 event sold out of weekend passes late yesterday

Festival officials would not say how many tickets were sold or the number of single-day passes that will be made available.

They only said that it would it be a limited quantity

The cost of the single-day passes are $68 for Friday and $88 for either Saturday or Sunday.

8:59 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Firefly Music Festival: Not Much Room at the Inn

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The upcoming Firefly Music Festival in Dover is close to selling out, but most hotel rooms across Kent County already appear to be booked as music fans consider making the trip.

The festival runs July 20 to July 22 at the Woodlands Dover International Speedway. It's expected to draw top acts including The Killers, Jack White, the Black Keys, John Legend, Death Cab for Cutie and others.

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