Firefly Music Festival

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Hip-Hop’s Eminem will be headline this year Firefly Music Festival making it his first-ever Delaware appearance.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will join Kendrick Lamar and rockers Arctic Monkeys and the Killers for the four day annual musical event.

This is the first time that the festival has featured a pair of top hip-hop headliners.

The festival grew from around 35-thousand in 2012 attendance…to 90-thousand.

This year organizers got fan to vote online for what bands, food and activities they wanted to see.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have arrested a man they say sold ecstasy to an undercover officer at a music festival.

The Dover Police Department said in a news release that a man sold the drug to an officer Friday at the Firefly Music Festival.

Authorities say after the man was arrested and searched, officers found nearly 1,000 ecstasy pills; 40 doses of LSD; MDMA; crystal meth; cocaine; and mushrooms.

Twenty-six-year-old Jordann Reeser of Illinois was charged with numerous counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and other offenses.

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The Firefly Music Festival in Dover has gotten underway.

Yesterday morning the hip-hop group Trio kicked off the event at the Northeast Hub stage as the early campers got their own parties started.

The festival is now in its sixth years and has grown from 30-thousand attendees in 2012 to 90-thousand last year.

The genres range from hip-hop to alt-country.

The acts include Chance the Rapper, Wale and Twenty One Pilots.

Starting today the population of Dover is expected to double with the opening of the Firefly Music Festival.

Some estimate that at least 90-thousand people are expected to attend.

Officials warn that traffic is expected to be tough with 70 percent coming from north of Dover.

If traffic becomes too congested on Route 13 officials say they may shutdown Exit 104 forcing drivers to Exit 95 to bring them up from the south.

Recreational vehicles have already begun to arrive for the four day event.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Firefly Music Festival promoters are holding a competition for regional performing acts, with the winner to grace the festival stage.

WXDE-FM reports promoter Red Frog Events and REC Philly, have created the Big Break Live competition. It's open to acts within a 150-mile radius of the festival, taking place at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway from June 15 to 18.

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The Firefly Music Festival wrapped up last night with Mumford and Sons as thousand flocked to the annual event in the Woodland near Dover’s International Speedway.

During Saturday night’s performance Florence + The Machine dedicated the song “Dog Days are Over” to the LGBT community.

In the background a rainbow flag was draped behind the band as the crowd sang with Welsh.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the dedication comes in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida in which 49 lost their lives and over 50 were wounded.

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The Firefly Music Festival is underway.

The gates opened at 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon after a week of heavy rains that hit the Woodlands area near Dover International Speedway.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is not the first time there has been wet weather for the festival with an evacuation last year of the Woodlands during the Saturday night performance.

This year organizers installed large catch basins and mulch on the walkway has been replaced by gravel and rocks.

Tonight the Kings of Leon will return to the stage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Music fans are descending on Dover for the fifth edition of the Firefly Music Festival.

Campers began arriving Wednesday at the Woodlands festival site near Dover International Speedway, where 90,000 fans gathered last year for the four-day festival.

This year's headliners include Two Door Cinema Club on Thursday, Kings of Leon on Friday, Florence + The Machine and deadmau5 on Saturday, and Mumford and Sons on Sunday.

The lineup also includes Ellie Goulding, blink-182, Death Cab For Cutie, Tame Impala, Of Monsters And Men, and Earth Wind and Fire.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Organizers of Dover's Firefly Music Festival have unveiled the complete schedule for next month's four-day festival.
     A daily schedule had already been released, but fans now know the exact set times, giving them a chance to see whether any of their favorite bands will be playing at the same time on different stages.
     The festival kicks off Thursday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m. with Los Angeles electro-pop trio LANY and the dream pop group Twin Limb. Headliners Kings of Leon will play a 90-minute set the next day, starting at 10:45 p.m.

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The Firefly Music Festival is selling one-day passes again.

The tickets are available for $129 with VIP passes costing $249.

Last year there were around 90-thousand who attended the festival when single day passes were not available.

The four day pass runs $319 for general admission and VIP that have already been on sale.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the festival will take place from June 16th through the 19th in Dover.

The paper reports that among the acts are Kings of Leon and Florence and the Machine.