It’s here, it’s here! Now we just need the weather to cooperate. The weather is always a question mark for Firefly. We had the dust bowl year and the associated Firefly Flu. We had the mud year, ugh, the smell was brutal, but as of now it looks like the weather will hold for the most part and we should be in for a great weekend of music. With music in mind I’ll highlight some bands worth seeing this year.
There are definitely bands worth seeing at the camping stages this year. Specifically I would check out Carverton, repeat repeat, Jared and The Mill, Bencoolen, Future Generations, Sub-Radio, Hamish Anderson, Vita and the Woolf, and Savoir Adore. Some of these bands have also received slots at The Coffeehouse, Treehouse, and Toyota Music Den, which were highlighted last week. In the Northeast Rising Showcase I’d check out Luke O’Brien, Chill Moody, and Hardwork Movement.
Must see bands on Thursday would include Glass Animal, Kaleo, O.A.R, K. Flay, and local girl Maggie Rogers. Bands worth taking a chance on for Thursday - Elohim, Wilderado, and Salt Cathedral.
Friday is the heavy hitter day loaded with must see shows and lots of conflicts of schedule and some tough calls to be made. For must see bands I’d go Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, Stick Figure, Judah and The Lion, Barns Courtney, Shaed, and Foreign Air. Bands worth a look see on Friday include Miike Snow, Franz Ferdinand, Banks, Bob Moses, and Dreamers.
Saturday is the odd schedule day with a big hole in the late afternoon. For must see bands I’d go with The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Galantis, The White Panda, and Bishop Briggs. Lots of bands worth taking a chance on such as Keisha, Capital Cities, The Naked and Famous, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lewis Del Mar, Magic Giant, Sunflower Bean, (how about those two band names back to back), Andy Frasco, and Mondo Cozmo.
Sunday brings us to a close but with plenty of must see shows including Muse, Phantogram, Busta Rhymes, Bleachers, Misterwives, The Strumbellas, and Secret Weapons. Sunday Funday could also include The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis, Nahko and Medicine for The People, Hamilton Leithauser, Jacob Banks and NAWAS if you are willing to expand your musical horizons.
As always there will be more great music then you manage to see. To close I’ll give you my five can’t miss bands that aren’t headliners. Barns Courtney, Judah and The Lion, Foreign Air, Bishop Briggs, and The Strumbellas. That was really hard to cut down to five bands so I’m cheating with two bonus picks. Go see Vita and the Woolf at the Southwest Hub at 2:30 on Saturday and go see Secret Weapons on Sunday at 12:45 at the Lawn Stage.
Look for me at Firefly I’ll be in an old Quiksilver bushmaster hat. It used to be white four festivals ago, now not so much. But it’s still perfect for keeping out the sun or the rain. I’d love to see you and will be happy to say hi and hear about what’s been awesome for you at Firefly! You can also follow me on Twitter during the festival @Jettyrat_RB, where I’ll be posting throughout each day.