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Delaware gets glowing with Firefly

By Billie Criswell | May 23, 2013
Photo by: Daren Criswell The hot air balloon will return to this year’s Firefly Music Festival.

The countdown to Firefly Music Festival is on. Only four weeks out! Last year's inaugural fest in Dover was unbelievably fun, and this year's June 21-23 event promises to build on its momentum.

Last year it seemed like everywhere I turned I was greeted with a familiar face - or a familiar beer (thanks to Dogfish Head and its delicious Firefly Ale). It was surreal to be so close to home and in the center of a mega-concert event with national headliners, including The Black Keys, John Legend and Jack White. I am looking forward to that large-scale feel within a hometown range again, as this year's fest stages The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, MGMT, The Avett Brothers and – one of my personal favorites – Vampire Weekend.

Ticket sales were smoking hot this time around, even shutting down the website at one point. Red Frog has cast a wider net when it comes musical variety this year. Making it to all the music at Firefly this year is likely to be an Olympic-size challenge, but I am determined to get to as much of it as possible.

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I was happy to see that in the schedule, which was released last week, they have extended the hours. Music will be rocking until 1 a.m. this time, which I know will make a ton of people happy.

Red Frog Management seems to take suggestions to heart when it comes to creating a scene, and they are adding some attractions this year to the roster. One such is a cinema area. I've been to festivals with movie-viewing areas, and they are always a welcome break for weary feet. The hot air balloon will be back as well, along with the hammock hangout and arcade.

Firefly will also give back again this year with its TOMS campaign, One for One Movement, which was so in demand last year the line was overwhelming. For every pair of TOMS purchased at the festival, one will be donated to a child in need. Artists will be customizing pairs of TOMS on site, which is a great souvenir to take home from the festival grounds if you ask me.

I’m super excited to head up to Dover for Firefly, and I hope you all are, too. I’m happy about the move from the dead heat of July to the more mild (and less rainy) month of June, and I’m eager to see how they will build upon the foundation from last year.

Tickets are still on sale for day passes, so get yours by going to

Happy concert season!

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