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Third year biggest yet for Firefly

Presale 2015 tickets on sale Wednesday, June 25
By Nick Roth | Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Nick Roth Colin Louis Dieden and Katie Jayne Earl of The Mowglis perform during their set on The Porch stage June 20 at the Firefly Festival in Dover.

Dover — The 2014 Firefly Festival was its biggest and best yet, with more than 125 acts spread across seven stages in the Woodlands next to Dover International Speedway. Firefly attracted an estimated 80,000 people each day, hailing from all 50 states and 17 countries.

With Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Weezer and other big-name acts, the 2014 edition shows the festival is growing fast, from 30,000 attendees its inaugural year and 65,000 people its sophomore year.

"We believe Firefly is officially in the big leagues," said Firefly Director Greg Bostrom. "Certainly I think some of the national attention we've gotten so far would indicate that as well."

This year was the first time organizers included a fourth day of music, opening June 19 with 11 shows. Bostrom said an estimated 60,000 people attended Thursday night; by Friday afternoon, he said, more than 50,000 campers were all checked in and enjoying the festival.

"The theme of 2014 is and has been bigger and better," he said.

Now Bostrom and his staff at Red Frog Events turn their attention to 2015, when the crew aims to top this year's event. Next year, Firefly will be held June 18-21. $199 presale tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 25, at

A festival-goer holds up a giant cutout of esteemed actor Morgan Freeman. Many fans use the cutouts as a beacon for friends to find. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A fan crowd surfs during the New Politics' set on The Lawn stage June 20. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Many selfies were taken during the festivities as concert-goers documented the weekend. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bleachers singer Jack Antonoff, also lead guitarist of the popular indie rock band fun, took to the Main Stage for an early set June 20. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Firefly patrons file through the Woodlands toward the Main Stage. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Milton brewery Dogfish Head had a big presence at Firefly, offering its beers in a large tent near the Main Stage. The brewery again brewed Firefly Ale for the festival. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Gavin Jasper of the Saints of Valory performs for a small crowd on The Big Break stage June 20. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Thousands of fans file into the festival grounds at Dover Downs. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The excitement and anticipation for this year's Firefly Festival emanated from most festival-goers, who traveled from all over the country for this year's edition. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Firefly Festival Director Greg Bostrom talks about the event's success at Dover Downs over the last three years. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Gov. Jack Markell stopped by the festival June 20 to check out one of the state's biggest events of the year. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Firefly Festival is an opportunity for all fans to show off their quirky side. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
No, it's not race week at Dover Downs. An estimated 50,000 campers stayed on the grounds for the four-day festival. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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