Review/ Firefly Festival 2015

Imagine being handed a pass to go to the best music festival the East Coast has to offer…(I hear you Governors Ball). The only directive given: take some photos and go have fun. By the end of your 4 day weekend you’ve acquired 5 additional passes (all rightfully so), wound up with 4 interviews, lots of new friends, and lots of mud on your shoes. This is what happened when Mixtape went to Firefly. And here’s what we have to tell you about it:

It’s All About The Music

Billboard has already told you that Betty Who stole the show…only second to Paul McCartney…they’re wrong on both accounts. Both of those artists blew us all away. Paul brought me to tears. Spoon was spot on as ever. AWOLNATION won my saving grace.

But there were two acts you probably missed because you were busy charging your phones or seeing Snoop. These two bands are going to have a huge impact in the next year: Empire of the Sun and Glass Animals.

I can’t say enough good things about these two acts. And being in a sea of people during their sets, you could feel the good energy reverberate off into the atmosphere. Not to mention the insane talent and fresh sounds that came from them.


Like any festival, there were many conflicts of interest. Snoop was on the same time as Empire,  Modest Mouse the same time as Kygo…yet we were able to see both floating in between (thank you VIP pass).

The biggest conflict was Thursday night. X Ambassadors (who tore. it. up. another act you need to hear), TYCHO (brought a full band complete with ocean scenes and many many shirtless bros), and The Kooks (who stole the night with their insanely catchy melodies). All three acts were on point, great openers for the weekend, and all worth mentioning.

Kygo was a full on feel good party. The energy, the vibes, the happiness. The same went for Aoki, a living legend, who seems even more relevant today by his Firefly set.

Festival Layout

Firefly’s a huge festival and it’s getting even bigger. As far as stages go, Forest, Backyard, and Lawn all seemed to be the most accessible. Pavillion…was a great idea with a terrible execution (it was a muddy pond the entire time complete with agitated security guards). Apparently there were two hubs for food, confusing interviewees when they tried to meet up with us…staff and security had NO idea where we were or were trying to go…this was a recurring theme the whole weekend. Best hangover food we tried was at one of the food vendors outside the venue (mac and cheese, sausage, bacon, chicken, in a roll…yes this is a thing and it’s called the Dr. Lector).


The amazing talented people Mixtape met along the way was due in part to the equally awesome staff behind the stages that drove golf carts around the entire weekend…god bless them. The rides were a cross between being in Jurassic World and Entourage as we were chauffeured around in the muddy Woodlands.

PM_YNOT Backstage

Expect some awesome Music Tea this week. This Firefly experience was truly one for the books.

PM_YNOT Firefly Experience

See all photos over on Philly Mixtape’s facebook page here.

And share your favorite moments from the festival in the comments section below !!

Mixtape Music News/Festival Edition

Lots of festivals happening this June, some that have already happened. In this edition we cover the news of some of that ish…I’ll be quick because you’ve got some festivals to go to.

1. Jon Hamm Gives Up His Bonnaroo Artist Pass

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 13:  Comedian Zach Galifianakis and actor Jon Hamm seen on the "Other" stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, TN – JUNE 13: Comedian Zach Galifianakis and actor Jon Hamm seen on the “Other” stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In-between throwing candy at Belle and Sebastian and hanging with Zach Galifianakis, Hamm had some time to hit up a local diner in Chattanooga. While there he became a good samaritan and handed off his pass to waitress Abby Swartz. The all artist pass not only got her into the festival to see acts like Billy Joel and Brandi Carlile, but also got her into the artists backstage tent. Abby told press, she’s not that outgoing, but that night…she got it all. A true festival experience.

2. Lady Gaga Plays ‘Imagine’ Again…This Time Redeems Herself

Back in ’09 during Gaga primetime she debuted a re-imagined edition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” which was atrocious (and can be found here).
This time, during the European Games Open Ceremony, she did the Lennon ballad justice, not changing the words. While albeit theatrical, this is the Gaga we always knew she had in her. It’s the Gaga that finally seems to be coming to the forefront. Listen below:

3. Deadmau5 Wants His Canadian Parody Of A Musical Stopped !

Deadmau5 and lawyers released a cease and desist letter to stop a musical satire on the artist and EDM culture. The concept: “think Ratatouille meets Book of Mormom”.

Deadmau5’s statement: “I appreciate their intent but they REALLY went about this the wrong way.” More than anything, it appears they have infringed on copyright, which is why Deadmau5 is so upset. He’s been posting remarks, as the mouse does, via Twitter. We’d still really like to see this musical.


4. Ting Tings Cancel U.S. Tour

The one and only Kate White has ruptured her tendon on her hand causing the duo to call it quits on the rest of the tour. This sucks to say the least as the act rarely tours the U.S.
Catch them if you can next time around, but for now, rock out to their latest album ‘Supercritical’:

5. Firefly Festival CONFLICTS !!

So many acts. So little time. Billboard summarizes the biggest scheduling conflicts while at the festival in Dover DE this weekend. Among them:

The Kooks vs. Tycho
Big Data vs. Odesza
Modest Mouse or Kygo
Matt and Kim or Cruisr
Foster The People or Betty Who
Hozier or RJD2
Bastille or Citizen Cope
Snoop Dogg or Empire Of The Sun or Tove Lo or The Killers

You decide…I gotta head over to the festival now !!

Stay hydrated festival peeps.