Every year at Firefly Music Festival, Dover, Delaware, plays host to some of the biggest names in music, but also some of the best upcoming artists. Whether it’s a band like Panic! At The Disco, who have toured across the globe or Chelsea Cutler, who’s recently burst onto the scene, Firefly is a fantastic place to find your next favorite artist.
Here are 5 artists we loved catching at Firefly Music Festival this year.
1. Sir Sly
Los Angeles-based Sir Sly stunned their fans during the performance, which included tracks like Astronaut, High, &Run, and fan-favorite, Altar. Although it was a short set, Sir Sly’s energy was electric, inspiring lead singer Landon Jacobs to even climb on a production tower on stage. Listen to Sir Sly’s 2017 album, Don’t You Worry, Honey here.
2. Bishop Briggs
With wild energy and an incredible on-stage presence, Bishop Briggs was a fan favorite in Dover this year. After her debut album came out in April of last year, Briggs quickly rose to almost 60,000 followers on Twitter alone, sparking the music industry to quickly take note of who she is and what she stands for in her music. Briggs’ powerful performance of “River” captured fans attention at Firefly and quickly made attendees of all ages her fans. Check out a fan-recorded performance of “White Flag” on YouTube here.
3. Hippo Campus
Minnesota-born Hippo Campus continued to make a name for themselves at Firefly this year. After another successful album release, the band has been touring non-stop to continue to build their reputation in the indie music scene. With an incredible set list, Hippo Campus included tracks like “Suicide Saturday,” “Buttercup,” “South,” and even a track that’s not even been released, “No Pomegranates.” Check out Hippo Campus’ latest release, Bambi, here.
Instrumentalist brothers, Adam, Jack and Ryan have continued to grab attention by creating infectious pop music, especially in the last year. At Firefly, their set demonstrated their energy and talent, pulling in a significant crowd. Including tracks from their latest release, Neotheater, AJR’s continued dedication to their fanbase made for a perfect late afternoon set that set a ton for the rest of the day.
5. Alec Benjamin
Although Alec Benjamin is young, his talent is not. Strong, powerful and soulful, Benjamin has quickly gained thousands of followers from his collaborations and social circle. While his friends have helped him be seen by potential new fans, his talent alone has captured their hearts and ears, quickly skyrocketing him to more than fourteen million listeners a month on Spotify. Benjamin’s performance even included a live debut of “Must’ve Been The Wind.” Benjamin created one of the most unique and authentic sets of the entire weekend.
Who was your favorite artist at Firefly this year? Let us know in the comments below and check out more festival coverage from Beyond The Stage here.