We came, we rocked out: Firefly 2014 Recap

The best thing about Firefly is that you can discover your new favorite band or artist. The worst thing is that it’s all in one weekend and you will not be able to see every single act you’re interested in! It’s best to check out some new acts earlier in the day and stay late for the major bands you grew up with and have been dreaming of seeing since you discovered music in the first place.


Maya Tuttle of The Colourist Photo Credits: Joe Papeo

It’s fun learning of complete newbies like The Colourist with their fun upbeat sound that wowed the crowd early Sunday afternoon. With female drummer Maya Tuttle singing, playing the drums, AND dancing with her upper body – how could you not dance with them? However, it’s just as awesome to see The Lumineers play your favorite songs to a crowd of thousands singing along. It’s always great to see the big acts put just as much into their performance as the smaller acts that are trying to build their fan base. And the way they use their instruments! They have the energy of that crowd and more in just five (sometimes six) people.

The Unlikely Candidates gave a great show Saturday. At the time of day when most festival goers were exhausted, they showed us that true rock isn’t dead and revived us all with songs like “Follow My Feet” and “Howl.” And what makes us love them even more? They had nothing but praise for Philly! (Well, that and Kyle Morris is truly a rock god. Just look at him!) We can’t wait to see them in town again!

Bands like Outkast and Twenty One Pilots performed to tens of thousands with superb performances. Hearing old favorites such as “Bombs Over Baghdad” and “Hey Ya!” were the consummate finish to a Firefly Saturday. Twenty One Pilots gave their all doing their trademark back flips and wearing their killer ski masks. Seeing such hardcore guys soften it down with a uke and “House of Gold” stole more than a few hearts that day.


Christian Zucconi of Grouplove Photo credits: Joe Papeo

Grouplove was amped up for their performance! Starting backstage with jumping jacks, the band didn’t stop dancing while playing and singing. Hannah Hooper’s lace bodysuit was ideal for her aerobic performance. Christian Zucconi didn’t let her steal the show though, joining her in the dance while singing and strumming his six-string. If you ever need a pick-me-up and they’re in town, check out them out!

Unfortunately, not every group meets our expectations – especially when we have fond childhood memories of them. Third Eye Blind initially drew a large crowd but the energy wasn’t there as much as with other bands (irregardless of age.) The new music we were all open and eager to hear turned out to be a tad too high for lead singer Stephan Jenkins. Even though the music (including the vocals) on standards such as “Never Let You Go” and “Jumper” were good… it seemed a bit too lax performance-wise.

However, the best bands of the entire festival were two big names we all know and love. Weezer’s guitar skills far surpassed expectations and expectations were high to start with. Their performance was on a different level from the rest. They played all of the favorites (which was obviously a long list) and more. Their vocals, musicianship, stage presence… when you see them, you’ll know why they’re still around as a big name act. We need to petition them to come to Philly more often!


Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters Courtesy: Firefly Festival

The number one performance was undoubtedly Foo Fighters. Friday night they gave a TWO HOUR set to the largest crowd of the festival. It’s not necessary to elaborate on how much of a god Dave Grohl and the rest of the guys are. We were told after their two hours of playing their own greatest hits, they came back for a half hour long encore playing nothing but covers in the wee hours of the morning. Is there any band that could beat that? I invite you 2015 acts to try!

The festival was closed Sunday evening with a nice chill Jack Johnson. He was the perfect way to end a wonderful weekend. Everyone was melancholy that the festival was over but the crowd was content and calm leaving with the good vibes of “Bubbly Toes,” “Upside Down,” and “Better Together” running through their heads. Thanks again, Firefly! Can’t wait to see what next year has in store!

Photo Credit: Red Frog Events/ Firefly


  1. Victoria

    July 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I’m definitely going to Firefly next year!

  2. Lauren S

    July 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I’m disappointed to hear about Third Eye Blind’s underwhelming performance, hope it was an off day…

  3. Wakana

    July 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    So sad I missed out! Would’ve loved to see Weezer.

  4. Tim DeSario

    July 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

    This weekend sounds like a blast. Looks like the bands put on some awesome performances.

  5. Darlene Steelman

    July 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Sounds like a great time! Really love the write-up on this. Makes me wanna go next year. 🙂

  6. Keegan

    July 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Weezer!! They’re playing Musikfest and I have to see them, their albums have been a bit lackluster as of late but their live show has never suffered. New album also on its way!

    What a lineup, too. Third year for Firefly and it’s already become one of the premiere fests in the US..in North America, even. Awesome work!

  7. Amie

    July 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Really need to make it a point to go next summer, always sounds like a blast!

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