In a highly-speculated move, Firefly’s jump from Red Frog Events to AEG Entertainment (re: Coachella) brought more than just employee changes. For the first time since 2013, Firefly Festival will now be three days.
Now in it’s eighth year, Firefly has taken the coveted spot as the second major festival of the summer, bringing both newly-freed students and music-loving adults out to the Woodlands of Dover, Delaware for four days of camping, food, and music. Last year’s festival brought in high-profile acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, and Foster the People, and a number of smaller artists such as Smallpools, Banners, Flor, Middle Kids, and more. While we expect the high caliber of artists not to change, the loss of a day would likely cause the festival to be more tightly-packed, fast-paced, and spread thin. Festival publicist Patrick Confey says the lineup will feature even more artists over an “entertainment-packed three day schedule” that is “easier to attend for most fans.” Sounds like fans can expect a lot of scheduling conflicts.
Such a change has had longtime attendees worried that the festival is headed towards a complete revamp, with a flip in the type of artists (and subsequently, crowd) the festival brings in. While that information won’t be released until well into 2019, it remains to be seen whether Firefly will become Coachella 2.0.
Announced was also a Firefly Loyalty Program, a streamlined process for previous fans purchasing tickets. This Thursday, November 16, all returning fans who have previously purchased or registered a wristband (for any year) will be given a twenty-four hour pre-sale window to buy 2019 passes at special prices. It is unknown whether this loyalty program will provide fans with anything extra come festival weekend, but it at least saves them a few extra dollars.
To accommodate campers over three days, early entry is now on Thursday (for a start on Friday), as opposed to Wednesday for a start on Thursday. Departure for all campers remains on Monday. Additional details on where to stay, including upgraded camping, expanded glamping and new hotel packages, as well as the 2019 artist lineup and slate of exciting new programming will be released soon.
Firefly’s social media pages have since been updated with a new look to reflect the management change, and fans can expect new information this coming Thursday.