Firefly 2015 was magical, scary, dirty and fun. That pretty much sums it up. Magical because of the bands, scary because of the storm, dirty from all the mud and fun because of everyone and everything involved. Read more below to read about it!
Last Thursday, I woke up at 5 in the morning with only 4 hours of sleep to pick up my friends in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Despite the earliness, we still hit a little bit of traffic. Typical New York. It should only have taken us 3 hours to drive from New York to Delaware but we stopped at some rest areas before hitting Walmart. Us city folk don't really have an accessible Walmart near us so we were just in awe at the dirt cheap prices there. We were spending quite some time just browsing through and picking up necessary and unnecessary things before we had to snap out of it and get to our camping site.
Our camping site had ample space. The 30' by 10' lot fit our mini van, 3 tents, tables and chairs. We were distanced in the middle of all the amenities which was good because when you arrive, you don't get to pick your camping spot. I later found out that one of my camping neighbors was one of the engineers of my earlier projects. Small world! The personnel will just guide you to the organizer's order. It's all about luck!
We were "accidentally" the first people to enter the Firefly Festival 2015 grounds. That made Day 1 pretty exciting because we got the rare chance to see everything in its pristine state.
The headliners were Paul McCartney, [Kings of Leon] and The Killers. Around 200 bands played over the course of four days. Kings of Leon were not able to perform because of the crazy storm that happened during Saturday where everyone had to be evacuated from the venue. We had to stay in the car for a few hours and wait until the tents and canopies stopped flying in the air literally. The Killers were nice enough to cover some Kings of Leon songs on our last night.
Overall it was such a great experience meeting new people, discovering new music, struggling with keeping ourselves clean, good food and great company even with the storm and all. Definitely grateful to have attended this memorable festival!
Hej! I am Katherine Ann A. Salamat and I am originally from the Philippines. Currently, I am an architectural designer in New York City. I love all things Nordic, language, design, food, travel, anthropology and experiential writing.