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Today, Firefly Music Festival dropped their daily lineups, revealing which artists would be taking the stage over the four-day period. With 93 days to go until the June 15 kickoff of the first “fan-curated music festival”, excitement is brewing amongst ticket-holders, and this recent announcement may have just convinced many others to commit to at least a day of Firefly.
Over here at the Musies, we’re huge proponents of attending all four days of major festivals like Firefly, but we understand that it may not always be an option. So, we want to get you prepared for Thursday, March 16, when daily passes will go on sale by breaking down our must-see artists from Thursday to Sunday in June. These musicians will be some of the hottest in the game right now, or they could be our prediction for artists poised for a massive breakout this summer. Either way, we suggest you give all these names a proper listen if you’re deciding between a day of Firefly 2017.
Win & Woo
Dead Man Fall
1. Glass Animals
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English indie-rock band Glass Animals has slowly, but surely, become a staple in their respective genre. Since their forming in 2012, they have produced two studio albums, which have included hits like the hypnotic “Gooey” and the playful “Season 2 Episode 3“. Going into this summer’s festival circuit, Glass Animals will be featured at the mid-level on a number of lineups, but we expect them to be the headliner for Firefly’s Thursday night slot.
Lesson here: We know you’ll be tired from setting up camp all day, but don’t go to bed early.
O.A.R. has been an integral part of the American rock and jam scene since the mid-1990s. Growing up only a few hours away from Firefly’s Woodlands in Dover, DE, this Maryland band has been steadily touring their entire career. They’ve generated eight studio records and have been behind smash hits like “This Town” and “Shattered“. Festival goers from every generation will be able to connect with this performance, and we predict that it will be a surprise highlight for a typically uneventful first day.
Lesson here: Don’t spend too long eating your gourmet hot dog, and get a good spot for O.A.R.
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Here we have the most fun performance of Thursday night, hands down. Anna Lunoe, one of the few female producers in the EDM arena, is not the most known DJ; however, she is surely the hardest working. Constantly firing out hits like “Radioactive“, running her own Beats 1 program, and touring under her personal brand of HyperHouse would tire out even the biggest electronic superstars, but Anna Lunoe is a special breed of entrepreneur. Not to mention, she plays some badass tunes. Her blend of bass and house music brings together a multitude of EDM fans, and with her being one of the only electronic artists of the night, it’s likely that this performance will be a certified banger.
Lesson here: Drink some water before this show.
Twenty One Pilots
Judah & The Lion
Sir the Baptist
This Australian virtuoso has done it all in the past year. Flume has been awarded two Grammys, sculpted out his own genre in the realm of EDM, and has been top billed on festivals all across the planet. Needless to say, his Firefly performance is not one to be missed. If our past experience serves us well, we expect Flume to go up against a big name like Weezer or Franz Ferdinand, but these artists are best seen at a more condensed venue where they are the stars of the show. Flume’s megastructure he’s been touring with lines up flawlessly with the multi-million dollar production Firefly is bound to set up. Additionally, his music can be enjoyed without knowing every word to the lyrics, which makes the experience unmatched when you’re attending the festival with a large group.
Lesson here: See Weezer on their next stadium tour.
2. Benny Benassi
Two words sum up the musician in Benny Benassi. Absolute legend. This guy has been through it all. He has DJed throughout the 80s and experimented with the budding house music genre, transitioned to electro and produced one of the biggest hits in electronic history “Satisfaction“, and played at every festival known to human. If you don’t think Benassi brings this seasoned knowledge to every performance, you’re sorely mistaken. This set will take you through the ages, and will be a perfect late night treat after Twenty One Pilots. This is probably our pick for must-see of the weekend, so please heed our praises for the one they call Benny Benassi.
Lesson here: Bring the glowsticks to this one.
3. Sir the Baptist
Photo by Roger Morales of Chicago Magazine
Now, we have another up and comer in Chicago native Sir the Baptist. Recognized and pegged by icons such as Jay-Z, this hip-hop cultural minister has an unparalleled live performance. Blending the idea of cleansing with hymns about life, this young man has taken cities by storm. His style is upbeat, uplifting, and more than anything, distinctive. Get familiar with his sound by listening to “Raise Hell“.
Lesson here: If you hear this guy across the way and it sounds like a church gathering, go join.
Chance the Rapper
The Naked and Famous
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Francis and the Lights
The White Panda
Lewis Del Mar
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Andy Frasco & the U.N.
1. Chance the Rapper & Taylor Bennett
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In 2017, Chance the Rapper needs no introduction, but his younger brother Taylor still might. Both of these young men are coming off epic releases, Chance in Coloring Book and Taylor Bennett in Restoration of an American Idol. Although both the Bennett brothers have been embedded deep into the music scene for quite some time, Firefly Music Festival may be one of the only, if not the first, to bring them to the stage on the same day. We can’t say for sure, but we expect there to be some serious familial jamming during both their sets, so make sure you’re up early for Taylor and stay late for Chance.
Lesson here: Red Bull is your friend on Saturdays at a festival.
2. The Naked and Famous
Up until recently, The Naked and Famous were riding the wave of their last hit in “Young Blood“. This indie electronic band from Auckland have been a festival favorite for the past half decade, and now they’re heading to Firefly with new material. Their latest album, Simple Forms, sticks to their adored soundscape and will play perfectly to a sunset performance on Saturday evening. Listen to our favorite song off Simple Forms here.
Lesson here: Remember your blanket for a nice sit down set before things start picking up at night.
3. DJ Jazzy Jeff
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Coming fresh off his headlining performance at Philly’s first ever Boiler Room, DJ Jazzy Jeff will be laying down some serious heat on Saturday at Firefly. Now you may not be familiar with his style, but you better believe it’s not the Fresh Prince theme on repeat. No, sir, this man is a certified legend in musical stylings and even fresher on the 1s and 2s. Make sure you hit his set if you’re looking for the hottest tracks in modern hip-hop mixed with undeniable classics from Ja Rule, Aaliyah, and Dead Prez.
Lesson here: Watch that Boiler Room link before going to this festival, and you will know where you’ll be during DJ Jazzy Jeff’s time slot.
4. Francis and the Lights
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Another newcomer to the festival circuit, but hardly an amateur to creating beautiful music is Francis and the Lights. An unquestionable innovator, he’s produced multiple projects and worked with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and even Kanye West. You might recognize this track entitled “Friends” that was played out on BBC Radio, Beats 1, and Triple J in heavy doses. In his unique style, you can even hear where Bon Iver drew his inspiration for his latest album 22, A Million. Obviously, this set will probably be a little earlier in the day, but if you make it out you might even see another Chance appearance with the duo performing “Summer Friends“.
Lesson here: Bring a tissue box. Tears may be shed.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Waka Flocka Flame
1. The Shins
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Fresh off the release of their fifth studio album, The Shins will be heading into the spring and summer with some critically acclaimed new material. Heartworms is already trending with hits like “Name For You” and “Painting A Hole“, but classics like “Caring is Creepy” is bound to bring age groups young and old.
Lesson here: If there was any time to relax during your last day of festival raging, The Shins’ time slot would offer you that opportunity.
2. Dillon Francis
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If you don’t recognize the name Dillon Francis, it’s time for you to follow him on all outlets of social media, especially Instagram and Snapchat. Not only do his moombahton tracks like “Need You” and “Masta Blasta” bump heavily, but he also has some hilarious alter egos that he displays for the world on snap story. One of our favorites has to be DJ Hanzel, which is Francis doubling as a pompous, German deep-house producer. Dillon Francis has stayed at the top of the game in EDM, and has consistently been top billed at festivals everywhere from Dover to Mumbai.
Lesson here: Bring a towel and plenty of water because this one is going to get sweaty.
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We’ve been following this UK group since they started churning out tunes last year, and it’s lovely to see them finally making their way over the pond to share music stateside. Blossoms are a young indie rock band, but their songwriting demonstrates experience years beyond their age. Just listen to the expansive and retro song “Charlemagne” that has garnered over two million views on YouTube alone. This is another band that is not only up and coming, but new to America altogether. Make sure you’re up and out to the festival grounds early to catch these boys doing their thing.
Lesson here: Always see the British bands.
4. Saint Wknd
Last but certainly not least, we have an undiscovered talent in the producer/DJ Saint Wknd. We discovered his music during a set from Philly’s finest DJ Cosmo Baker, and it was his remix of AlunaGeorge‘s “I’m In Control” that truly caught our ears. And dare we say, it may trump the original. The basslines Saint Wknd incorporates are deep, but his production stays simple enough not to beg for your attention. This guy has got some serious potential, and we can guarantee his set will be a killer time.
Lesson here: Bring your dancing shoes.
Let us know if we missed anyone in the comments section, and make sure you get your daily passes for Firefly 2017 here on Thursday at Noon.