Firefly Music Festival will be held on June 15th-18th, 2017 in Dover, Delaware. This annual event, started in 2012, spans a four day period. It features amazing talent in a relaxing environment. Firefly takes place among wooded landscapes and boasts seven stages with headliners, as well as emerging artists, from various genres.
Firefly 2017: Trending and upcoming musicians
1Chance the Rapper
Hip Hop Recording Artist
Coming on the scene with vibrant rhymes and jazzy retro beats, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper broke through with the 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap. Having considered a career in music throughout his high school years, Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, used a ten-day suspension during his senior year to record his debut mixtape, 10 Day. Uploaded immediately to the Internet in 2012, the tape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which featured it in the publication’s Cheap Tunes column.
American Rock Band
Weezer was founded in Los Angeles on February 14, 1992 by Rivers Cuomo, Jason Cropper (replaced by Brian Bell), Matt Sharp, and Pat Wilson. The band began writing music and playing local clubs. Despite not having much success at first, the band pressed forward. After 16 months together, playing shows and recording demos in Los Angeles, DGC records signed Weezer. The band moved to New York to record at the famed Electric Lady studios under producer Ric Ocasek (of cars fame).
Electronic Music Producer
Attacking the dancefloor with speaker-ripping electro and a snarky sense of humor, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Dillon Francis kicked off his career with some Moombahton hits before he landed on the perfectly suited Mad Decent label. Francis debuted in 2010, going willingly “dumb” from the beginning with his collaboration with rapper Dirty Nasty and the duo’s cover of “Sandwiches” by the Detroit Grand Pubahs. He released the solo Swashbuckler EP on the Play Me label before joining Diplo’s Mad Decent.
Indie Pop Band
Miike Snow was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Band members Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg were childhood friends who spent time playing in bands and working on various projects in studios throughout the city of Gothenburg. Karlsson used to be a member of Swedish hip-hop band Goldmine, who toured with The Fugees. After separate moves to Stockholm, they reunited in 2000. In 2004, whilst working on writing a pop album for Britney Spears, the pair met the third band member, American songwriter Andrew Wyatt.
In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and publishing company. Although an active musician since then, singing background vocals and writing songs for other artists, her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single, “Right Round”.
Indie Rock Band
Glass Animals are an English indie rock band from Oxford. The group released their debut album Zaba in June 2014 as the first release on producer Paul Epworth’s label Wolf Tone, and their second album How to Be a Human Being was released on 26 August, 2016 to critical acclaim. The band have toured internationally and featured on line ups at festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Reading/Leeds, Falls, Southbound and Bestival.
Phantogram is a trip-hop/psych-pop duo which formed in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. The band consists of Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Joshua Carter (guitar, vocals). Their music can be described as a culmination of unique street beat rhythms, psychedelic melodies and organic textures. The band practices and writes music in an out-of-town farm called Harmony Lodge. The group name was inspired by the optical illusion called phantogram.
8The Naked and Famous
Indie Elctronic Band
The Naked and Famous are an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alisa Xayalith (vocals, keyboards), Thom Powers (vocals, guitars), Aaron Short (keyboards), David Beadle (bass), and Jesse Wood (drums). The Naked and Famous took their name from English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid”, which is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity. In the song, Tricky quotes the line “everybody wants to be naked and famous”, from The Presidents of the United States of America’s song “Naked and Famous”.
Every story has two sides, and that adage is certainly true for Kaleo, the four-piece band from Iceland who now call the US home. Call it a split upbringing: the isolated heritage that results from coming of age in Iceland has paired with the fresh inspiration of moving to America, and the band has built a sound to match the disparate landscapes. A gorgeous and raucous blend of rock, folk and blues, Kaleo’s debut LP embodies that very spirit of duality: titled A/B, the album showcases the band’s multi-layered dynamics and ability to play different genres with equal skill.
Born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, in 1972 of Jamaican heritage (a definite influence on his rapping style), Busta moved to Long Island in 1983 and, at Uniondale High School, met up with MCs Charlie Brown, Dinco D., and Cut Monitor Milo. Inspired by fellow Long Islanders Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra Records right out of the gate, when Busta was only 17 years old.
Comedian and Rapper
His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized as “funny,” and “impressive” by his friends. His first commercial album, Professional Rapper, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 200 and #1 on both the comedy and rap charts. A non-traditional rapper, Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation to spew out entertaining and relatable content.
Alternative Pop Band
A Juno award-winning sextet from Toronto who generate a spirited blend of folk, pop, alt-country, and indie rock that they dub “folk popgrass,” the Strumbellas were founded in 2008 by head songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Simon Ward, keyboardist/vocalist David Ritter, lead guitarist Jon Hembrey, violinist Isabel Ritchie, bass player Darryl James, and drummer Jeremy Drury. Invoking names like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the group issued their eponymous debut EP in 2009, followed by a series of high-profile shows and festival gigs.
13Francis and the Lights
Electronic Musical Group
An elusive and romantic mix of soul and electronics, Francis and The Lights deliver a riveting, cinematic live performance that exists in its own universe with its own rules. In 2010, Francis and the Lights released the EP “It’ll Be Better,” and toured with Drake, MGMT, KE$HA, Mark Ronson, and La Roux.
Christian Hip Hop Artist
Nathan “Nate” John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), whose stage name is NF, is an American Christian hip hop rapper, singer and musician. He released an extended play in 2014 with Capitol CMG, NF, and it was his breakthrough release on the Billboard charts. He has released two studio albums: Mansion in 2015 and Therapy Session in 2016.
Dark Pop Singer-Songwriter
Bishop Briggs is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter of dark pop. She was briefly known as BISHOP before reverting to the full form of her branding inspiration, her family’s hometown of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, in order to avoid confusion with a heavy metal band of the same name. Briggs was born in London, England to Scottish parents but attended school in Tokyo and Hong Kong before settling in Los Angeles after secondary school. There, she was heard performing in a local bar, which led to the recording of her first single, “Wild Horses.”
Indie Pop Band
Sir Sly is an American indie pop band, formerly known as “The Royal Sons,” formed and based in Los Angeles. The band includes vocalist Landon Jacobs and instrumentalists Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen. While they originally operated anonymously together under the band name “The Royal Sons”, the trio gradually built a steady following and managed to top The Hype Machine chart, eventually revealing their identities.
K Flay’s new EP, Eyes Shut, is a response to apathy. Thematically, the disc’s five tracks offer a dialogue about what it means to care—and not care—in the twentysomething era. K Flay, the moniker for San Francisco-based musician Kristine Flaherty, reacts to this generational indifference musically. Her spit-fire rhymes and distorted indie-electro production are infused with unabashed passion and thoughtful concern.
DJ and Singer-Songwriter
Hailing from Australia, Anna Lunoe is equal parts DJ, vocalist, songwriter and producer. She is a proven underground club killer with the unique ability to conquer the biggest of festival stages, whilst consistently delivering up genre bending productions that transcend EDM clichés. In a few short years, Anna Lunoe catapulted from being virtually unknown in the US, to performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, TomorrowWorld & Hard Fest.
DJ and Record Producer
Born and raised in London, multi-instrumentalist Jonas Blue has so far taken the music industry by storm. A true dance vibe but with pop sensibilities, its clear to see that he has cleverly crafted a sound which fills the void that so many are craving. His debut release ‘Fast Car’ features the incredible young vocal talent, Dakota. The record itself is already a certified global smash.
Indie Pop Artist
Indie-pop artist Quinn XCII emerged as one of 2015’s most exciting new artists. Growing up in Detroit, Quinn XCII was raised on the city’s Motown musical history, fueling a passion for myriad musical genres from rock to reggae to funk to hip-hop. As a sophomore at Michigan State, Quinn XCII began to write and record his own music, quickly becoming a college mixtape sensation. Traveling frequently to Ann Arbor to record new material with his childhood friend producer ayokay, Quinn XCII began to craft his own laid-back sound that drew on hip-hop, electronic, and tropical influences.
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