Firefly Music Festival 2014: An Overview

I just returned home from the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I attended 2 out of the 4 days of the festival and it was a blast! Here’s my Firefly 2014 rundown =

Who I Saw:

| My favorite performer of the weekend was, without question, the Arctic Monkeys. They have been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and yet again they put on an insane show. I pushed my way up to the front during Iron & Wine, so I was nice and close when Alex Turner took the stage at 6:45pm. They played all my favorites, old hits and a lot of songs off their latest album, AM. It was magical.

| If anyone ever offers you tickets to a Girl Talk concert, don’t hesitate and TAKE THEM. Initially, I was pretty indifferent about seeing them, but from the moment Girl Talk took the stage at 12:15am I never wanted to leave. The whole crowd was a party. There were blow up animals crowd-surfing through the crowd, and giant machines blowing toilet paper into the pit. He blended mashup on top of mashup for a totally fun environment. The crowd was just there to have a good time and to get down and dance!

| Imagine Dragons put on a great show. I was standing pretty far back, but had a really good view of the area. They ended with “Radioactive,” and brought the Cage The Elephant’s lead singer on stage to help out with the chorus.

| Foo Fighters were awesome! No one else was performing at the same time as them, so the whole festival turned up for the show.

The Food:

The food at the festival was surprisingly great. There was so much variety in choices; they had everything from kale smoothies and salads, to burrito bowls and stir fry noodles.

Things To Pass The Time:

| Firefly had one of the coolest Silent Disco’s i’ve ever seen. Silent Disco’s have been at nearly every music festival I’ve ever been to, but this one was different. It was in the middle of the woods, pretty secluded from all of the stages. So many people were rocking out in silence; it was crazy!

| The Hammock Hangout: I spent a solid 2 hours one day rocking back and forth on hammocks at the festival. They have a giant area that is filled with hundreds of hammocks. It is so peaceful and a wonderful addition to the festival.

Overall, Firefly was great and I can’t wait to return in the future!

The 1975 at Terminal 5

One of the biggest perks of living in NYC is getting to go to concerts on school nights. On Thursday night, I saw that my friend was selling two tickets to The 1975 concert on Facebook and knew that I had to snatch them up quick. I had been trying to get my hands on tickets for weeks, since the show had been sold out for the longest time and there were only 22 tickets on Stubhub going for 170$. This was my opportunity.

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We got to the concert during the warmup band (around 9pm) and got great spots towards the side. The great thing about Terminal 5 is that the entrance to the venue is on the side, so when you first walk in you are immediately pretty close to the stage.

At 10pm, The 1975 came on stage. First of all, I am OBSESSED with the lead singer, Matt Healy. He is beautiful. His voice is great, his moves are great, and most importantly, his hair is great. The band as a whole was totally awesome and put on such a great show. It was much more intimate than when I saw them at Coachella and the crowd was filled with fans who were there solely to see them.

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This was their first time doing a tour in the USA, even though they’ve been together as a band for ten years. They jumped right in and played all their hits- The City, Settle Down, Girls, Chocolate, Sex- and some of their lesser known songs like Menswear, An Encounter, M.O.N.E.Y, You. There was never a dull moment. If you missed seeing them this go around, don’t fret! They’ll be back for GovBall Day 1!

And if you aren’t familiar with The 1975’s music, check out some of their videos below.

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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What a Throwback…

In the newest music video from Iggy Azalea, “Fancy,” which dropped last Tuesday (March 4), she gives us a throwback to the classic 90’s hit flick, Clueless. The video, directed by Director X, features aussie rapper Iggy as Cher and Charlie XCX as Tai. Each part of the video is pretty spot on to different scenes in the movie, but Iggy adds in a little something of her own of course!

Also, if you haven’t realized already… it’s Thursday! Which means it’s time for a solid TBT (throwback thursday) Check out one of my favorite Spotify playlists of all the old 00’s hits for a blast from the past!

Have a listen below!

Arctic Monkeys at MSG

The Arctic Monkeys are without a doubt my favorite band. I love their style, music, and lyrics. Absolutely everything about them is perfection.

Yesterday at 5pm, I lined up with hundreds of other people to get a good spot in GA at their Madison Square Garden concert. With freezing temperatures and harsh winds, it was a really big struggle to stand outside for the full two hours until the doors opened. Once MSG let people in, and I was situated 3 people away from the stage, the real wait began. The wait to see the Arctic Monkeys. I had never seen them play live before and was counting down to this moment for the past 3 months.

Let me tell you right now… it was SO worth it.

After Deerhunter played a few opening songs, the Arctic Monkeys came on and blew everyone away.  The lights were awesome, the crowd was so into it, and Alex Turner’s voice was 100 times more beautiful than any Youtube video, Spotify recording, or CD could ever capture.  They sang new hits like “Arabella” and “Do I Wanna Know,” while also playing old songs like “R U Mine” and “Old Yellow Bricks.”  Throughout the performance, Alex Turner stopped numerous times to comb his hair back, while the giant A and M sign lit up behind him. In all, the Arctic Monkeys played a total of 20 songs.
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Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 10.47.38 PMOne of my favorite songs that they played was a Beatles cover of All My Loving.  “We thought, seeing as we’re in New York, as they were all those years ago, that we’d play a little Beatles song for you tonight. Apparently one in three Americans actually watched that performance, so if we’re lucky one or three Americans might watch this YouTube video.” With that, they briefly transported the crowd back to the 60s.

Overall, seeing the Arctic Monkeys live is something I truly hope everyone who likes their music gets to experience once in their life. They are amazing lyricists, phenomenal singers, and put on a truly incredible show. It was definitely the best concert I have ever been to.

If I still haven’t convinced you, check out this newly released acoustic cover of “Do I Wanna Know.”

Disclosure at Terminal 5

Last night, I went to see the English electronic-music duo Disclosure at Terminal 5. I only found out about the pair last year, but since then I have listened to their songs nonstop. The thing I love most about them is that although they are an electronic group, it all seems very real. With the new fame that comes along with dance music, most DJs just press play on a CD and will get paid thousands to do it. Disclosure creates all the beats themselves. They still play along to a track, but it all seems very organic.

It was also my first time at Terminal 5 and I must say, it was such as a great venue to see a concert in! Where most music venues make you enter from the back of the room, Terminal 5 has you enter at the side. This worked out really well, because we were able to get super close!
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If you are intrigued by this post and want to listen to some Disclosure, I recommend the songs below:

  • Latch
  • When a Fire Starts to Burn
  • Help Me Lose My Mind
  • F for You

Firefly, Coachella, and Govball OH MY!

I am actually speechless on this one… This past week three different music festivals released their lineups. They are superb.

The first of the 3, Coachella (CA), was released last Wednesday evening and features notable headliners like Lana Del Ray, Arcade Fire, Muse, etc. Perhaps the most talked about performer is Outkast, a group who will be reuniting at the festival. Outkast will go on to play Firefly and GovBall after this, so if you miss them at Coachella, don’t sweat it!

Okay, now on to the 2nd festival: Governors Ball (NY).  After last year, where so many people complained about the mud and threatened to not return, they knew they had to do something to draw back the crowds again. This lineup will certainly do the trick. When I saw that the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and Phoenix were all going to be performing at the same time, I think my heart skipped a beat. Normally, festivals put all the lesser known acts in smaller font, but not on this flyer. As my eyes went down the list I expected to see smaller names of bands which I am unfamiliar with, but no. The lineup is so good for GovBall that even the “smaller bands” are “big.”

Finally, the Firefly Music Festival (DE) released their lineup yesterday. What I love most about this festival is that on top of the stellar music acts, the festival itself is such a kumbaya experience. There is so much to do and there are never any moments where you are bored. Although I’ve never been to Bonaroo, I’d imagine that it’s kind of a similar experience in the way that people are very friendly with each other. It’s also really cool just because the festival is in the middle of nowhere. As for the lineup this year, it is much more Indie-Rock than GovBall and Coachella. A lot of the bands going are bands that I would pay to see on their own: Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Young The Giant, Portugal the Man, etc. This festival/lineup gets two thumbs up from me.

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I attended the Governors Ball and Firefly Music Festival last year, and plan on going to all three in 2014… I’m pretty psyched to say the least. If you have any questions about any of the festivals I would be happy to answer them in the comments section!