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2017 Firefly Music Festival Review Day 2 Friday: Judah And The Lion, Weezer, Twenty-One Pilots
  by: blogue40 - Phoenixville, PA
started: 06/17/17 2:12 am | updated: 06/17/17 2:12 am
Firefly Music Festival is back again this year in the Woodlands at Dover Downs. The festival officially kicked off on Thursday with bands such as Kaleo, O.A.R. and Glass Animals headlining the night sets. Friday kicked off the full festival and every single one of the stages was moving and grooving the whole day. Friday started out pretty cloudy with some humidity, but then sure enough the sunshine came on through. The day started off with a Philly native band, Cold Roses, who brought the morning energy to the Southwest Hub stage and helped wake up the groggy campers.

First to make an appearance on the Main Firefly stage was hot up and coming band out of Nashville, Judah and The Lion. The boys put on an electrifying show playing many of their songs including their hit single "Take It All Back." The boys even paid homage to The Killers and did a cover of their hit, "Mr. Brightside."

The next band to play on the Main Firefly stage was a bit of a change in tempo. AFI took the main stage at around 4:00 pm and got the crowd moving and ready to keep jamming out as the day went on. Moving on over to the Backyard Stage, Bob Moses played their set full of their synth rock tunes. Even though some of the festival goers seemed to be fading from the heat and humidity (and maybe some from their drinks), most of them had their heads bumping and feet moving.

Back on the Main Stage, Franz Ferdinand jumped on and was able to keep the day rolling with more tunes and good music to jam out too. Lil Dicky took the Lawn Stage at 7:00 pm and brought the whole crowd on their feet, jumping and singing along. The comedic rapper was getting many laughs from the crowd as he is always known to do. Although I was only able to catch the tail end of his set, I could hear the crowd roaring all the way from the media tent.

As the sun began to go down, and all the festival goers began to get a break from the blistering sun, Weezer took to the Main Stage at 8:15 pm and brought the life back to the party to kick off the headlining sets of the night. In typical Weezer fashion, their giant W, lit up and glowing, hung above the stage as the put the rock in rock & roll. Next up, was Miike Snow on the Backyard Stage and Ok Go on the Lawn Stage. Both performances lit up the night with their music and warmed up the festival goers for the main event…twenty-one pilots.

Josh and Tyler from twenty-one pilots put on one heck of a show, as they always do. From playing hits off their 2013 album Vessel to their 2015 album Blurryface, the duo really knows how to put on a show. They took the stage and the crowd immediately went wild, and kept that way for the whole hour and a half set. Lights were shining, the bass was bumping and the crowd was loving it. The duo were joined on stage by former touring buddies Judah and The Lion and performed covers of "Tubthumping" and "Jump Around." At one point during the set, drummer Josh Dunn got into an inflatable ball and ran on top of the crowd in the pit, a staple act at every twenty-one pilots show.

To close out the night were two EDM artists, Flume who played on the Backyard Stage and Matoma who played the Pavilion. I was not able to catch Matoma's set, but as I was leaving the festival I caught some of Flume and boy was he keeping the crowd moving into the early morning hours of Saturday. Many of the festival goers looked like they wanted to keep the party going straight through to Saturday.

Over all it was an amazing first day here at Firefly, the bands were great, the weather was perfect and there is even more to come tomorrow. The top headlining performances for Saturday will be from Bob Dylan, The Weekend and Chance The Rapper.

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