Firefly 2021 Preview

While they had to cancel last year like everyone, Dover, Delaware’s Firefly is back & big, this time in September, 23rd to 26th, Thursday-Sunday....
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While they had to cancel last year like everyone, Dover, Delaware’s Firefly is back & big, this time in September, 23rd to 26th, Thursday-Sunday:

(and if you can’t make it to Delaware, you can livestream it on the Mandolin platform – go here to create an account & watch)


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

 

Firefly Stage

 

Billie Eilish, 10:15 PM – 11:45 PM

Just try to catch electro-pop sensation Billie Eilish (QRO photos at a festival), who turned a lot of heads and hips with her debut single “Ocean Eyes” and EP Don’t Smile at Me, and then debuting at #1 in 2019 with the hit “Bad Guy” and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (QRO’s #1 Album of 2020, duh). She has since become one of, if not the, biggest stars on the planet (QRO photos), from the No Time To Die Bond theme song (QRO review) to playing the Democratic Convention with “My Future”. “Future”, fellow single “Therefore I Am” (QRO review), and much more came together this year for killer follow-up Happier Than Ever (which also saw Eilish go blonde) (QRO photos at a festival).

COVID canned her massive tour last year, so it’s been rescheduled for next year, and in the meantime she did some great livestreams (QRO photos at a taping), but before that, just watch out for her hordes of screaming female fans (QRO photos) as she headlines Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

Billie Eilish
   

Phoebe Bridgers, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Nobody in music has had as good a COVID pandemic as Phoebe Bridgers (QRO photos from just before everything shut down). Bridgers already had critical acclaim with records like Stranger in the Alps (QRO Top Albums of 2017), and a great team-up with Conor Oberst (QRO photos together) as Better Oblivion Community Center (QRO photos) on their 2019 self-titled record (QRO review), plus her supergroup boygenius with Julien Baker & Lucy Dacus.

But last year’s Punisher (QRO review) launched her into the stratosphere. Basically the favorite record by everyone you have a crush on (except for the hilariously self-depreciating Bridgers herself), songs like “I See You” (QRO review), “I Know the End” (QRO review), and “Savior Complex” (QRO review) all broke your heart – if not in-person, than in videos (like the “Savior” one directed by her near-namesake Phoebe Waller-Bridge) on TV (QRO review of “I Know the End” on TV). We all were desperate to see her live, whether in her trademark skeleton onesie in a livestream (QRO livestream review) or in her pajamas from home. So, maybe you didn’t see her when (QRO photos from 2017), but catch her now as her tour (QRO 2021 live review) comes to Firefly (QRO photos at a 2021 festival).

Phoebe Bridgers
   

Girl In Red, 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Norway’s Marie Ulven Ringheim has been making waves around the world with her bedroom pop, like hit single “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” and this year’s If I Could Make It Go.

Girl In Red
   

Turnstile, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Baltimore hardcore punks Turnstile head to just over to Delaware behind this year’s Glow On – just hopefully no one will shit in the pit this time…

Turnstile
   

Also:

Michigander, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Peach Face, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Michigander
   
   

Wonder Stage

 

Tate McRae, 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM

While Tate McCrae first got notice at the tender age of thirteen by being the first Canadian finalist on America’s So You Think You Can Dance, but we also think she can sing, thanks to viral hits “One Day” and “You Broke Me First”, even last year getting on Forbes magazine’s precious ‘30 Under 30’ list.

Tate McRae
   

MISSIO, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Austin electronic duo MISSIO come back to Firefly off of last year’s Can You Feel the Sun.

MISSIO
   

The Hu, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

In the before-time of 2019, one of the great surprise successes in heavy metal was The Hu (QRO photos). Hailing all the way from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, they mix traditional Mongolian instrumentation and throat singing with the hard rock (and a charisma that crosses cultures & language), for a style the band calls “hunnu rock” after the ancient Hunnu Empire. Be sure to catch them at Firefly (QRO photos at a festival), as they’re back on this continent (QRO photos in 2021).

The Hu
   

Robert DeLong, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Nicely mixing between his indie-rock background and his moombahton love, Robert DeLong (QRO photos at a festival) will have all the kids dancing at back at Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

 

Also:

Eyebawl, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Robert DeLong
   
   

Pavilion Stage

 

Marc Rebillet, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Improvisational French artist Marc Rebillet has become known worldwide for his livestreams where he uses loops & more to make on-the-spot songs with comical lyrics. So, who knows what he’ll come up with at Firefly?…

Marc Rebillet
   

Regard, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

From all the way over in one of the newest nations in the world, the Balkans’ Kosovo, comes DJ Dardan Aliu, a.k.a. Regard, who can “Ride It”, and has previously worked with the likes of Troye Sivan and fellow Firefly ’21 performer Tate McRae (see below) on this year’s “You”.

Regard
   

Hippie Sabotage, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Sacramento brothers Jeff & Kevin Saurer form EDM duo Hippie Sabotage, and are playing their third Firefly.

Hippie Sabotage
   

Also:

Dr. Fresch, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Cray, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Dr. Fresch
   
   

Treehouse Stage

 

Kenny Mason, 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Carolesdaughter, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Serena Isioma, 7:45 PM – 8:15 PM

Redveil, 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Del Water Gap, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Positive Movement Drumline, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Serena Isioma
   
   

The Nest

 

SNBRN, 9:45 PM – 11:30 PM

Future House EDM hits Delaware again with Kevin Andrew Chapman, a.k.a. SNBRN, playing multiple times at The Nest (see below).

SNBRN
   

Also:

Baby Weight, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM

Racecarbed, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM

Riza b2b Makz, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Dean Sophia, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Teddy Beats, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Teddy Beats

 

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

 

Firefly Stage

 

The Killers, 10:45 PM – 12:15 AM

The Killers (QRO photos) broke out of their Las Vegas home in 2004 with debut Hot Fuss and great singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” – and have failed to match that since. 2006’s attempt at Springsteen greatness Sam’s Town didn’t make it, and after 2008’s middling Day & Age (QRO review) singer Brandon Flowers went solo for his own middling work. But the group has since come back (QRO photos) with 2012’s Battle Born (QRO review), 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful (QRO review), last year’s Imploding the Mirage (QRO review), and this year’s even more Springsteen-esque Pressure Machine (QRO review) – and they still play Hot Fuss live (QRO live review), as they return to Firefly for a fourth time (QRO photos at Firefly ’18).

The Killers
   

Cage the Elephant, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

With hardly a full-length album to their name, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant (QRO photos) was snatched up by EMI Records at a low-key SXSW showcase. Following some impressive U.K. airplay, the band packed up and moved to London, where they released their first studio album in 2008. The following two years were a haze of international touring, late night TV shows, festival appearances (QRO photos at a festival) – and preparation for 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, following that up with 2013’s more indie-influenced Melophobia, 2015’s Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me I’m Pretty (which won the Grammy for Best Rock Album), and 2019’s Social Cues (which also won the Grammy for Best Rock Album). They have also become a wild festival presence (QRO photos at a festival). As their blues-y rock infused live show will prove (QRO photos), elephants were never meant to be caged (QRO photos). They return to Firefly for a third time (QRO photos at a festival).

Cage the Elephant
   

Band of Horses, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Before the current, unceasing wave of alt-country, there was Seattle’s Band of Horses (QRO live review), who broke through with debut Everything All the Time and “Funeral” in 2006. While guitarist/co-founder Matt Brooke left after that for Grand Archives, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell kept on the trail, with the following year’s Cease to Begin (QRO review). Band of Horses (QRO photos at a festival) dropped a little off the radar following that, but came back (QRO live review) in 2010 with Infinite Arms (QRO review), a more polished record in ways good & bad, but picked it up in 2012 with Mirage Rock (QRO review) and 2016’s Why Are You OK (QRO review), and are riding (QRO live review) from festival (QRO photos at a festival) to festival (QRO photos at a festival), including a COVID era livestream (QRO livestream review) of Cease, as they return to Firefly.

Band of Horses
   

Judah & The Lion, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

The “Banjo-booty-poppin music” of Judah & The Lion (QRO photos) come back to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival), behind 2019’s Pep Talks.

Judah & The Lion
   

White Reaper, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Giving Firefly a kick in the ass is White Reaper (QRO photos at a festival), coming off of 2017’s oh-so-humble The World’s Best American Band (QRO review) and 2019’s major label debut You Deserve Love.

 

Also:

Anna of the North, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

White Reaper
   
   

Backyard Stage

 

REZZ, 12:30 AM

Persian-Ukrainian by way of Canada DJ, Isabelle Rezazadeh, a.k.a. REZZ (QRO photos at a festival), comes to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2018 sophomore full-length, Certain Kind of Magic.

REZZ
   

Wiz Khalifa, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

The Pittsburgh singer/rapper (QRO photos outdoors) upset about as many fans as he gained with his move from stoner rap into bona-fide pop music, but he is what he is. Wiz (QRO photos outdoors) makes music that’s fun to listen to, including his team-up with Snoop Dogg, Mac & Devin Go To High School (QRO review), or his hit Furious 7 single “See You Again”, even if it’s rarely thought provoking or based in anything other than weed or girls. One thing’s for certain, he (QRO photos) will never run out of marijuana-based puns.

Wiz Khalifa
   

iann dior, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Puerto Rico’s Michael Ian Olmo, a.k.a. iann dior, got notice last year for his contribution on 24kGoldn’s chart-topping single “Mood”.

Iann dior
   

Flo Milli, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Last year, Alabama’s Flo Milli asked on her debut mixtape, Ho, Why Is You Here?

Flo Milli
   

KennyHoopla, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Cleveland rapper KennyHoopla asks, How Will I Rest in Peace if I’m Buried by a Highway?

KennyHoopla
   

Also:

DUCKWRTH, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Butch Dawson, 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

DUCKWRTH
   
   

Wonder Stage

 

Sylvan Esso, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Durham, North Carolina indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso (QRO photos outdoors) moved up very fast (QRO photos at a festival) since the release in 2014 of their eponymous debut full-length, with well-titled follow-up What Now (QRO review) out 2017 and Free Love (QRO review) this year. They return to Firefly (QRO photos at ACL ‘15), because they never stop starting!

Sylvan Esso
   

Taking Back Sunday, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

It’s all come full circle. Though the line-up for Amityville’s emo-rockers Taking Back Sunday (QRO photos) has changed since 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends, it returned to the original line-up for 2011’s self-titled album – as well as 2012’s tenth anniversary tour Tell All Your Friends (QRO live review).

Taking Back Sunday
   

Also:

Arlo Parks, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Peach Pit, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Royal & The Serpent, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Pom Pom Squad, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Pressing Strings, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Arlo Parks
   
   

Pavilion Stage

 

Chris Lake, 10:15 PM – 11:30 PM

Clozee, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Surf Mesa, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Aluna (DJ set), 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Cassy, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Clozee
   
   

Treehouse Stage

 

Reignwolf, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Check out the wild, one-man action of Reignwolf (QRO photos at a festival).

Reignwolf
   

Also:

St. Panther, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Almost Monday, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Rozet, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Almost Monday
   
   

The Nest

 

Murda Beatz, 12:30 AM – 1:45 AM

Rossy, 11:15 PM – 12:30 AM

Notlö, 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Riza b2b Makz, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Chomppa, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Baby Weight, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

SNBRN, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Veil, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Blossom, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Racecarbed, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Dr. Fresch, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

SNBRN

 

Dr. Fresch

 

   
   

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions

Des Rocs, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

St. Panther, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Rozet, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Des Rocs

 

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

 

Firefly Stage

 

Tame Impala, 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM

From Perth (QRO photos at a home) in Western Australia (QRO photos at a hometown festival), comes the psychedelic rock of Tame Impala (QRO live review), touring off of 2011’s Innerspeaker (QRO review), 2012’s Lonerism, 2015’s Currents, and last year’s The Slow Rush (QRO review), whose critical acclaim has won them fans across the world (QRO photos at a festival), and spots headlining a ton of 2019 festivals (QRO photos headlining a festival), and after their own COVID lockdown Innerspeaker livestream (QRO livestream review), return to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

Tame Impala
   

Glass Animals, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Out of Oxford and discovered by Adele’s producer, Glass Animals (QRO live review) bring their more mixed indie (QRO photos outdoors) on last year’s Dreamland back to the road (QRO 2021 live review) to Firefly for a third time (QRO photos at a festival).

Glass Animals
   

Dominic Fike, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Dominic Fike initially came out of Florida thanks to some songs on SoundCloud, and since then has gone on to work with the likes of Halsey and Brockhampton, headlined a concert series in the video game Fortnite, and even contributed a cover of Paul McCartney’s “The Kiss of Venus” for this year’s McCartney III Imagined.

Dominic Fike
   

Oliver Tree, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

DJ/rapper Oliver Tree hit it up in 2017 with “When I’m Down”, and has worked with the likes of Whethan on “Freefall” (QRO review). Now he comes to Delaware behind last year’s much-delayed, much anticipated hit debut album Ugly Is Beautiful.

Oliver Tree
   

Also:

TBD, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Des Rocs, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Des Rocs
   
   

Backyard Stage

 

Diplo, 12:30 AM

Born in Mississippi of all places, Thomas Wesley Pentz – Diplo (QRO photos) – has become a true ‘citizen of the world’, discovering & spreading everyone from Americans Amanda Blank and Santigold to Sri Lanka’s M.I.A. and Brazil’s ‘baile funk’, as well as working with big name artists like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Usher and even Beyoncé! He’s also best known for being one-half of the acclaimed Major Lazer (QRO photos at a festival), as well teaming up with Skrillex as Jack Ü (QRO photos).

He was even mock-played by James Van Der Beek as a hilarious idiot in VICELAND’s What Would Diplo Do? – and what he would do is play Firefly (QRO photos at a festival). Though there are also the allegations about what else he’s done…

Diplo
   

Roddy Ricch, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Out of a few 2018 mixtapes and single “Die Young”, Compton’s Roddy Ricch burst out big when featured on Nipsey Hussle’s hit single “Rack in the Middle”, and on Mustard’s “Ballin’”. The following year saw his chart-topping debut full-length Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and last year he was “Rockstar” by DaBaby.

Roddy Ricch
   

blackbear, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Daytona Beach’s blackbear (QRO photos at a festival) has collaborated with tons of big names, from Justin Bieber (co-wrote his hit “Boyfriend”) to Pharrell Williams to fellow Firefly ’21 performer Wiz Khalifa (see above) and even Miley Cyrus. Most recently, he put out “u love u” with another Firefly ’21 artist, Tate McRae (see above).

blackbear
   

$NOT, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Edy Edouard, a.k.a. $NOT, broke out in 2018 with single “Gosha”, and the West Palm beach rapper last year released his sophomore record Beautiful Havoc, which features fellow Firefly ’21 artists iann dior, Denzel Curry, and Flo Milli (see above & below) – pretty has to be an onstage reunion or two, right?

$NOT
   

Sub Urban, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Dropping out of classical piano and high school, Daniel Virgil Maisonneuve, a.k.a. Sub Urban, is a “Freak” and a Thrill Seeker.

Sub Urban
   

jxdn, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Chattanooga’s Jaden Isaiah Hossler, or jxdn, burst to fame via TikTok, then getting the notice of Travis Barker with single “Comatose”. His debut album Tell Me About Tomorrow, produced by Barker and featuring fellow Firefly ’21 performer Machine Gun Kelly (see below), just came out – here’s hoping for a reunion with MGK at Firefly.

 

Also:

RDGLDGRN, 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

jxdn
   
   

Wonder Stage

 

Khruangbin, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Houston’s Khruangbin (QRO photos in Texas) draw from all over the world, Spain to the Middle East to Thailand, but now come to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

Khruangbin
   

Still Woozy, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Check out the genre-bending psychedelic bedroom-pop of Still Woozy.

Still Woozy
   

Remi Wolf, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

From a contestant in high school on American Idol to major label debut I’m Allergic To Dogs! has been the tale of Remi Wolf.

Remi Wolf
   

Also:

Taylor Bennett, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Laundry Day, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Micky James, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Taylor Bennett
   
   

Pavilion Stage

 

Madeon, 10:15 PM – 11:15 PM

Big house synths, and disco dance grooves with a pop friendly structure is what Madeon uses to describe his music. Barely by hitting drinking age (QRO photos at a festival), this precocious youngster had already played at Coachella, SXSW and many other festivals. Check out his dubstep song, “Finale,” as well as his pop mash-up, “Pop Culture”. Not too shabby for starting off in his garage, right?

Madeon
   

Duke Dumont, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

English DJ & remixer Adam George Dument, a.k.a. Duke Dumont, comes to Firefly after finally releasing his debut full-length, Duality.

Duke Dumont
   

Caribou, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Daniel Victor Snaith (QRO photos) combined electronica and psychedelica expertly with 2007’s Andorra (QRO review) as Caribou (QRO live review). 2010’s Swim (QRO review) looked to nineties electronic beats, not as fine, but still holds up – as does his live show (QRO live review), especially at a festival (QRO photos at a festival). He comes to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2020’s Our Love, the Juno winner for Best Electronic Album.

Caribou
   

Elohim, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Los Angeles electro-pop songstress Elohim comes back to Firefly behind her beautiful self-titled debut and this year’s Journey To the Center of Myself Vol. 1 EP (QRO review), picking up her ‘Group Therapy Tour’ after it was called off last year due to COVID.

Elohim
   

Also:

GG Magree and Mija, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Madds, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Madds
   
   

Treehouse Stage

 

Deep Sea Diver, 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM

While touring as part of The Shins, Jessica Dobson formed Deep Sea Diver (QRO photos at a festival), and they come to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival) behind third record Impossible Weight.

Deep Sea Diver
   

Noga Erez, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

If Feist was launched into stardom by “1,2,3,4” being in an iPod commercial, Tel Aviv’s Noga Erez has done the next generation of that with her “Dance While You Shoot” being in an ad for Apple’s streaming service.

Noga Erez
   

Also:

binki, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Maria Isabel, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

binki
   
   

The Nest

 

Veil, 12:30 AM – 1:45 AM

Chomppa, 11:15 PM – 12:30 AM

Blossom, 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Racecarbed, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Rossy, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Manila Killa, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Qrtr, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Notlö, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Baby Weight, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Riza b2b Makz, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Teddy Beats, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Manila Killa

 

 

Teddy Beats

   
   

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions

Reignwolf, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Almost Monday, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Middle Kids, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Reignwolf

 

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

 

Firefly Stage

 

Lizzo, 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Catch the hot alternative hip-hop of Minneapolis’ Lizzo (QRO photos at a festival) as she comes back to Firefly (QRO photos at Firefly ’18). She boomed with 2019’s Cuz I Love You, earning the most Grammy nominations of any artist that year, and even named Time Magazine named her “Entertainer of the Year” – she even made the woodwind hot! She comes to Delaware (QRO photos at a festival) just after releasing her first post-Cuz material, “Rumors”, so look for new songs!

Lizzo
   

Portugal. The Man, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Firefly draws from very farther up north with Alaska/Portland’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival).

Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after 2013’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review). They come to Tampa (QRO photos at a festival) touring 2017’s hit Woodstock (QRO review), which has vaunted them in popularity (QRO photos at a 2018 festival) thanks to big, Grammy-winning hit, “Feel It Still”. Now they’re back on the road (QRO photos at a festival just before everything shut down) and returning to Firefly for a third time (QRO photos at Firefly ’18).

Portugal. The Man
   

Sofi Tukker, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern form house duo Sofi Tukker (QRO photos outdoors). They’re a favorite for team-ups (QRO team-up single review) and commercials, and bring their jungle-pop back to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

Sofi Tukker
   

Mt. Joy, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Enjoy the indie-rock of Mt. Joy, who have emerged from the troubles of the COVID pandemic with last year’s sophomore studio album, Rearrange Us.

Mt. Joy
   

Also:

Cannons, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Orion Sun, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Orion Sun
   
   

Backyard Stage

 

SLANDER, 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM

The self-described “heaven trap” of the DJ duo Derek Anderson & Scott Land, a.k.a. SLANDER (QRO photos at a festival), come to Firefly to close out the Backyard Stage.

SLANDER
   

Megan Thee Stallion, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

From freestyling on Instagram to massive success for thee Megan Thee Stallion. She had a hit mixtape, 2019’s Fever, hit EP, last year’s Suga, hit LP, last year’s Good News. Her “Savage (Remix)”, featuring Beyoncé, was a number one hit, as was the song that got everyone hot, when she was featured on Cardi B’s one-and-only “WAP”. Grammy winner for Best New Artist, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, catch her on the big stage, but get there early, as you know there’s going to be a so-big-she-should-be-headlining crowd.

Megan Thee Stallion
   

Nelly, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Nelly is more than just a chart-topping, Grammy-winning rapper. The man who told us it was “Hot In Herre” and to cool down with some “Pimp Juice” has his own clothing lines & more, and is one of the top five best-selling rappers in American history. He comes to Firefly behind this year’s Heartland – and appearing on Dancing With the Stars last year!

Nelly
   

Denzel Curry, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Florida’s Denzel Curry (QRO photos) first got attention from SpaceGhostPurrp, and since released some hit hip-hop records such as 2019’s Zuu and last year’s collaboration with Kenny Beats, Unlocked. Now he comes to Firefly (QRO photos at a festival).

Denzel Curry
   

Also:

Lion Babe, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Clever, 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Lion Babe
   
   

Wonder Stage

 

Machine Gun Kelly, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

While he came up with rapid machine gun fire rapping (QRO photos from a decade ago), Machine Gun Kelly (QRO photos at a festival) has since blasted into being a full-fledged crossover star. Most recent record, Tickets To My Downfall, brought pop-punk to the top of the Billboard charts. He’s even acted, like in hit horror Bird Box and playing Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt. Oh, and he’s currently dating none other than Megan Fox, so look for her in the wings like at his surprise Lollapalooza set this year (QRO recap).

Machine Gun Kelly
   

lovelytheband, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Los Angeles’ indie-pop lovelytheband may be “Broken” and Finding It Hard To Smile, but they play Firefly ’21 Sunday twice (see below).

lovelytheband
   

Grandson, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Canadian singer/songwriter Jordan Edward Benjamin comes Firefly as Grandson, behind last year’s Death of an Optimist.

Grandson
   

Ritt Momney, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Actually from Utah (no Michigan or Massachusetts) is Salt Lake City’s Jack Rutter, a.k.a. Ritt Momney, with last year’s sleeper hit “Put Your Records On”.

Ritt Momney
   

Middle Kids, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

With Sydney indie-pop Middle Kids returning to Firefly, Today We’re the Greatest.

Middle Kids
   

Claud, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Come early for the non-binary bedroom pop of Claud (QRO photos), who comes to Firefly behind this year’s debut studio album, Super Monster.

 

Also:

Hoko, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Claud
   
   

Pavilion Stage

 

Big Wild, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

After a trip to Big Sur in California, Boston DJ Jackson Stell became Big Wild, and returns to Firefly.

Big Wild
   

Trevor Daniel, 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Trevor Daniel had a viral hit in 2018 with “Falling”, and comes to Firefly behind last year’s debut full-length, Nicotine.

Trevor Daniel
   

Kim Petras, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Germany’s Kim Petras exploded onto the music scene while just a teenager with hist singles like “I Don’t Want It All”, “Feeling of Falling”, “Heart to Break”, and “1, 2, 3 Dayz Up”. She put out her debut album Clarity in summer of ’19, following it up quickly with that October’s Halloween-theme Turn Off the Light, and now gets to do a proper pop star summer tour.

Kim Petras
   

Also:

Lost Frequencies, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

LP Giobbi, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Lost Frequencies
   
   

Treehouse Stage

 

lovelytheband, 10:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Los Angeles’ indie-pop lovelytheband may be “Broken” and Finding It Hard To Smile, but they play Firefly ’21 Sunday twice (see above).

lovelytheband
   

Also:

Gracie Abrams, 8:45 PM – 9:30 PM

Role Model, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Jordy, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Gracie Abrams
   
   

The Nest

 

Notlö, 10:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Qrtr, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Riza b2b Makz, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Racecarbed, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Blossom, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Veil, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Baby Weight, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Chomppa, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Rossy, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Notlö
   
   

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions

binki, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Cannons, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

binki

 

 

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