Hi! I was wondering, you went to firefly last year right? How bad was it to be camping in the backwoods?
Sadly, I’ve never been much of a backwoods camper, so I have to confess I stayed in a motel about a half-hour away from the festival and drove there each day. I don’t know if people were actually camping in the woods - I guess they were, but the only campers I saw had pitched their tents along an embankment on the side of the road, and also there was a huge parking lot full of people who were camping alongside their cars and RVs. I can’t tell you what their experience was like, but I can tell you that at the festival itself, everyone seemed pretty happy. I do think, though, that the weather had a lot to do with that. It rained a bit on the first day, but it was very pleasant the rest of the time. I think if it had been brutally hot, the mood might have been a bit different. The festival organizers had planned ahead for that possibility, though, and had set up air-conditioned tents you could drop into if you needed a break from the heat during the day. They also had water stations where you could go to fill up your water bottles.
I do hope you can make it to this year’s festival. If I were young and not handicapped I would definitely try to camp. I never did things like that when I was young, and now I regret it. Have fun!!!!!!! ♥
Just spent a ridiculous amount of money on eBay for this Black Keys Firefly Music Festival poster. I was there, and didn’t buy any merch, so I decided I had to have it.
Loved your pics and videos of Firefly! Especially Jack White and the Killers! <3
Thanks! They’ve already set the date for next year’s festival - hopefully the lineup will be just as impressive. Dare we dream it might include … Incubus? :-)
Moon Over Firefly
Well, boys and girls, that about does it for the Firefly Music Festival 2012. All my photos and videos have now been posted. Admittedly amateur, but I hope you enjoyed them. In case you missed any, you can find them all here.
I want to say thank you to my best road trip buddy Gretchen, who came with me to Firefly even though she wasn’t familiar with any of the bands, and who stood with me in the rain during Jack White’s show, and who slowed her pace to keep step with my hobbling. She even took a break from veganism to help me hunt down Delaware’s best ice cream. A true friend. ♥
The Black Keys at Firefly 2012 - Lonely Boy (excerpt) & I Got Mine
True to form, my camera battery flatlined during the set’s last song. So many bands, so little juice. But just before the final encore I remembered I also had an iTouch with me. Not fancy, but at least in some way I was able to capture a great ending to a great festival.
The Black Keys at Firefly 2012 - Little Black Submarines
Blurry view, awesome song.
The Black Keys at Firefly 2012 - Run Right Back (excerpt)
Bless the big screen. Curse whatever made me press “stop.”
The Black Keys at Firefly 2012 - Next Girl
The Black Keys at Firefly 2012 - Howlin’ For You
Mmmf. I’d howl for Dan Auerbach.
The Black Keys at Firefly.
Twilight at Firefly.
The Flaming Lips at Firefly 2012 - Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
Wayne Coyne at Firefly.
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips demonstrates a better way to crowdsurf at Firefly - in a giant inflatable bubble. Not bad for a guy older than I am.