Could This Be The End Of Firefly Festival
So, every year Christmas comes early for all us festival goers. Between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, we are gifted with huge sales for tickets, lineups releases, and announced of brand new festivals. This season, Bonnaroo had their annual Black Friday presale, Dancefestopia had unbeatable prices on tickets, Ultra announced their new home, Electric Forest released their lineup (and sold out), and today Firefly dropped their lineup. Unfortunately, Firefly’s lineup has many people longing for more, with some even hoping it’s an early April Fools joke.
Among the headliners for 2019 are Panic at the Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Zedd, Death Cab for Cuties, and Vampire Weekend. Some of the undercards include Dashboard Confessional, TLC, Hippo Campus, and Two Feet.
Could This be the End of Firefly
Is it possible this is the beginning of the end of Firefly? With the influx of new festivals over the past few years, it has become increasingly hard for event management companies to keep attendance high, book relevant headliners (that you won’t see on every other lineup), and provide additional activities. In addition to what many are calling a subpar lineup, there have been some other changes that have us questioning Firefly’s future. For starters, the event has changed dates (due to Coachella). It has been shortened from four to three days. Earlier this year, AEG the same entertainment company that owns Coachella bought Firefly. While this was a disappointment to countless people (myself included), we still had high hopes for an impressive lineup. How could you not with Alicia Karlin, (Electric Forest’s talent buyer) taking over booking responsibilities for Firefly.
Thoughts on the Lineup
Releasing their lineup on social media just two hours ago, Firefly stated, “proudly presenting the #Firefly2019 lineup.” Mike Thorn immediately replied, “you can’t possibly be proud to present this.” Brooke Edwards stated, “I love Firefly, and it will always have a huge place in my heart, but this is literally the biggest letdown of a lineup. You’re losing your roots, Firefly.”
“What happened to Firefly!!!!???? I was obsessed with this festival and they’ve fallen off a cliff last couple years. I mean there are a few good bands but it used to be this epic lineup everyday every stage.”
“Should’ve known when Firefly was bought and dates moved for Coachella.”
“Imagine having Foo Fighters, DeadMau5, Mumford, Florence, and Paul McCartney headline, then putting out this absolute garbage lineup. Man, I’m so glad I didn’t get those presale tickets.”
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what Firefly’s fate is, but if the initial reactions tell us anything, tickets will almost certainly experience a drop in sales for next year. However, if you’re interested in attending, tickets will go on sale Friday, December 14th, 2018.