Cultivora's 5 Top Picks for Firefly 2014

posted by Dan Murphy on June 17, 2014

Firefly 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

Dover, Delaware -- Pack up your tents and break out the sunscreen, Firefly Music Festival is upon us once again. The festival organizers have put together an awesome and varied lineup with seasoned acts headlining and up-and-comers breaking out on the smaller stages. This will probably be the best thing to hit Delaware all year, so join us as we go through our top five acts to catch at Firefly next weekend - headliners excluded.

5. Phosphorescent

It took Matthew Houck, the brains behind Phosphorescent, about ten years to finally break through to a larger audience with 2013's Muchacho, due in no small part to the catchiness of its lead single "Song for Zula." We've caught his folk-pop live before, but can't wait to experience it in a larger setting. 

4. Beck

Here's an obvious choice for the weekend. Although Beck's most recent record Morning Phase wasn't a favorite in the Cultivora office, there's a myriad of incredible work in his discography to look forward to, not to mention a killer appearance at Gov Ball 2012. Fingers crossed he brings back the dinner table percussion on "Clap Hands." 

3. tUnE-yArDs

A tUnE-yArDs live show consists of intricate looping, blaring horn lines, and Merill Garbus' psychotic vocal stylings - what more could you ask for? I was relieved Nikki Nack, the follow-up to 2011's w h o k i l l, is as good as its predecessor, so I'm expecting a lot from her set at Firefly. 

2. Weezer

I know what you're thinking: "What if they play songs from Death to False Metal?" That's just a risk we're going to have to take, but there is good news: Weezer has already committed to playing The Blue Album in its entirety at Riot Fest later this summer, so here's to hoping for a set dominated by early cuts. 

1. Chance The Rapper

Chance the Rapper absolutely stole the show with his superhero antics at Governors Ball this year, which makes his overlap with Arctic Monkeys that much more tragic. I'm personally going with Chance on this one, solely because I'm praying Ziggy Marley shows up for an Arthur theme song duet. It's unlikely considering they're not playing on the same day, but nine-year-old me can still dream. 

If you're making last-minute preparations for your weekend in Dover, make sure you check out our Firefly Festival Guide for some festival and travel insights as well as our recommendations for spots to check out around the town. 

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See Also:

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