Shock! Firefly Music Competition has teased a fall return to The Woodlands Sept. 23-26, based on its website.
The competition, which was canceled final 12 months resulting from COVID-19, posted the brand new date on its web site with out discover on Monday morning.
For followers, it nearly appeared like a mirage after a protracted 12 months with out dwell music.
The competition’s website now has a darkish sky background with brilliant stars. It is naked message reads, “Firefly Music Competition. The Woodlands. September 23-26, 2021.”
No extra data was listed on the web site.
When requested Monday a couple of ticket sale date, lineup announcement and potential COVID-19 restrictions, Nick Trentacost – advertising and marketing director for the Nice Lakes Area at AEG Presents – informed Delawareonline/The Information Journal that “extra data is forthcoming and will probably be publicly accessible on our web site.”
State officers stated the Division of Public Well being has been in communication with AEG.
“Occasion organizers are conscious they are going to want a proper plan approval from the company earlier than the occasion takes place. We’ll proceed to actively work with the organizers to make sure their plan meets all mandatory well being and security necessities and the required mitigation and security measures are in place,” public well being officers stated.
Officers with Dover Worldwide Speedway, which leases The Woodlands to international live performance big AEG for the competition, referred all media inquires to competition organizers.
It was March 24, 2020 when the plug was pulled on the competition’s ninth version as a result of unfolding international pandemic. Now, simply over a 12 months later, the competition has turn out to be one of many uncommon main music festivals to announce a 2021 return.
Firefly joins the Electrical Forest Competition, an annual four-day digital/jam fest in Rothbury, Michigan, with an introduced 2021 return. Electrical Forest has not yet officially settled on a weekend although.
Final 12 months’s competition was set to function a historic line-up for Firefly with a trio of feminine headliners – Billie Eilish, Halsey and Maggie Rogers – after that includes solely one feminine headliner out of 29 in earlier years.
Additionally slated to headline in 2020 had been reunited rockers Rage In opposition to the Machine, R&B singer Khalid and pop punkers Blink 182.
Firefly followers had been in disbelief when the information was first posted on the 18,000-member-strong Firefly Music Competition Fan Web page:
“Is that this actual?” requested one Dover-based fan.
“I’M CRYING,” wrote one other.
One unfortunate camper had this so as to add: “I’ll be 9 months pregnant. LET’S GOOOOO,” adopted by two laughing emoticons.
Firefly first got here to Dover in July 2012, headlined by Jack White, The Killers and The Black Keys, drawing about 35,000 followers.
Within the years since, the competition has grown, reaching a document of 90,000 followers in 2015 when Paul McCartney made his Delaware debut, playing a marathon set filled with Beatles greatest hits.
One other spotlight got here a 12 months earlier when the Foo Fighters headlined, giving Dave Grohl the chance to indicate off his Delaware information due to his many summer season holidays in Rehoboth Seaside.
“Each time I scent a Grotto pizza, God rattling! What different pizza place will get you residence after a drunk night time in Rehoboth Seaside?” he said from the stage earlier than opening with “Occasions Like These.”
Different headliners through the years embody Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Submit Malone, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon and OutKast.
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