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Photograph: Michael J. ChenOutKast performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenWeezer performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenGrouplove performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCage the Elephant performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBeck performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMS MR performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenTegan and Sara perform at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenChildish Gambino performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPhantogram performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThird Eye Blind performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lumineers perform at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBroken Bells performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenImagine Dragons performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenOutKast performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenWeezer performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCage the Elephant performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenGrouplove performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBeck performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenHaerts performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenChildish Gambino performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMS MR performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThird Eye Blind performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPhantogram performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lumineers perform at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenOutKast performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCage the Elephant performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenTegan and Sara perform at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenWeezer performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenImagine Dragons performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenGrouplove performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBroken Bells performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPhantogram performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBeck performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenOutKast performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lumineers perform at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenChildish Gambino performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenWeezer performed at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenImagine Dragons performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, on June 21, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Deleware, on June 22, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe 2014 Firefly Music Festival took place June 19–22, 2014 in Dover, Deleware.
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Firefly Music Festival 2014: Our best photos from the East Coast music fest

OutKast, Weezer, Beck and the Foo Fighters had the crowds surfing all weekend long at the third edition of the East Coast music blowout

By Michael Chen
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Time Out cranked up its best road-trip songs and embarked on a weekend getaway down to Dover, Delaware, for the third installment of the East Coast’s answer to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza: the Firefly Music Festival. As always, the good vibes were abundant at the Woodlands and they lasted even longer this year, as Firefly tacked on a Thursday teaser to the festivities. We’ve been to music festivals across the land and, to our recollection, we’ve never seen more raucous sing-alongs and intrepid crowd surfers anywhere else.

The reason for the nonstop merriment: Firefly’s truly killer lineup that, in our estimation, one-ups its more established festival breathren in Indio, California; Manchester, Tennessee; and Chicago. Sure, most fests are being treated to the glorious reunion of Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast—hey ya!—but none are supplementing the lineup with a triumphant turn-of-the-millennium triumvirate of Beck, Weezer and the Foo Fighters (if we want to make it a quartet, Third Eye Blind was on the bill too, reacquainting us with its “Semi-Charmed Life”). Add to the mix a barrage of electric performances from Cage the Elephant, Twenty One Pilots, Pretty Lights, Childish Gambino, Phantogram and Grouplove—and you’ve got yourself quite a stew.

The only downside: dust. Everywhere. But, hey, that’s what happens when you’ve got 80,000 strong dancing in a twiggy forest. We can’t wait to see how Firefly raises the game next year, and we’ll be sure to bring extra bandannas.

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