by: James Rockefeller Gray
Red Frog Events threw a well-organized, thorough, kick ass Firefly this festival season. Firefly 2015 may be the festival of the year. The one that people will be talking about forever. Paul McCartney, Zedd, Snoop Dogg, and Steve Aoki came and gave some of the best performances out of the headliners. Saturday night of the festival it rained, actually it was more of a monsoon. Festival goers were asked to evacuate. Winds were blowing over tents at the campsite, people slept in their cars. Sunday was a granddaddy of a festival! Everyone was ready to party. The White Panda and The Chainsmokers closed the night. Some random girl on top of this guy’s shoulder took off her shirt and flashed the crowd for about twenty minutes during The Chainsmokers.
Firefly is the festival that you have to come back too…
The general consensus of my experience left me with a “To be Continued” vibe. There is a lot of ground to cover, the festival is very spread out, you do a lot of walking, and there are plenty of things to do. Activities re everywhere! Firefly is addictive. I believe it will take at least two more visits to actually be able to take in the whole of this festival.
Fireworks, Glow Stick Drops, Crossroads Café, our Exclusive Interview with Max Frost (below), Halsey, Raury, and LOGIC.
These are a few of my favorite things of Firefly 2015!
The legendary Sir Paul McCartney was everything we hoped for. Classy, energetic, and his voice was ageless. He brought a fan from the audience on stage, who had his photo tattooed to her arm.
Snoop of course was one of the best at Firefly. With his blinged out microphone in hand; Snoop took a blunt from an audience member, smoked it, and had the crowd rocking!
It seemed as though most of Firefly was buzzing about Max Frost. With his R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop swagger he added a bit of class with his acoustic set at the Coffee House Stage. Check out his hit song “White Lies.”
I was able to get an interview with Mr. Frost amidst his busy schedule.
James Rockefeller Gray: What were some of your favorite moments at Firefly?
Max Frost: The Coffee House show was such a great experience! Didn’t expect people to be into an acoustic thing! It’s always great to have high energy in an intimate show like that.
JRG: Were you able to see any other artists perform at the festival?
MF: Also loved Foster the People’s show it has been a while since I have seen them. Reminded me of the Talking Heads!
JRG: How does Firefly compare to other festivals you performed at?
MF: Honestly, best festival I’ve seen. The lineup was top notch. Everything was run really well. There was plenty of space, so no stages were blowing each other out. And the vibe was just very positive and open!
JRG: What’s next on the Max Frost agenda?
MF: I’m hard at work making the video for my new Single “Withdrawal” which will be the title track off my next EP coming soon!
We took a few questions from Max Frost fans on the Firefly FB page:
FAN: Is it really you doing the ‘liking’ on your Instagram?
MF: YES. I have a problem. I need insta-methadone
FAN: What kind of hair product do you use?
MF: I’ve been switching it up recently. 30% percent of it is just about never washing it. Ha. Ha.
FAN: Any collaborations coming up?
MF: Yes, but top secret!!!
FAN: What got you on the EA Sports NHL 2015 soundtrack (video game)?
MF: I have no idea, but it’s always a trip when I hear that song come on that game.
JRG: Is there anything you want us to know about, that we should keep a look out for?
MF: I have a new EP and tour about to come your way!
Fresh off his nearly sold out tour, Logic did nothing but please his Firefly fan base. He kept the lyrics flowing and the jokes rolling.
STARS you SHOULD KNOW ABOUT!!!
I ran into a few stars of the festival inside the Red Bull Artists Lounge and they are definitely artists that you should know about.
Raury and Halsey
Raury and Halsey are two artists you have to discover. Raury has this smooth laid back, reggae and R&B infused sound. His lyrics are fun, thoughtful, and poetic check out his newest track, “Devil Whisper.” Halsey’s sound is more Rock and Soul music. It’s a perfect blend of Soul, Rock and Roll. Her voice echoes the like of legendary singers Billy Holiday, Christina Aguilera, and the soulful artists of the 70’s Motown. Her lyrics are filled with pain, strength, and the passion to love. Check out her song “Hold Me Down.”
All the way from San Francisco
Styles and Complete
FireFly is easily one of the largest music festivals in North America; and each year it gets bigger and better. Make sure you grab your map and put on some good running shoes because if you don’t you may miss something important. I will definitely be back next year!