Thursday, April 05, 2012 05:08:37 PM by
By now you’ve probably heard that the Firefly Music Festival is headed to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway July 20-22. Featuring such acts as The Killers, The Black Keys, John Legend, Jack White and more than 40 more, excitement over the biggest concert festival to come to the First State spread quickly around town and on social media sites Monday morning as soon as the news broke. Some even thought it was possibly a late April Fools’ Day prank. But indeed, a limited amount of early-bird three-day passes went on sale Thursday at noon on Firefly’s website for $178 and officials say they sold out in 20 minutes. Advance tickets are now on sale for $198 and then after they sell out, tickets are $218. Some music fans have expressed concern over having to buy tickets for all three days, wondering if single-day tickets were going to be available. Reached Wednesday, however, Firefly spokeswoman Lauren Shield said “We are only offering three-day passes at this time.” A check of the website shows that Firefly is also offering three-day VIP and Super VIP passes starting initially at $595 and $1,195, respectively. VIP passes offer amenities such as a private cash bar offering specialty liquor, wine and beer; catered gourmet and traditional meals throughout the day; and access to an air-conditioned VIP lounge and shaded seating. Super VIP passes allow everything from on-stage viewing for several main stage shows, golf cart concierge between stages, VIP access to an exclusive Saturday night casino concert to free hot air balloon rides and much more. Along with camping options, Firefly has also introduced a new term — Glamping. According to the site, “with all-inclusive Glamping, guests will have all the amenities of a luxury hotel in the form of their own private safari tent, located steps from the festival entrance.” Attractions will include the balloon rides, local artists to paint and personalize your canvas TOMS sneakers, arcade games and an interactive art gallery. Proving that some people around here are pretty good at keeping secrets, officials have been working behind the scenes on this for months. One of those officials, Cindy Small, executive director of Kent County Tourism, couldn’t be more excited about Firefly. “The Firefly Music Festival is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of events, and it will bring a different genre of music to Dover,” she said. “It should draw a new audience to our area, providing a much-needed influx of business to our hotels, restaurants and retailers.” For updates on Firefly, keep an eye on this space.