Firefly Music Festival is the East Coast’s largest music and camping festival. The festival is set to return to The Woodlands for its 7th year, June 14-17, 2018. Firefly is the first-ever fan curated music festival. Fans help shape the festival experience by voting on things like attractions, artists, experiences, designs, etc. While in The Woodlands, attendees get to see their favorite musicians perform, explore new activities, spend time with friends in the campgrounds, and make lifelong memories.
Red Frog Events is the event production company which owns and promotes Firefly. While being one of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America”, Red Frog Events provides event services ranging from food and beverage to its ticketing platform, EventSprout. In addition, the event production company dedicates time to philanthropic efforts and has a consistent partnership with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over $14 million of a $25 million dollar fundraising commitment to St Jude has been achieved.
Firefly Music Festival took place in The Woodlands at Dover Downs over the past weekend. From June 15-18, 90,000 guests attended the festival this year and over 140 different acts performed. Headliners included The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, and Bob Dylan and His Band.
My Own Firefly Experience
I personally, have been to Firefly the past 4 straight years and have watched this festival grow and change a lot. The festival started quite small, but now growing to be a big contender in the festival circuit. Firefly really does listen to its fans and brought in a lot of new features to please everyone. This year I noticed real flushing portable bathrooms which is a huge upgrade to the ‘porta-potties’ of years past. Plenty of watering stations were spread throughout the festival and more shade features were in effect. There were also more benches to sit and eat at which implemented those extra shade features.
While I had a fantastic camping experience in 2015 and 2016, I did not this year. Although, I did note camping improvements were made, with both of the Hubs in the campgrounds having grand upgrades as well. While Firefly always has an incredible food lineup, this year there were even more options. Firefly added a feature called The Fort, which was a multi-level bar and patio area. They also added a traveling stage called The Rambler that moved throughout the festival and campgrounds.
A Massive Upgrade Now Featured At Firefly
A crucial new addition this year was the “Spruce Up” pass, which gave campers additional amenities to freshen up in the campgrounds and the festival. It gave you access to private lounges with restroom trailers and mirrors. Furthermore, it would provide access to the “Spruce Up Lounge” in campgrounds and in the festival. In the campgrounds you had access to an upgrade of private showers and air-conditioned restrooms. Most noteworthy, at the festival you had access to private, air-conditioned restrooms. Honestly, this is a really good idea. Passes were $79, but if camping isn’t for you, but you love festivals then this would have been a solid investment.
The Firefly Camping Experience
As it usually does, Firefly offered 4 types of admission passes: Single Day (GA and VIP options), 4 Day GA, VIP, and Super VIP. A huge part of the Firefly experience was camping, they offered Tent, RV, Glamping, Carefree, and Group camping. Parking at the festival was free during the day, you just had to leave by 4:30am. All the while overnight parking passes were available for $40.