The seventh annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware will feature acclaimed stars of rap and rock, with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers in the headlining slots.
The Detroit rapper, otherwise known as Marshall Mathers, released his ninth studio album Revival in 2017, and is making his Firefly debut. Compton’s Lamar is on his second Firefly slot on the strength of last year’s universally praised DAMN. LP – he first appeared in 2013, following good kid, m.A.A.d city. Arctic Monkeys and Killers are returning on players too, having played in 2014 and 2015, respectively. For the former, it’s their first concert in three years (per Pitchfork) and they have an album on the way in 2018 as well.
As always, the Firefly undercard is filled with awesomeness, from arty R&B singer and songwriter SZA to UK space rockers Alt-J, modern rock crowd pleasers Portugal. The Man and Jimmy Eat World, a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D, an always-entertaining appearance from Twin Cities hiphop queen Lizzo, a we-weren’t-expecting-this inclusion of 90s west cost G-funk king Warren G, and much more.
On the local front, the Philly is represented well, with sets by electropop duo Marian Hill and melodic rapper PnB Rock, and rock and roller Ron Gallo. From the XPN universe, you’ll notice Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, perennial XPNFest faves Chicano Batman and up-and-coming Richmond, Virginia rocker Lucy Dacus in the mix.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12th at 10 a.m. at FireflyFestival.com; check the full lineup in the flyer below, and listen to music from some of the artist in the mix.