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2018 Firefly Music Festival Lineup & Past Performers

Firefly Music Festival announced the 2018 lineup and fans and festivalgoers are getting pumped. Everyone is snatching up passes and discussion is brewing online about what songs will be played and which bands will perform on which days. We’re not gonna speculate or anything like that, but here’s what we’re excited about…

The Headliners

Eminem is adding Firefly to his festival-hopping summer. He’ll also be headlining Coachella and Bonnaroo, just to name a few other big ones. He just released the single “Chloraseptic” this year and his album Revival in 2017, but we’re crossing our fingers that he’ll play some of the old school favorites too. #momsspaghetti

Kendrick Lamar, who is basically hip hop’s leading man right now, is starting off the summer at Firefly too. He just produced the soundtrack to Black Panther, so we can only hope to hear a few new jams as well as the very sing-along-able hits like “Humble.” He’s been at Firefly before, way before he was so huge, so it’s awesome that he’s coming back for an encore.

The big news: It’s the first official tour date for the Arctic Monkeys since 2014. Fans are hoping this means there’ll be new music on the horizon for the British band. They actually played the festival four years ago, and everybody is anxiously awaiting their return.

The Killers are also playing lots of festivals this summer and Firefly is no exception. As one of the original Firefly headliners from back in the day, they’ve performed on this stage multiple times and they never disappoint. This super hip rock band is sure to have fans screaming along to “Mr. Brightside” among other hits.

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Everybody Else!

Aside from just the headliners, the other performers – ya know, the ones in smaller print on the festival poster – are pretty amazing too. There’s rap royalty on the agenda for the weekend like Lil’ Wayne and newcomer Logic.

And it wouldn’t be a summer music festival without plenty of electronic and dance music. Firefly’s got Odesza as well popular DJ Martin Garrix who’s responsible for writing and producing hits for other artists. Mike D of the Beastie Boys will also be performing a DJ set.

We’re not sure if there will be any surprise collaborations, but female R&B artist SZA will be performing. Her best-known singles feature Kendrick Lamar (hint, hint), Travis Scott, and Calvin Harris.

We’ll also hear from Portugal. The Man, the psychedelic rock band from Alaska who you’ve probably only heard of recently because of their smash hit “Feel It Still” (even though they’ve been around for a while). Maybe study up on their other tunes if you wanna sing along.

MGMT, Foster the People, Big Gigantic, and Jimmy Eat World will also be performing on Firefly’s stages. You’ve heard all their stuff on the radio. And the awesome “Good as Hell” singer, Lizzo, will be there too (man, that song is great).

Looking for some awesome new indie artists too? There’s no shortage of those at Firefly. You’ll be able to see singer-songwriters Alex Lahey and Lucy Dacus as well as Middle Kids

Expect the whole weekend to be packed with fab music, including performances by lesser-known bands on Thursday. Even if you haven’t heard of them, Firefly is a great chance discover new artists.

But we haven’t even touched on half of the bands that’ll be performing at Firefly. Be sure to check out the full lineup for 2018 here.

Past Firefly Lineups

Looking back on past lineups, you can see a lot of repeat performers who keep coming back to Firefly (ah, The Killers). The festival itself seems to be a good predictor of what’s going to be popular in the future (lookin’ at you, Portugal. The Man) with lesser known artists making their way up the poster from fine print to larger print as the years progress. Here’s a glance at a few lineups from years past…

2017

The Weeknd, Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, Muse, Twenty One Pilots

Kesha, Franz Ferdinand, O.A.R., T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Weezer, Glass Animals, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Shins…

Okay, you know Firefly appeals to a huge range of ages and fan demographics when they can just casually throw Bob Dylan in there as a headliner amidst all those other artists. This was a truly impressive lineup of legendary rock n’ roll, rap, pop, indie, you name it – 2017 had it all.

2016

Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Florence & The Machine

Ludacris, Major Lazer, Blink 182, Earth Wind & Fire, Ellie Goulding, Death Cab for Cutie, Fetty Wap…

This year was a little more niche with its headliners, featuring popular yet indie and folk bands, along with electronic and house DJ Deadmau5. But the other artists were on fire too, like Ellie Goulding, Ludacris, and the oh so trap rap Fetty Wap (who was 30 minutes late, driving fans crazy), plus throwbacks like Blink 182 and way-back throwbacks like Earth Wind & Fire. What a mix!

2015

Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, The Killers

Morrissey, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Bastille, Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, Spoon, The Chainsmokers…

Having Paul McCartney headline the festival was a bold move, but the 73-year-old packed the place with fans of all ages as he played two and a half hours of hits by the Beatles, Wings, and well, himself. Then you had the always rocking Kings of Leon as well as great rap artists like Snoop and Kid Cudi, plus the burgeoning Chainsmokers. All that equals another amazingly fun and well-rounded lineup!

2014

Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson

Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Weezer, Pretty Lights, Portugal. The Man, Third Eye Blind, Amos Lee…

Again, a trio of headliners that brought something for everybody. Laid back surfer bro Jack Johnson combined with popular hip-hop duo Outkast and the always rowdy Foo Fighters? Why the heck not?!

Thank you, Tom Petty. You belong somewhere you feel free. #RIP

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2013

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alabama Shakes, Ellie Goulding, Avett Brothers, Calvin Harris, MGMT, Passion Pit…

Wow, 2013 was a hell of a lineup considering it was only this festival’s second year! Tom Petty (RIP) is a legend and the Red Hot Chili Peppers always get crowds riled up, but the huge array of other quality artists kept every fanbase happy, from folk to pop to the blues-y festival favorite, the Alabama Shakes.

2012

The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White

Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, OK GO, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, Girl Talk

Firefly’s first year showed its youthfulness. Passion Pit canceled at the last minute and there were sound issues during a few shows, but the vibe and the good times kept this new east-coast festival going. This kinda quirky lineup featured a lot of not-so-mainstream rock as well as future Firefly favorites like The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie.

Little did festivalgoers know at the time, this event would go on to become bigger and better year after year! Firefly has only continued to attract more popular artists and 2018’s lineup is no exception!

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