Audiences on the final day of any multi-day festival are always a bit more calm given the exhaustion that sets in after long days of non-stop music and heat. Such was the case at the Firefly Music Festival on Sunday, though the artists did their best to pump life back into a bleary, sun-baked crowd.
Forced to change his set time due to the filming schedule on “Furious 8,” Ludacris found himself playing an early Father’s Day set. But with a deep rack of hits and a seasoned stage presence, Luda delivered the equivalent of a headlining set early in the day. The Pavilion stage provided a respite from the sun, so Hayden James found himself playing in front of a large crowd during his early performance. With energy and raw talent, The Struts continued a strong weekend for British artists.
Breakout band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats brought their soul-drenched sound to a large and receptive crowd, before Rateliff hit the Coffee Shop stage for a more intimate solo performance. Beyond working in a Beastie Boys cover, Grouplove announced their new album Big Mess during a typically entertaining set. Grabbing a fan’s iPhone for a selfie, Wet frontwoman Kelly Zutrau was all smiles despite some sound issues. And Elle King is looking more and more like a star with each performance.
Blink-182 played their first major show since Matt Skiba took over for the departed Tom DeLonge and despite the new singer, the band’s juvenile pop-punk remains as endearing as it was when you were a teenager. The 1975 drew throngs of excited females to their set, and frontman Matthew Healy delivered, knowing exactly which buttons to press as he played to the crowd.
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It was a sweltering end to a fantastic weekend at a festival that’s fast become one of the best of the summer. Can’t ask for much more than that. For complete coverage AXS.com of Firefly 2016, click here.