With ideal outdoor weather and the main stages opening up, it was all systems go Friday on day two of Firefly 2016. Perhaps in relief of a long week and rainy weather on the opening days, the crowd seemed deliriously happy throughout the day, with many soaking up sun in outfits also suited for the Delaware coast (apparently, swimwear is to Firefly what flower crowns are to Coachella). The performers all seemed to be riding a similar sunny buzz, and they all seemed thrilled to play before the massive crowds.
One of the most pleasant surprises was longtime rock favorites Guster, who received one of the warmest ovations of the day. Kaneholler were equally fantastic, with their hugely energetic rendition of “Evermore” standing out as a highlight. Saint Motel were in great spirits and had the crowd going nuts.
— SAINT MOTEL (@SaintMotel) June 18, 2016
Fitz and the Tantrums might have been the most energetic performers of the day, as they packed their set full of material from their brand new self-titled album, including the excellent single “HandClap.” The dance-pop fun continued with the English band The Wombats, who shouted out the "delightful crowd" and called Firefly “the best U.S. festival so far.” As relatively new artists, Rüfüs du Sol drew a slightly smaller crowd for their set, but the band’s sunny Australian sound projects for much bigger stages in the years to come. And Ellie Goulding showed why she’s one of the world’s biggest pop stars as her charming personality and dance moves were as captivating as her infectious music.
View our slideshow of Friday’s performances by photographers Emily Korn and Kevin Staunton above. And for complete coverage of Firefly 2016, stay right here on AXS.com.