McCartney to headline Firefly music festival in Delaware
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 25 February 2015
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Organizers of the Delaware's Firefly Music Festival say former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline this year's event.
Wednesday's announcement comes a week after festival organizers announced a partial lineup led by the Kings of Leon and The Killers.
But last week's lineup didn't include McCartney, despite weeks of rumors that he would be the top draw. Organizers said at the time that they were still waiting on final approval for the third headline act.
Other acts scheduled for this year's festival include Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People and Modest Mouse.
Attendance at Firefly has skyrocketed since the first event drew about 30,000 to the woodlands around Dover Downs International Speedway in 2012. Last year, about 80,000 fans showed up.
Paul McCartney to cap two-year tour with US festival
PUBLISHED: 25 February 2015
Paul McCartney will headline the Firefly Music Festival in the United States in June in what could be the finale to the ex-Beatle's two-year tour.
Firefly, which takes place in the woods of Delaware, has rapidly grown since 2012 as it seeks to give the US East Coast a version of a major global festival.
The festival announced Wednesday that McCartney would headline its June 18-21 edition, during which the music legend will turn 73.
Musician Paul McCartney performs in San Diego, California, on September 28, 2014 ©Kevin Winter (Getty/AFP/File)
Unless McCartney adds additional dates, the concert would be the last of his "Out There" tour, which he opened in May 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
He extended the tour to include four more dates in Japan in April, followed by a May concert in South Korea.
McCartney -- who in 2013 played Bonnaroo in Tennessee, one of the leading US festivals -- has performed a range of Beatles classics as well as newer songs on the tour.
Firefly will also feature fellow British icon Morrissey, hip-hop titan Snoop Dogg and alternative rocker The Killers.
It's official: Sir Paul to play Firefly Music Festival
Ryan Cormier, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
February 25, 2015
Forty days after the rumor first surfaced that former Beatle Paul McCartney would headline Firefly Music Festival, it's finally official: Sir Paul is headed to Dover, Del.
McCartney will join Kings of Leon and The Killers as the headliners of the fourth edition of the Firefly – one of the fastest growing festivals in the country.
The announcement came at noon on Wednesday, putting the final piece of the 110-act lineup puzzle in place. The rest of the 2015 roster was announced last week after more than two weeks of delays.
General admission passes for the festival, $249-$329, will go on sale March 2 at noon via www.fireflyfestival.com. VIP passes, $699-$1,999, go on sale Friday at noon.
The $1,999 "Super VIP" passes include access to artist lounges, viewing from the Firefly's main stage mix tower and stage deck viewing for select main stage shows.
Paul McCartney will headline Firefly Music Festival this summer in Dover, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.
(Photo: Eric Gay/AP)
The "Super VIP" passes also include the benefits of the $699 VIP passes with VIP viewing at all stages, access to a hospitality lounge, complimentary massages, air-conditioned restrooms, VIP parking, golf cart transportation between stages and a personal concierge service.
McCartney's Out There tour, which started in 2013 and also has a string of Japan and South Korea dates scheduled for April and May, encompasses his entire career from The Beatles and Wings to his solo material.
The nearly three-hour show uses state-of-the-art technology with "massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world," according the Firefly's press release announcing the McCartney booking.
Paul McCartney on the "Out There" tour in October in New Orleans. (Photo: MJ KIM/MPL Communications)
Other acts confirmed for this summer include Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Zedd, Modest Mouse, Bastille, Empire of the Sun, Hozier, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Spoon, Gary Clark Jr. and Charli XCX.
The festival, which runs from June 18-22, has flourished since first opening its gates in The Woodlands near the Dover International Speedway in 2012, drawing 30,000. Last year's crowd was 80,000-strong and the festival site is large enough to accommodate 85,000.
Launched in 2012 by Chicago-based Red Frog Events, Firefly joined with Goldenvoice, creators of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, last year.
At the time of the Goldenvoice partnership, both companies predicted bigger headliners and more sponsorships as a side-effect of the collaboration.
Goldenvoice, now owned by global entertainment company AEG, previously landed McCartney for 2009's Coachella. The show had two encores, including a performance of The Beatles' Birthday.
The song would be especially appropriate at Firefly 2015 since Macca turns 73 on June 18 – the festival's opening night.
McCartney has already had a very busy 2015.
After he appeared on Kanye West's surprise Christmas Eve single Only One, he teamed up with West and Rihanna for her latest single FourFiveSeconds, which the trio performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this month.
McCartney also put on a surprise Valentine's Day concert at New York's Irving Plaza -- the night before he performed his solo hit, 1970's Maybe I'm Amazed, at Saturday Night Live's star-studded 40th anniversary program last weekend.