According to the Firefly Festival Facebook page, 3-day passes sold out late Thursday night for the July 20-22 event that’s quickly becoming the biggest music concert on the eastern seaboard this summer.
Information directly from Red Frog Events is limited, with most updates coming through the Firefly Festival’s website and facebook page.
Officials are not commenting on the number of 3-day passes sold or the number of 1-day passes available.
However, passes for Friday will be available for $68 while the cost of Saturday or Sunday will be $88, pluss processing fees. Single day tickets will go on sale Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m. at www.fireflyfestival.com. According to the website, these tickets will be emailed after purchase and will be good for one-time entry to the festival. No reentry with single day passes will be permitted. Single day passes will also not be eligible for VIP upgrades or other prizes that will be available to 3-day pass holders.
Three-day VIP and Super VIP packages that put fans closer to the stage and offer a range of amenities are still available.
With all three days sold out and fans expected from all over the country, the Delaware Tourism Office expects that festival-goers will generate $12.6 million in revenue in Delaware, with Firefly impact reaching points north and south of the state. Hotels in Middletown are sold out and as of yesterday Newark was filling up but still had some vacancies. Downtown Wilmington is also almost sold out. The beaches are reporting the same sort of information. The Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth is down to only a handful of rooms left, much life The Bellmoor Inn, Rehoboth Inn Holiday Express, Oceanus, the Admiral Hotel and The Bay Resort in Dewey. In Lewes, the Lazy L is booked solid for Friday, July 20 but there are still a few rooms available for Sunday, July 22.
Delaware Tourism Office Director Linda Parkowski expects that the ease of access to the centrally located concert event will propel people to explore hotel accommodations well outside of Dover.
“Based on what we’re hearing, it’s possible that hotels in Wilmington could sell out due to visitors staying in town for Firefly,” Parkowski said.
Parkowski also hopes that Firefly audiences will arrive early and stay longer in order to check out the Delaware State Fair, which opens the same weekend as Firefly as well as the breweries and wineries of the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.
“We’re hoping that festivalgoers will head down to Harrington to check out a show there or ride some rides,” Parkowski said. “And, having a nationally known and respected brewery like Dogfish Head as the official beer of Firefly says a lot about the quality of beverages that Delaware has to offer, giving us a chance to show off Dogfish and the 11 other breweries and wineries on our Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.”
Page 2 of 2 - The Firefly Festival will be held at the newly named “Woodlands” area of the Dover International Speedway, 87-acres of space previously used for camping during NASCAR races. Now, a temporary music venue, the event will host 48 musical acts across four stages and also feature pop-up restaurants and hot air balloon rides.
Ticket sale information follows Monday’s announcement that indie musicians Modest Mouse were added to the Saturday, July 21 lineup.
As of 3 p.m., Friday, June 29, the Firefly website was up and running following several hours of technical difficulties, which made it impossible to buy tickets or get information.
For more information, visit www.fireflyfestival.com or stay tuned to the festival’s Facebook page.