June 18-21, 2015
This year’s Firefly was marked by mud. Heavy rains early in the week left much of the festival grounds barely passable as the gates opened Thursday night. The dance pit under the Pavilion tent was a lake. Many sandals were lost that night.
Jungle and Tycho were great on Thursday, but the footing left us worried.
I tapped “boots” into Google Maps the next morning and saw a nearby Wal-Mart, Target, and the Dover Army-Navy surplus store. We had to hit the surplus store.
The owners there gave us good sizing advice for the giant overshoes we picked up. I bought a pair of 1966 US Army boots for 10 bucks. As we paid for our gear a line formed behind us – the Target and Wal-Mart were all cleared out of boots.
Paul McCartney played for two and a half hours on Friday night. He’d been on tour for two years. He’d just turned 73.
He put on a fantastic show.
Luckily we got to see Sir Paul on Friday – just as we positioned at the main stage for Kings of Leon on Saturday the show was cancelled and the grounds cleared due to fast-moving thunderstorms. We just managed to beat the front and watched the storm batter the giant American flag over the Bob Evans across from our hotel.
Most of the bands that got shut down by the storm played the next afternoon but the Kings pulled up stakes, even though they had nothing on the calendar.
The Killers finished off the festival on Sunday night, throwing in a few Kings of Leon covers along the way.