5 must-see artists at Firefly 2017
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The east coast's premiere music festival, Firefly, is right around the corner, and this year's lineup is one of their best yet. With headliners such as Twenty One Pilots and Bob Dylan on the top of the bill, there will be no shortage of talent to see on the main stage. The lower sections of the lineup are nothing to be remiss about, either. Here are five of the best artists you should definitely catch at Firefly.

1. Missio
Set time: Friday, 7:15-8 p.m., Treehouse Stage

Newcomers to both the festival scene and the music industry, Missio have found appeal with their cutting lyrics and moody songs. Formed in American musical hotspot Austin, Texas, the duo have had their single "Middle Fingers" tearing up the airwaves all year long. Their debut record, Loner, just came out on May 19.

If you can't catch Missio at Firefly, they are currently on tour, including playing nearby Norfolk, VA at The NorVa on July 3.

2. Franz Ferdinand
Set time: Friday, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Firefly Stage

The Glaswegian indie group Franz Ferdinand is at it again, and this time they have shaken up the lineup, replacing departed guitarist Nick McCarthy with the talented Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie, also known as Miaoux Miaoux. With the new members in place, Franz Ferdinand are like a brand new band, and their fiery live sets never disappoint. Also catch Paul and Julian DJing at the Treehouse Stage, Fri. 10-10:45 p.m.

If you can't make it to Franz Ferdinand's set at Firefly, it comes halfway through their US tour, which includes an evening at Baltimore's Rams Head Live! on Jun 14.

3. Kaleo
Set time: Thursday, 10-11 p.m., Lawn Stage

If you've listened to the folk-vibes of Kaleo, you may have expected them to be from somewhere in the midwest. However, these hot rising stars actually come from the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Going from indie to a number 1 hit hasn't even phased them, and the time to catch this group is now before tickets to their shows get even harder to come across.
If you won't be able to watch Kaleo while they're at Firefly, they have some other dates planned, including two at Denver's Paramount Theatre on Sept. 22 and 23.

4. AFI
Set time: Friday, 4-5 p.m., Firefly Stage

Hey miss murder! Do you remember AFI raging that song over the airwaves in the mid-2000s? Well, they are still playing, and have even recently put out new, more mature, tunes. Frontman Davey Havok may wear a little less makeup now, but the band have aged like a fine wine and are sure to be one of the surprise delights of this year's Firefly lineup.

If you can't get to AFI's set at Firefly, you can see them elsewhere on The Blood Tour, including two dates in Virginia - June 2 at The National in Richmond and June 6 at The NorVa in Norfolk.

5. Muse
Set time: Sunday, 9:15-10:45 p.m., Firefly Stage

Of all the headliners this year, Muse are the ones you surely shouldn't miss. Their energetic live show is always a visual marvel, and who knows what surprises they have in store for the crowd this year at Firefly. 

If you can't see Muse on Firefly's main stage, with new music out they are playing lots of dates this year, including Oct. 3 at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.


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