The long-awaited full lineup and daily schedule for Firefly 2017 has finally arrived. While the planners behind Firefly have done a remarkable job at spacing out the best acts to minimize conflicts, with all festivals, come a few tough decisions. There are no major conflicts with such headliners as Muse and Twenty One Pilots, but a few of the smaller stages will offer up some tough cuts. We give you the rundown on the best decisions with regard to major conflicts so you can make the most out of your venture to The Woodlands.
Kaleo (Thurs 10-11 p.m.) vs. Glass Animals (Thurs 10:45-12 a.m.)
With the lack of Main Stage shows on Thursday, the conflicts are minimal. However, fans of the biggest up and coming indie/alt rock bands may have to decide between Kaleo on the Lawn stage and Glass Animals on the Backyard stage. For those who can only make it to one, our suggestion is to hit Kaleo, as their popularity is skyrocketing and future years may make them harder to catch as they move to main stage slots. If you want to catch the best of both worlds, take advantage of the staggered scheduling and move from Kaleo when they end at 11 over to catch the last hour of Glass Animals, who will be playing until midnight. If you want to see a full Glass Animals set ahead of Firefly, they will be playing nearby at The NorVa on Jun. 14.
OK Go vs. Miike Snow (both Fri. 9:30-10:45 p.m.)
This one is tough as both acts share a time slot, and likely a certain amount of fan base. While OK Go are on the bigger Lawn stage and may be harder to secure a front row spot for than Miike Snow on the Backyard stage, we lean towards nostalgia. OK Go haven’t toured for awhile, so if you remember them from their heyday and want to see what they’re up to now, they are a treat to see live. If you aren’t already at Firefly on June 15, OK Go have a show scheduled at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore.
The Shins (Sun. 8-9:15 p.m.) vs. Phantogram (Sun. 8:15-9:15 p.m.)
With two first class acts taking the stage at the same time, this is another tough decision. The Shins were the soundtrack for many in the 2000s, so may hold a personal appeal, while Phantogram are known for their eye-catching live shows. It’s a really close call, but we suggest going with Phantogram and catching The Shins at another show this year, such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Oct. 5.
Sir Sly (7-8 p.m.) vs. Hamilton Leithauser (Sun. 7:15-7:45 p.m.)
On Sunday, young up-and-comers Sir Sly face off against Hamilton Leithauser, the former vocalist of The Walkmen. Thankfully, this one has an easy solution - Hamilton Leithauser is playing two sets, so you can catch him earlier during the day on the Lawn stage, starting at 4 pm. While his Coffee House show will be more intimate (plus coffee!), it gives you a chance to see Sir Sly on the Porch at 7 p.m. Or, try to make it out to Sir Sly with K. Flay on Jun. 14 at The National in Richmond.