The 2015 Firefly Music Festival continued on Friday, June 19. The threat of rain would have made the already soggy conditions an all out mudfest. Fortunately, a couple thunderstorms moved south and north of the festival making for a perfect, though humid, day of music.
With 90,000 fans in attendance for the sold-out festival, Firefly might have finally experienced some growing pains. The lines for the water stations were lengthy for most of the day, with hundreds of people waiting to refill their containers. Aside from the lack of available free water the crowd size was only obvious during the massive gathering for Paul McCartney’s headline show on the main stage.
Morrissey brought an expected message with his music, denouncing meat eaters with a graphic video during “Meat Is Murder.” The iconic frontman of The Smiths signature voice remains intact and he tossed in a couple other The Smiths classics including “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before” and the set closing “What She Said.” Morrissey left the stage without bidding an adieu after the final verse while his band finished out, and drummer Matt Walker destroyed his kit for a final exclamation to their performance.
McCartney opened with “Birthday,” having celebrated his 73rd year the previous day. Cage the Elephant noted the fact earlier in the afternoon on the same stage and sang “Happy Birthday” to Sir Paul during their set. When McCartney paused to address the massive crowd after performing “Save Us,” fans interrupted by serenading the former Beatle. Paul guffawed and broke into “Got to Get You into My Life” before they could finish. McCartney did not show his age, and powered through more than 30 songs for well over two hours, and sounded fantastic. It’s easily the biggest sing-along that Firefly has experienced in its four year history.
The music continues on Saturday with notable performances by Matt & Kim, Dirty Heads (including an intimate Treehouse Session), Gary Clark, Jr., Betty Who, Sublime with Rome and a headline set by Kings of Leon. Late night revelers can enjoy a dance party hosted by Steve Aoki on the Backyard Stage to cap the night.