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More than 50,000 people ventured to The Woodlands to experience Firefly this year. With a heavy schedule filled with Panic At The Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone and more, festival-goers had a wide variety of options when it came to music.
Firefly was acquired by AEG Presents last year and they added over $4 million in upgrades to the festival this year. This included new stages, lighting improvements and the Front Row viewing passes amongst many things. The Front Row viewing passes allowed goers to be up close to the artist without the extra hassle of having to wait forever or hold their place in line. “I purchased the front row passes for Saturday and Sunday, and I loved being able to get up close to the bands I really wanted to see,” says Steph, “I thought the vibe was great. I met a lot of really cool people and had some awesome experiences and plan to go back next year.”
A new stage was introduced called the Prism stage, many fans had mixed feelings about it, “I miss the pavilion and backyard stage. I know they combined them and made the Prism so it was more equipped for EDM artists.”
The camping experience also got a facelift, in the South Hub camping campers were allowed to expand their minds through CHATS (Come Hear About Things) programming, this included meditation and craft classes, artist panels with Firefly musicians and human football.
In the North Hub, they introduced a beach club and other changes, “Some things I liked were the North Hub was a lot cooler than it has been in the past and it was nice they gave us the cloth camping brackets and the clear bags this year.” says Ted.
Once in the camping grounds, fans were met with the new Bazaar. Fans were able too to pick up treasures and trinkets at the central market and even met with dating game shows karaoke and a wide variety of acts.
With all of these new overwhelming changes, many people expected more, “my fiancé and I both think there was a lack of food vendors.” says Sam “it seemed like there were a bunch of the same vendors rather than a lot of different ones. But that could be biased since my favorite food places from last year weren’t there. I still had a lot of fun this year”
Despite having all these new additions, fans still get the same old feeling when they head down to the Woodlands every year for Firefly. It’s a weekend for people from all walks of life to gather and enjoy good music, and good food.