Delaware festival Firefly to become first fan-curated music festival in 2017

The festival wrote on its website: "A question recently dawned on us: Why can’t we work together to create the entire Firefly experience?"

Firefly Music Festival is set to become the first fan-curated music festival for its 2017 edition.

The festival, which has been held in the Delaware state capital Dover since 2012, already has a rich history of prioritising fan input into the organisation of the festival – acts such as Foo Fighters, Blink-182, and Florence and the Machine have all been booked in recent years after fans were surveyed.

Firefly has today (December 5) announced that it is extending the scope of its fan involvement in the organising of next year’s festival, asking attendees to have their say on such aspects as merchandising options, the theme of the festival’s layout and what food should be available in certain areas of the festival. The usual survey of which acts should be booked will also be expanded further.

Writing on their website, Red Frog Events’ Creative Programming Director Christiane Pheil emphasised the communal aspect of the festival.

“What always brings us back, is knowing that we built it together. With all of you. So, a question recently dawned on us. Why just the lineup? Why can’t we work together to create the entire Firefly experience? The answer to that question is what likely brought you here. This concept of a fan-curated festival. What is it? Why is it important? What’s next?

“Starting now, you will have the opportunity to be involved in every piece of Firefly. Throughout the next seven months, we will be releasing several surveys specific to each area of the festival. Artists, attractions, food, camping, merchandise, etc. These are your opportunities to voice your opinion, to help curate the best weekend of the summer, and to be meraki with all of us.”

The surveys for next year’s festival can be found here. The line-up and ticket information for the 2017 event – which will run between June 15-18 –  will be made available early next year, after more than 40 surveys have been collected by Firefly.

The likes of Tame Impala, Death Cab For Cutie and A$AP Rocky all graced Firefly’s stage earlier this year.