DOVER, Del. (WBOC) – The lineup for this year's Firefly Festival in Dover is out. Organizers released the list on Tuesday. 71 acts - up from 48 last year - will play in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. And that's just one of the ways the second year of Firefly will be different.
Firefly was the hot topic during the request hour on Eagle 97.7 at lunch time. Gary John, the station's assistant programming director, says this year's lineup is more mainstream than last year's. It includes acts like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Red Hot Chili Peppers, along side many indie groups. John thinks festival organizers were feeling things out in 2012.
"Response was good. Attendance was good. Feedback was great. I think they decided to kick it up a notch this year. They certainly have."
"From the announcement that was made this morning," said Mike Tatoian, COO at Dover Motorsports. "It will definitely be bigger and better than it was a year ago."
Tatoian says people don't know what to expect in a first go-round, but if something is a success, word will spread.
"Fortunately, last year it was very successful," he said. "That's the best testimonial. The folks that were here had a terrific time."
About 30,000 people a day showed up for last year's festival. Dover International Speedway is planning for 40,000 to 50,000 each day this year. Many of those people will camp out. Others will take a room at a hotel.
"We're going to be sold out," said Vic Shimp, general manager of the nearby Sheraton. "We still have a little bit of availability right now. It's going to sell out the town. There's no question in my mind about that."
John says who does what could depend on what they are at the festival to see.
"Bring those acts in might bring in your single-day crowd - big fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers, big fans of Tom Petty," he said. "I think that's where the indie groups come in. All those groups playing the second stage - that's where you get your guys who are coming in Friday and staying to party the whole weekend."
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