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Flume at Sweetlife Music festival in 2016. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

The best acts coming to Firefly this year

You've bought your tickets, found your perfect festival outfit and now you need to figure out which acts to see at Firefly Music Festival, a three-day event in the woods of Dover, Delaware. The talent line up is impressive, but these are the acts that are worth leaving your tent for.

Thursday, June 15

Glass Animals
This British indie rock band knows how to groove, but the electronica influences on their most recent album makes them a chill way to kick off your festival experience.

K. Flay's music straddles the intersection of hip-hop, indie rock and electronic, but her sound is electrifyingly cool.

If you err on the side of dreamy, this little-know indie-folk-rock outfit from L.A. should be your first act.

Friday, June 16

If you were lucky enough to catch Flume at Sweetlife Music Festival (RIP) last year, you'll remember there's something magical about listening to his often intricately layered electronic soundscapes in a forest. Plus, he often plays some of his extraordinarily cool remixes, like this Chet Faker song.

This rock band has been around for over 20 years and they've recently returned to their musical roots after playing around with pop for a few years. Still, here's hoping they play some of their classics like "Island In The Sun" or "Say It Ain't So."

Benny Benassi
If you hang around DC9, Flash or Echostage, you won't want to miss Benny Benassi, who introduced audiences to electro house music and EDM before it was widely accepted.

Franz Ferdinand
This rock band smashed onto the international stage in the mid-2000s but since then they've been slow to put out more music. However, seeing them live might help you pick up some clues as to what's next for the band.

If you still have your emo MySpace pics floating around somewhere out there, this is the show where you can bust out your black eyeliner skills again.

Lil Dicky
A lot of people try to blend comedy and hip-hop, but Lil Dicky probably the only person who does it right.

Saturday, June 17

Chance the Rapper
This hip-hop powerhouse has been receiving a lot of press for his philanthropy, but he's an incredible musician and puts on a stellar live show - which he's demonstrated for President Obama.

Bob Dylan
He may be an unpredictable performer, but Bob Dylan's influence is undeniable and it's worth it to see a living legend in action.

The Weeknd
This is almost undoubtedly the freshest act in R&B. The Weeknd weaves often weaves in hip-hop with his silky vocals, so this show is sure to leave you dancing.

This talented songstress has been publicly battling for her music in court, but she brought down the house when she performed with Zedd at Coachella in 2016. Her performance at Firefly will hopefully be just as thrilling.

Bishop Briggs
Briggs is magnetic on stage. Her intensity as a performer is almost palpable and she won over a lot of Washingtonians during her performance at the All Things Go Fall Classic last year.

Sunday, June 18

This band's sound has always been big, to the point of bordering on symphonic. Their newest releases hint to a memorable show that even the people in the back will be able to hear loud and clear.

Waka Flocka Flame
Although this hip-hopper's bid for the presidency failed, his shows are as raucous as his sound is heavy-hitting.

The Shins
Whether you prefer The Shins' more surf rock-inspired work or their songs that lean towards their folk music, fans will be thrilled to see them live after a 5-year hiatus.