Over the weekend, MixRadio descended on Dover, DE for the fourth annual Firefly Music Festival. During the four-day-long celebration, the freshest face in online music streaming hosted acoustic performances from some of the festival’s largest acts for their Treehouse Sessions and hung out with buzzworthy bands in the artist compound to talk about what they both did best: music.
While on the grounds, Firefly artists including BØRNS, Broncho, Zella Day, Clean Bandit and AWOLNATION curated MixRadio playlists of new and old songs that have inspired thoughts of home, influenced their music and kept them company on tour. Stream and gain insight into the our favorite playlists and links to every Firefly Festival playlist below. Be sure to download the app here to get the full MixRadio experience.
Broncho’s latest album, Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman, had a ‘70s glam rock vibe to it, and after sharing their MixRadio playlist before Ryan Lindsey’s mesmerizing solo Treehouse Session Saturday evening, it’s apparent why. “This is our real groovy, feel-good playlist,” Lindsey explained. With artists like Isaac Hayes, Tina Turner and Sly & The Family Stone comprising their mix, groovy might be an understatement. Stream Broncho’s playlist here.
After playing the main stage Friday afternoon, Clean Bandit invited MixRadio to hang out in their tour bus and chat about their “Sexy Dancefloor Tunes” playlist, which included such titillating tracks as Will. I. Am’s “Feelin’ Myself” and Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation.” Stream their baby-makin’ playlist by clicking the link here.
After a rousing set on the Backyard Stage Saturday afternoon, The Griswolds hung out with MixRadio in the Artist Compound to talk about their playlist and the ingenious theme of their 25 songs, which was “Acts that we are stoked to see and take selfies with at Firefly Festival 2015.” Stream the Australian indie pop quintet’s playlist here and find out who they hoped to snap pics with over the weekend.
After their hypnotizing stripped down set at MixRadio’s Treehouse Sessions, vocalist Aaron Bruno shared a playlist that displayed his eclectic taste, running the gamut from ‘60s psych-rock and R&B to ‘80s hardcore and pop and everything in between. Stream his diverse playlist here.
As soon as she got to the festival grounds Saturday afternoon, Betty Who visited MixRadio to share her playlist. “My playlist is a mix of badass women who make me feel awesome about myself,” she said with a smile after gawking at how big the Backyard Stage was, where she’d perform later that day. “It spans the ’80s to now.” Stream her empowering playlist by clicking here.
Before closing out day one of MixRadio’s Treehouse Sessions with an explosive set, the dudes of Colony House came to hang out in the Artist Compound and share a playlist that proves they love pop just as much as they love rock. Nestled between songs from War on Drugs and Tame Impala are undeniably infectious hits by the likes of Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift. Stream their fun playlist here.
Ahead of her Saturday evening performance on the Lawn Stage, Zella Day was in her element amongst the trees of backstage, where she shared her MixRadio “5am Mash Up” playlist. “I literally created this mix at 5am while my mom drove me to the airport to come to this festival,” the chanteuse admitted with a laugh. “I was a little delirious, hence clumping these random songs together.” Stream her eclectic playlist here.
Before playing a special, intimate acoustic set as part of MixRadio’s Treehouse Sessions Friday afternoon, Bear Hands shared their creative “Location Location Location” playlist. As the title hints, each of the post-punk/indie rock outfit’s 25 songs are about a certain city, state or country, from Elliott Smith’s “Alameda” to Outkast’s “ATLiens” and Little Dragon’s “Paris.” Stream their playlist by clicking here.
When Nick Catchdubs isn’t helping A-Trak run Fool’s Gold Records, he’s behind the turntables spinning diverse DJ sets. Before starting the biggest dance party of Thursday night at the Pavilion Stage, Nick shared his intriguing playlist in the Artist Compound. “I picked a bunch of recent favorites and Fool’s Gold tracks,” he explained. “They’ve been giving me enjoyment this summer.” Stream his dance-worthy playlist here.
The life of a touring musician is hard enough as it is, and when you have a family homesickness is a natural feeling. For Andrew McMahon, this lifestyle has been one he’s lived for nearly two decades. After pleasing an impressive crowd on the main stage Saturday afternoon, the former Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannequin front man shared his personal MixRadio playlist. “I just tried to include songs that remind me of home,” he divulged, “and wistful of my family and hometown.” Stream his heartfelt playlist by clicking here.
Big Data’s Alan Wilkis is a creative guy, and he proved that by attempting (and succeeding) to create a 25-song playlist for MixRadio that was all about insects (because…Firefly. Get it?). From the Bird and the Bee to Sting and Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” see what made the buzzing cut by clicking here.
Lizzo is a vibrant character and so it’s no surprise that she would appreciate fellow charismatic artists with something to say. Before her dynamic set on Saturday, she and DJ Sophia came to hang out with MixRadio in the Artist Compound to share a special playlist including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks and Run the Jewels.. “This is our summer turn up mix,” Lizzo exclaimed. “We worked together as a team!” Stream their energetic playlist by clicking here.
There’s nothing better than listening to new music you love and old music that inspired the music of today. Before helping close-out the festival on the Porch Stage Sunday evening, Bad Suns stopped by the Artist Compound to share a playlist that included everything from the Cardigans and Unknown Mortal Orchestra to the Cure and Cocteau Twins. “We got together to create a playlist of songs both old and new that we love,” they revealed, and it doesn’t get any better than that. Stream their playlist here.
Garrett Borns spent some time hanging out in the Artist Compound with MixRadio before his Sunday afternoon set, and the playlist he created might be just as cool as the embroidered bird jacket he was wearing. “This is my summer driving playlist,” he revealed, which makes sense. Who wouldn’t want to drive around with their window down to Father John Misty’s icy-electro ballad “True Affection” and Tame Impala’s “Eventually”? Stream his driving mix by clicking here.