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Tame Impala Day, aka Firefly Festival 2021’s third day, also brought one of the weekend’s bests, Glass Animals, and massive sets from Roddy Ricch, Khruangbin, Oliver Tree, Remi Wolf, Dominic Fike, and so many more. See Saturday highlights in our Firefly 2021 Day 3 Recap:
Performing at her first music festival ever, rising artist Maria Isabel took the Treehouse stage for a cozy performance while nested under clear skies. Starting with her more intimate, deep-cut tracks and transitioning into her well-known hits like “Baby…” and “Where Does the Love Go,” Isabel’s set was the perfect welcoming to a beautiful Saturday. – TK
Singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer Elohim performed at Firefly, and as you can tell, fans were living for every moment. Currently unveiling her multi-part project, Journey to the Center of Myself, the electronic artist has a new live show filled with her thumping recent hits like “Strut” with Big Freedia, “Go Through It,” and a blend of her longstanding anthems like “Fuck Your Money” and the darker “Buckets.” Elohim shared Volume 3 of her new project will also explore a slightly darker sound while telling stories about her life she’s never shared before. More in our Firefly interview here.
I finally got to hear “Clay Pigeon,” one of my favorite songs of the year, live at Firefly. The lead single off binki‘s FADER label debut EP, MOTOR FUNCTION, the indie-rock gem opened the rising artist’s mid-afternoon set in the shaded Treehouse stage and immediately had fans buzzing. Live cuts of the funk and disco-infused “Marco” and “Heybb!” followed to get the party going. Not easy to define but easy to enjoy, especially if you want to get rowdy on the dancefloor.
There is no real way to explain the amazing absurdity people witnessed as Olver Tree took main stage with a musical performance consisting of ongoing comedic bits including the world’s largest guitars, the world’s smallest piano, and jokes about almost every song being the last song of his set. Along with laughter and pure excitement, fans were screaming every word to Oliver’s biggest hits like “When I’m Down” and “Alien Boy,” proof his hits transcend and heighten the comedy while making for an incredible show. – TK
Must know artist Remi Wolf has vocals for days, and she brought her golden pipes and refreshing flare for an unforgettable set. I’ve waited all summer to hear “Liz” live, one of this year’s best tracks, and it finally happened at Firefly. However, not before Remi treated fans to an insane rendition of “Liquor Store,” an unforgettable performance of “Photo ID” with Dominic Fike joining on stage, and her latest singles, “Grumpy Old Man” and “Quiet On Set.” Topping off an incredible set, she sprinkled a few more tracks from her outstanding EP, I’m Allergic To Dogs! If you haven’t had a chance to see Remi Wolf in concert or at a festival, you’re missing out.
An hour before Florida-based superstar Dominic Fike took the stage, fans of all ages packed into the pit in an attempt to secure a spot as close as possible to witness one of the biggest rising stars in pop culture. Fike came out on fire performing “Come Here,” the intro to his debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong. Finishing his set with the fan-favorite “3 Nights,” Fike had everyone singing in unison with nothing but positive energy in the air. – TK
Delivering one of the best sets of the weekend was British band Glass Animals. These guys have had so many hits; they had no choice but to play them all. No complaints here. Seriously, between the citrusy sweet, “Tangerine,” “Your Love (Deja Vú),” which was so much fun to hear live finally, and the inescapable, “Heat Waves,” Dreamland has proven to be a total hit, and it’s accompanying live show is an absolute spectacle fueled by the unstoppable Dave Bayley and band, Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer, and Drew MacFarlane. Songs like “The Other Side of Paradise” and “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” thankfully made the setlist, and Bayley later took a fan request to play their latest single, “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance).” The newest evidence he’s perfected the formula for a surefire hit. Supported by an amazing stage design of vaporwave grandeur, neon embellishments, and video game visuals, the band played “Gooey,” which at that moment I happily remembered was also a past hit by Glass Animals. In addition to dropping various hits from their last three albums, Denzel Curry joined the band on stage for “Tokyo Drifting.” What a show.
Iced out hitmaker Roddy Ricch took over the Backyard stage, ready to make his case as one of rap’s newest leaders. While he closed with the multi-platinum smash single, “The Box,” which already has over two billion streams, Roddy led the performance with other memorable tracks like “Every Season” and “High Fashion.” A star quickly rising, his set was filled with his collabs with Gunna, Mustard, Pop Smoke, and 50 Cent.
With dark skies and chilly temperatures setting in around 9:30 pm, the Houston-based psychedelic rock band Khruangbin came out on the Wonder stage and immediately turned up the heat performing an extended version of their hit record “Time” – consisting of alternating guitar solos and groovy moves. In my personal opinion, this performance deserves all the praise that fans in attendance have been giving it due to the originality and creativity within the group’s theatrics and set design. The group’s chemistry was flawless and showed that this wasn’t their first rodeo. – TK
I think I’m speaking for everyone when I say that Tame Impala was one of the best live performances I have seen in a long time. The band opened with several tracks from The Slow Rush, including the album’s first and last songs, “One More Year” and “One More Hour,” to set the tone for the next hour and a half. Taking fans down memory lane with deep cuts off of their earlier 2010 project, InnerSpeaker, and fan favorites from the 2015 album, Currents, Kevin Parker, and company couldn’t have produced a better tracklist for the most anticipated spectacle of the weekend. Returning to the stage after fans wouldn’t leave and began chanting “one more song,” the band returned for a stunning cut of “The Less I Know The Better,” reminding us all of why the record has quickly passed 1 billion streams. – TK
Co-written with Tim Kubasik