Music Festival to Triple Town's Population

The population of one area city will just about triple this weekend as music fans come to town.

More than 60,000 people are expected to be in Dover, Del. for the three-day Firefly Music Festival.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Dover's population will balloon during the festival. The current population of Dover is estimated around 37,000, according to recent U.S. Census data.

The city is bringing in police from other jurisdictions to ensure the festival, which begins Friday, runs smoothly.

The festival is being held at Dover International Speedway. The Firefly lineup includes rock legends like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as well as current radio stars like Vampire Weekend and Foster the People.

With an impressive roster as well as additional camping options and single-day tickets, the second edition of Firefly is expected to draw twice the crowd as last year’s festival.

“We’re anticipating some larger crowds this year, obviously,” Dover police Capt. Tim Stump told the News Journal. “We’ve made adjustments so there is going to be more of us out there.”


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Residents and festival goers alike can expect traffic around the area including some road closures during the event.

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