Firefly 2015: 10 Smaller Acts Worth Seeing

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Zola Jesus performs at The Republic on Feb. 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

If you're headed to Firefly 2015, you're definitely planning on seeing the big names: Paul McCartney, the Killers, Snoop Dogg, Morrissey, etc. After all, who wouldn't?

But what about the rest of the artists? The lineup undoubtedly includes a few names you've heard of before, but maybe haven't gotten around listening to.

We're here to provide some direction ahead of the Dover, Delaware fest's fourth year. Here are 10 smaller acts at Firefly 2015 you should make a point to see. Check out the complete schedule here

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With a half-seductive, half-growling tone, Le1f is one of the most distinctive rappers on the underground scene. As comfortable with trap as bounce, he's a live act you won't want to miss. (1:45pm at Backyard Stage on Friday) 

Bear Hands

Brooklyn's angular rock outfit Bear Hands are that mix of quirky post-punk and The Cars you never knew you needed. Plus, it's an outdoor fest -- you're legally required to see a band with an animal-inspired name. (6pm at Porch Stage on Friday)

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Milo Greene

Mile Greene is worth seeing if only for the fact that they're a quartet with four lead singers. Aside from sharing vocal duties, they share a love for pensive guitars, propulsive rhythms and even some romantic swathes of synths. (2:30pm at The Lawn Stage; 9pm at The Coffeehouse on Saturday)


Minneapolis MC Lizzo shredded the dusky beats on her alt-hip-hop debut Lizzobangers, spitting with a ferocity and excitement that rap music has been recently lacking. In addition to breakthrough performances on Late Show With David Letterman and critical praise from mainstream media, the 27-year-old has been a tour machine, making her way through the festival circuit as well as playing gigs with My Morning Jacket and Sleater-Kinney. (3pm at Forrest Stage on Saturday)

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Long Island native Ryan DeRobertis, known as Saint Pepsi before switching over to his current moniker, most recently released the blissful disco-throwback "Can't You See," the first offering from his forthcoming Carpark Records debut Prom King, due Sept. 18. (3:15pm at Porch Stage on Saturday)

Betty Who

The Australian power-pop singer chased string of breakthrough EPs with a delectable sugar rush of a debut full-length, Take Me When You Go, in Oct. 2014. After a co-headlining tour with Kiesza and opening slots for Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue, the 23-year-old is breaking up her current Convertible Nights tour with two Saturday performances at Firefly. (5:30pm at The Backyard Stage; 8:15pm at The Coffee House on Saturday)

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Zola Jesus

Armed with a deep, powerful voice and flair for cinematic, electro-tinged songs, Zola Jesus is a stunning live act. Even in the bright of day, her moody synths invite you into her dark, dance-y realm. (6:15pm at Forrest Stage on Saturday)


EDM outliers Snakehips, a duo hailing from London, produce anthems that teeter between grooving club fare and chillwave headphone grooves. They released their latest EP, Forever (Pt. II), earlier this year, touting the smoky R&B-meets-dance single "Gone" featuring The Internet's Syd the Kyd. (3pm at the Pavilion Stage on Sunday)


Indie-pop singer-songwriter Verite has become the tastemaker's darling around the blogosphere, supplementing moody confections with her whole milk coo. Her latest, the enveloping Sentiment EP, was released earlier this month. (3:15pm at Porch Stage on Sunday)


The Wisconsin-bred indie folk act have a not-so-secret weapon: Lead singer Monica Martin, whose voice oscillates between a clear, fragile coo and a full, Winehouse-esque tone. Plus, their songs are just plain gorgeous. (4:45pm at Forrest Stage on Sunday)