Firefly 2015: Zedd Brings Out Echosmith Singer, Cody Simpson Slow-Dances To AWOLNATION & 20 Awesome Moments from Friday

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Zedd performs at the 2015 Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015.

The 2015 Firefly Music Festival packed its first full day from Dover, Delaware on Friday (June 19) with lots of fireworks -- the type that exploded over Paul McCartney's head, of course, but also the type of must-see moments that makes the relatively new fest one of music's must-attend events each year. Check out 20 of the most unforgettable moments from Friday at Firefly -- the coolest covers, strangest sights, best quotes and weirdest fans.

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11:50 AM: A pair of fans -- a couple, presumably -- is seen chugging from two wine bottles in the parking lot near the festival entrance. The performances don't start until noon, but a glorious act called "pre-gaming" is in play.

12:51 PM: Pop songwriter Phoebe Ryan launches into the mash-up that first won her some Internet buzz -- a version of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" that swaps in the hook to Miguel's "Do You."

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2:36 PM: Festival warriors Sylvan Esso tell us backstage that they've planted "little seeds" for the follow-up to their acclaimed 2014 debut, although there's no release date in mind yet.

3:28 PM: "We need our singer back!" one member of British alt-rockers Wolf Alice calls out after band leader Ellie Rowsell leaps into the audience during the group's final song.

3:52 PM: One good way to receive a huge audience reaction? Drop DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat." Logic demonstrates this after his DJ hits play on the hip-hop classic and causes multiple incidences of crowd-surfing.

4:19 PM: Festival goers are still wandering in and searching for the right food stand for their late lunch; however, the longest lines -- by far -- are for the charging stations and water refill kiosks.

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4:34 PM: "I wasn't even planning on playing that," says Cody Simpson, the teen pop heartthrob turned acoustic rock heartthrob, at the Coffee House stage, ravishing a rendition of "Hound Dog" on the electric guitar. Unexpectedly, the former teen star gave one of the most electrifying sets of the day.

5:00 PM: "Shout out to Steve Harvey, he changed my life," says Goshfather, tipping his cap to the giant cardboard cutout of Harvey before closing his set with Jnco.



5:19 PM: DJ Mustard, running through cuts from his production oeuvre after a 15-minute delay due to technical difficulties, plays Trey Songz's "Oh Na Na" in front of a screen touting a pic of three jewel-encrusted mustard bottles bottles touting "Heinz DJ Mustard" on the label.

6:47 PM: A man stalks the Firefly festival grounds with a challenging grin and an unmistakable urine strain on his khaki shorts. Sure, the bathroom lines were long, but not that long.
 
7:01 PM: Cody Simpson slow-dances with a blonde girl in a bikini top in the VIP area during AWOLNATION's set.
 
7:30 PM: Big Data delivers a cover of Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes" that attracts periphery fest-goers not otherwise watching their set.

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7:50 PM: Before his first song, Morrissey takes the stage and declares, "It takes a nation of millions to hold us back," possibly in reference to the Charleston massacre.
 
8:50 PM: Morrissey sings the Smiths' "Meat Is Murder" while images of slaughtered animals flash on the screen behind him. As he croons "do you care?," a drunken supporter in the crowd sputters, "I care!"
 
9:18 PM: El-P and Killer Mike are in full swing during their Run the Jewels set, acknowledging the posters that patrons brought along. "Shout out to the cardboard Kanye," says El, pointing out a portrait. "Is that Oprah, or James Brown?" asks Killer Mike.

9:22 PM: Mumford & Sons recently went electric, so Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse balances things out by grabbing the banjo for a few songs during the group's winning Friday night performance, including "Satin in a Coffin."

10:33 PM: Paul McCartney takes a moment before playing "The Long And Winding Road" to acknowledge the Charleston massacre, which he calls a "terrible tragedy" in a short speech. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," he says.

 



10:39 PM: Actual fireflies hover above the crowd at Firefly as Paul McCartney plays "Maybe I'm Amazed." Coincidence? Of course not.

12:55 AM:Zedd brings out Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota to help him perform his new collaboration with the "Cool Kids" band, titled "Illusion." Taking a stage rigged with pyrotechnics, Sierota undoubtedly has to be very, very careful.