Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Flaming Lips at Firefly Festival

The Woodlands, Dover, DE, 7.22.12 – So I went to Firefly Music Festival and all i got to do was take a hot air balloon ride with Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips.  And let’s not forget J Roddy Walston of J Roddy Walston & the Business.  And I also got to take some live photos, from the stage while wearing a Cowardly Lion costume from Wizard of Oz.  Check out my photos of my time with Wayne Coyne at Flaming Lips, high above the crowd from Firefly Festival.

I had a lot of extra coverage planned for Firefly since shooting for Rolling Stone, coupled with the relationships I have in the business, can get you some extra access for shows like this.  But I did not have anything really planned with Flaming Lips, and it probably consumed the largest chunk of my time for any band at the festival.  I had mentioned to my friend Andrew Shwartz, who was down shooting for Spin, that I wanted to speak with Wayne’s manager about extra access and he told me he already had some fun stuff lined up and I should come along for the ride.

In terms of the live photos, there aren’t as many as I would normally post for a normal show, and they probably aren’t as good as I would post from a show from the pit.  But I wanted the experience of being on stage and shooting the space bubble from a unique angle.  It probably sounded better than it executed but I was happy I did it.  And the whole day was an experience I will never forget.  The photos of me in the balloon were shot by someone else who was holding my camera.  All others by me.

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One Response to “Photos: Flaming Lips at Firefly Festival”

  1. […] I found out they were on the line-up at Firefly Music Festival I was excited.  If you read about my exploits with Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips, you know we jumped on a golf cart together to head over for a hot air balloon ride.  When we got […]

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