Samantha Evans, our Editor in Chief, gives you the low-down on L.A.’s eclectic FYF Festival, described as the “Disneyland for Hipsters”.
In the dark days of revision, around 1am on a Saturday night in the library- two girls from LA decided to buy tickets to FYF Fest. Four months later on a sunny August weekend, they attended. In their hippest LA attire, although they found out what that really was at the festival, they danced until 2am in parking lots.
The line-up for this years FYF Fest, and yes it does stand for ‘Fuck Yeah Festival Fest’, was eclectic. FYF Fest had a show for everyone. On Saturday, we danced to Horse Meat Disco in ‘The Forest’ under unicorn tails. We sat in the grass and listened to Mikal Cronin, watched mosh pits during Joyce Manor, and swayed along to Alvvays. And, when Run the Jewels took the stage, along with their special guests (Travis Barker on the drums from Blink 812, Zack de la Rosa from Rise Against the Machine, and Gangsta Boo, a female solo rapper originally from Three 6 Mafia) the crowd was raging. They were the perfect pump up for Kanye West, who sang all of the favourites– even ‘Stronger’ and ‘4 5 Seconds’. Rihanna was in the crowd.
Sunday, we arrived early and sat in the grass. We listened to the awkwardness of Girlpool, and the beauty of Laura Marling. We checked out Mac Demarco, whose funny guy personality made the concert a party. He sang love songs from his new album Another One. Afterwards, we ran over to Flume for electro dance tunes. The visuals were fantastic, and Lorde even came onstage to dance to ‘Tennis Court’. Belle & Sebastian represented Scotland with a lively performance. They had fourteen volunteers from the audience dancing with them onstage, and it truly was a good ole’ time. We waited up front for Morrissey – who was phenomenal. The audience was packed and rowdy, with two audience members successfully making it on stage, security dragging them off. We ended our music adventures eating Frankies from India Jones watching FKA Twigs.
When we got hungry, we were surprised by the gourmet food. There was a diverse selection, from White Guy’s Pad Thai, Yakisoba Noodles, Southern Fried Vegan Food, Tacos, Poke Bowls, Bring Bring Dumplings, and even vegan Clara’s Cakes. Once again, there was something for everyone. It was a foodie heaven.
As it was my first music festival, I was surprised by how relaxing it was. The vibes of FYF Fest were friendly. Calm during the day, a dance party at night with a twist of punk, and crazy EDM-experimental in the early hours of the morning. The fashion was wild. Turns out, blue hair is definitely in, as well as wearing underwear underneath a sheer dress.
LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park in Downtown LA was a great location. The different stages were not too far apart and there were so many bathrooms. It represented the LA music scene perfectly.
Overall, we had an amazing time. From logistics to music to food, FYF Fest satisfied it all. As we wandered around the festival taking in the people (it was a fantastic place to people-watch), we thought back to that dismal day in May and laughed. When we purchased the tickets, we never imagined what it would be like. Now we knew, and it was everything we had hoped for – and more.