Though its upstart, anti-establishment edge from its days as "Fuck Yeah Fest" is gone, FYF has come into its own as more than just an also-ran musical festival. A few location changes and growing pains later, the Downtown-adjacent festival has attracted a commuter crowd that seems to grow in number and shrink in age each year. FYF has still managed to keep room for local buzz bands while reeling in Coachella-caliber headliners—chalk that up to sharing a promoter—without charting a course for the desert. This year's lineup includes Missy Elliott, Björk, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Iggy Pop, Solange, Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Anderson.Paak, MGMT, Nicolar Jaar and Slowdive.
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|Venue name:||Exposition Park||Contact:|
700 Exposition Park Dr
|Opening hours:||Rose Garden open 9am-sunset, closed Jan 1-Mar 15|
|Price:||Three-day pass $299, single day ticket $125, VIP $549|
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FYF is the local festival for LA, growing from a scrappy DIY punk fest held at the Echoplex into a massive celebration of all things pop music. The booking is consistently fantastic - recent headliners have included the likes of Slowdive, D'Angelo, My Bloody Valentine, Run the Jewels and Spiritualized - and the event's logistics only become better each year.
For a hot minute (let's say between 2013 - 2015) FYF was the best local music fest Los Angeles had to offer. Now though, the lineups are getting more and more repetitive — of both themselves and former Coachellas — and the awful layout of Exposition Park makes the festival experience a drag. This is a fest I want to believe in and that I want to be great again, but I'm worried that may never happen.