Yeah, that's right, we want to convince you to take the trip down to big, scary Los Angeles. You can do it! I mean, have you seen the lineup?! (If you wanna cheat, you can just scroll to the bottom of this post and look at it.)
We're smack in the sweet spot of California's summer festival season and the next big one up is L.A.'s badass FYF Fest next weekend. I've been going for the last few years and have been treated to killer acts in the past like Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Blood Orange, Darkside, Four Tet, Flying Lotus, My Bloody Valentine… interest piqued now, yea?
The venue moved last year from State Historic Park to the L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park and it's all kinds of cool. With that, here's nine reasons why you should consider getting the heck out of town for a weekend (if having something cool to put on your SnapChat isn't reason enough).
1. Frank Ocean + Potential New Music
As if seeing Frank Ocean live wasn't enough, you can pretty much bank on him playing a slew of new songs off of this mysterious upcoming album that everyone can't stop talking about. FYF has a penchant for booking artists on the cusp of a big release. At last year's fest, it was pretty widely understood that Flying Lotus was going to premiere something and it turned out to be the track “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar and I don't know about you, but that was my #1 song of 2014. Here's hoping Frank drops that silky single we've been waiting for and then plays “Crack Rock,” “Pyramids,” and “Lost” in order. Swoon.
2. Electronic Sets in The Sports Arena
Last year's day one capacity gaffe limited entry into the Sports Arena, but once the festival corrected it for Sunday, it was just about the best damn place to see big-time DJ sets. For context, the Sports Arena is where the Clippers used to play before Staples Center, so it's a massive basketball arena. The hardwood is stripped now and it's like a big fucking rave in there (translation: it rules) Look for sets from the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Jon Hopkins, Nicolas Jaar (Darkside played here last year and it killed) and Kaytranada(!!!).
3. Canter's Deli
L.A.'s best Jewish Deli will be hucking pastrami sandos at FYF this year. Here's hoping they've got their matzo ball soup available too, but won't be holding out hope for the $3 Coors Banquet Beers they serve at the resto, 'cause after all — it's a festival.
4. D'Angelo & The Vanguard
Here it is… yet another chance to see the phoenix risen from the ashes. If you've missed D'Angelo at Fox Theater in Oakland or at Outside Lands, you can motor down south for a taste of greatness. Everyone pretty much unanimously agrees that D'Angelo is back and is as great as ever. Do yourself a favor and see him before the tour stops come to an end.
5. A Significant Improvement
The knock on last year's setup was that it took forever to get from one end of the fest to the other. This year FYF made the simplest tweak to fix that problem. Behold (it's the little things in life that make me happy):
6. Fuckin Morissey Man…[read in stoner voice]
It's fuckin' Morissey! Rest assured the legendary frontman of The Smiths, who's known for cancelling his performances, WILL be at FYF, closing out the whole damn thang on Sunday night. The hair pomade game will almost certainly be strong in the crowd when the adamantly vegan singer takes the stage.
7. Donut Friend
Just gonna reel off some of these Donut Friend recipes:
– LEMON WEAPON: Lemon cream, blueberry jam, and fresh mint inside Donut Friend's traditional donut, topped with a tart lemon glaze.
– SRIRACHOSIN: While you’re translating the name, we’re stuffing peanut butter, strawberry jam, coconut bacon, and a bit of sriracha sauce inside Donut Friend's traditional donut!
– NUTELLAVISION: A chocolate hazelnut spread and a dash of olive oil inside Donut Friend's traditional donut, topped with vanilla glaze and a pinch of sea salt.
8. FKA Twigs' New Material
Were you on the internet yesterday? If the answer yes, chances are you saw/heard the new FKA Twigs M3LL155X EP. Not gonna lie, her 2014 show at The Warfield was my favorite of the year. I'll just leave the entire new EP below for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome:
And if the last nine reasons weren't enough, the understated charm of FYF is the bevy of indie rock acts that'll be there: Belle & Sebastian, Toro y Moi, Thee Oh Sees (!!!), Alvvays, Mac DeMarco, Spiritualized… I could keep going. And oh yeah, for the indie hip-hop lover in the family, Run The muthafuckin Jewels. I'll stop there. See you in LA!
FYF Fest is Saturday Aug. 22nd and Sunday Aug. 23rd. Get your tickets here.