LA’s ubiquitous Fuck Yeah Fest Fest aka FYF Fest returned to Exposition Park near USC for two jam packed days of music and merriment. Last year’s location was widely panned for its marathon distances between stages and, while the map wasn’t perfect, a shortcut path between the two main stages shaved a few precious minutes off the travel time.
Furthermore, lines across the board were dramatically decreased. From getting into the actual festival, attaining beer / food / water and even entering the Arena stage (which proved a nightmare last year) everything was a breeze. Whether this had to do with a decrease in attendance this year or actual, tangible planning changes is yet to be determined.
What the lineup lost in punk and reunion acts, it gained in mainstream stays, including the last minute addition of Kanye West after Frank Ocean backed out last minute. And he wasn’t the only lineup change, with Ben UFO and Joy Orbison being replaced by Flying Lotus and Bonobo.
The rest of the bill was extremely eclectic, with plenty of flavor of the week KCRW favorites like Unknown Mortal Orchestra keeping things fresh. FYF mainstays like Mac Demarco and Title Fight returned, though we’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’d complain about seeing the Pepperoni Playboy himself two years in a row. With no less than 5 stages all going on simultaneously, it was virtually impossible to experience the same lineup as anyone else and conflicts were a very real thing for many.
With the exception of Kanye West, the stages never got claustrophobic and some appeared downright empty throughout the day. Coming from something like Coachella, this alone was enormously refreshing and enabled friends to leave and return without the fear of losing the pack.
Look, we all know by now that you can’t make everyone happy at a festival. Sore feet, weak lineups, long lines, expensive beer; we’ve heard it all. FYF 2015 wasn’t perfect, and no festival ever will be, but I’ll be damned if this wasn’t one of the most well rounded festivals we’ve experienced in the City of Angels. Thanks guys that was a fun one.