Music fans of all ages gathered this past weekend at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to take part in the now ten year old FYF Fest. My Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the headliners on each night at the main “Carrie” stage, yes the stages were named after the “Sex and the City” characters.
The first day had me arriving late (oops) to catch the last half of Toro y Moi‘s highly danceable set. Devendra Banhart kept it positive and mellow performing to a an adoring audience while Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox kept it weird as usual performing in a dress and wig. TV On The Radio rolled through the hits and had me screaming along to, “Staring at the Sun“. When Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage to end the first day, you knew right away why they were headlining. Karen O is hands down one of the most enigmatic singers performing today and with Nick Zinner’s burning guitar work, they had the crowd going insane when they played songs like, “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll“.
The second day had me dancing like crazy to Australia’s Flume who I featured here earlier this year. Fingers crossed he eventually tours with some of the amazing singers featured on his debut LP. With great songs and some seriously long hair, Kurt Vile & The Violators played a nice early evening set as did Glasser who I had to cut short to catch Yo La Tango. Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand mesmerized the huge crowd with her incredible voice, definitely one of the more beautiful sets of the day.
I had to take a load off during MGMT‘s set, but they turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to my lounging. I even dreamed that Henry Winkler joined them on stage… Oh wait, that actually happened. One of the performers I was most excited to see was Solange who definitely won my vote for best performance at FYF Fest with her cover of Dirty Projectors‘ “Stillness is the Move“, well that and the fact that she’s just a breath of fresh air and has the coolest dance moves.
And then there was MBV. Yes, My Bloody Valentine were loud… VERY LOUD! So loud in fact that they had a few problems maintaining their face shredding volume, all that aside they simply destroyed what was left of the crowd after an extremely hot and sweaty second day of the festival. If you didn’t heed the warning before their set to protect your ears and grab a free pair of earplugs, you were in for some serious brain crunching volume.
FYF Fest made good on their promise to make it one of the best weekends of the Summer. What started out as a little mini alt/punk festival in Echo Park has now turned into a major player. With amazing artists, great food options, easy public transportation and a great price ($99 for a regular weekend pass), it’s no doubt that they will have continued success. I know I’m already looking forward to next year’s show.