Show of the Week: FYF Fest

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Don't miss the mesmerizing DJ stylings of Flying Lotus at this year's fest.

Don't miss the mesmerizing DJ stylings of Flying Lotus at this year's fest.

If one more person asks me if I’m going to FYF this weekend, I am going to scream. … That being said, it’s totally the show of the week this week, as I’m sure you probably already imagined. The annual two day Fuck Yeah Festival has been picking up a little bit more steam each year as Los Angeles’ homegrown indie showcase, and the general consensus this time around is that the lineup is just tops.

Seriously though, it is. On the side of headliners you’ve got the Strokes, Phoenix and Interpol. Three huge bands; three really classy choices. Also in the headliner category you have a reunion show of the Blood Brothers, and of course Los Angeles’ favorite sister team, HAIM.

Looking down the lineup, you’ve got a lot of acts that just really stand out: Grimes, Flylo, Little Dragon, Jamie XX, Blood Orange, XXYYXX, the freaking Presidents of the United States of America.

As far as recommendations go, don’t miss Flying Lotus. The guy is a talented DJ and a mesmerizing performer. He has new material coming out, too, so his set is going to be particularly interesting to watch. See the Blood Brothers even if you aren’t in to them. The fact that they’re playing a show together is in itself unique. See Earl Sweatshirt if you want to see some rap. See Four Tet if you want to see something trippy.

What’s interesting about this year’s FYF Fest is that you can tell that this event has hit its tipping point. From now on it will always be sold out. The headlining acts will continue to get bigger, and god willing, they won’t become insultingly mainstream. The rules will get stricter, ticket prices more expensive.

FYF has always been the ‘in my backyard’ late summer jaunt for L.A. county residents that really know a thing or two about music. But something tells me that won’t be the case this year. I think a lot of people are going to go just because it’s a scene, because it’s the thing to do this weekend. They’ll spend a lot of money, and the event will get even bigger next year. Which I guess is both a good thing and a bad thing at the same time.

What: FYF Fest

Where: LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, 3939 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles 90037

When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: Sold Out!

Patrick Meissner is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.
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