FYF Fest pictures, finally, from Labor Day weekend.
FYF Fest took place at the historic Los Angeles park right outside Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, and it took place from just noon to midnight on Saturday.
Hundreds of hipsters gathered to sweat it out and stand in insanely long food truck lines and do weird hipstery dances to thirty seven different bands, including Best Coast, Wavves, AA Bondy, Panda Bear (of Animal Collective), Warpaint, Dead Mans Bones, !!!, Abe Vigoda, School of Seven Bells, Man Man, The Blow, Mountain Goats, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, the Growlers and Local Natives.
Bandwise, I absolutely loved The Growlers, Best Coast, Man Man, !!!, AA Bondy, Local natives and Dead Mans Bones. And I absolutely hated Panda Bear. Playing screeching noise with an epileptic slideshow is not music. Also, Big Freedia’s “Azz Everywhere” was… interesting, to say the least.
The Festival lacked any sort of coherent organization, which was a major bummer. Long lines for every single thing really hurt the fest, as did a lack of, well, everything. More Food Trucks would have cut down all of the lines by an incredible amount. Also, the rules for the Festival clearly stated no backpacks, blankets, towels, or large bags would be allowed in.
And I’m sorry to harp, but I lost count of backpacks at 237. It’s a small thing to complain about, but had I been able to bring a bag in, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, I would have been able to have, say, sunscreen. Or a book. Or whatever. As is, I followed directions and was penalized.
BUT… all of that aside, it was a fun time. It was easy to see the bands and relatively easy to get to all of the stages throughout the day. If they worked on the food and line situation, then it could be a pretty great festival.