I seem to make a lot of spontaneous decisions in life… this may either come back to haunt me or make for some very interesting stories, but so far it has seemed to work out in my favor. I really had no intention of going to the FYF music festival in Los Angeles until an hour before I somehow ended up at that very location with a group of good friends.
Fairly unfamilar with the festival itself I went in without expectations and only festivals like Coachella, Outside Lands, and Pitchfork to compare it to. Located in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, FYF was quite a bit smaller, which doesn’t mean it was less entertaining.
Without a plan of actually going to the FYF, I barely even knew which acts were playing. I more or less just wondered around with my friends to whatever bands they had wanted to see and enjoyed the people watching along the way. A few of my highlights included Future Islands, James Blake, and M83. The lead singer from Future Islands, Sam Herring, had one of the most captivating stage presences I have seen and for some reason couldn’t make me stop thinking of Morrissey. James Blake just has such a unique approach to music that is a treat to listen to and especially to see live. And well M83 simply made the crowd want to dance.
Definitely a good way to spend my Saturday afternoon which I had previously planned just relaxing before the rest of my Labor Day weekend craziness ensued. If you happen to be around Los Angeles for next year’s FYF festival I recommend going to check it out. Witout as much hype as say Coachella, it makes for less of a crowd to deal with, and (somewhat) more of an intimate music experience.