The second and final day of FYF Fest was drenched in another perfect sunny afternoon in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. The lineup was even more stacked and choosing who to see was a challenge.
Our first stop of the day was at the Main stage for Dev Hynes’ music project, Blood Orange. The band stepped onto the stage as Atlanta beat poet Ashlee Haze’s poem “For Colored Girls” rolled through the speakers. The crowd roared into cheers as the band kicked off the set with “Augustine.” The Energy was high throughout the set and experienced major spikes when Carly Rae Jepsen and Sky Ferreira each made impromptu appearances to perform onstage. J.Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, strolled onto the Mainstage swaddled in Saint Laurent and broke into a rousing performance of tracks from his new album I Love You, Honeybear.
We trekked it over to the Woods stage to catch Northern Irish DJs Bicep to hear them pack some major heat for their set. Huddled at the DJ booth rinsing some deep house cuts, the crowd spilled outside of the designated dance floor and onto to the sidewalks. The Main stage lit up for pop legend Grace Jones. Hands down the most inspiring live act to hit the stage all weekend, Grace Jones stepped onto the stage in all of her avant-garde glory covered in white body paint and a Philip Treacy golden spiked skull headdress. The pop legend talked to the audience during her various costume changes as she threw on billowing capes and switched between her endless collection of iconic headpieces.
Before Young Thug stepped onto the Lawn stage, the eager crowd broke out into chants of “Jeffery, Jeffery, Jeffery.” Jeffery producer TM88 stepped on stage to get the crowd hype for Thugger with a few jams. As soon as Jeffery himself bounced onto the stage, the crowd went off. We swung over to the Main stage once again in time to see LCD Soundsystem get straight into the groove, opening their set with “Us v Them.” Lead singer James Murphy joked about being the afterthought closing act of the festival following previous Main stage headliner Grace Jones. Nevertheless, thousands of festival-goers flocked to the Mainstage for their set and danced the rest of the night away to LCD Soundsystem’s meditative disco-y tunes.
The last performance of the night was Rae Sremmurd. We had to hightail it over to the Tree stage located on the complete opposite side of the Main stage to make sure we didn’t miss a second of the SremmLife experience. With hopes of savoring the best for last, the Sremm bros lived up to and surpassed all expectations. Stepping on stage draped in Gucci to breeze through their stacked catalogue of hits, Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee turned up and shut down FYF Fest.
Check out photos of day 2 below. If you missed day 1, see it here.
Photography by Christina Ventura.
LCD Soundsystem Grace Jones
Father John Misty
Blood Orange BICEP