Nestled neatly in Exposition Park, a few blocks away from the edges of Downtown Los Angeles, FYF Fest is LA’s first premier festival situated actually inside of the city of Los Angeles. As most festivals do, the FYF Fest has a lineup to appease all types of music lovers. Here at Sidewalk Hustle, we’ve put together a playlist of tracks from some of the FYF Fest acts for you to get an idea of the vibes getting served up in LA on August 27th and 28th.
Hands down one of the most talked about producers of the year, Floating Points is drifting into the City of Angels to drop a DJ set. With all eyes on LA as the dance capital of the world right now, the UK producer is guaranteed to rinse some sick tunes. All of his DJ sets are live mixes armed with a full set of decks and a host of vinyls. Check out his Essential Mix he did for BBC Radio 1 for a taste of his eclectic selection of records.
Synthpop legends Hot Chip are hitting up FYF Fest with the entire band in tow. With a massive back catalogue of dance tunes spanning over a decade, Hot Chip’s set is sure to keep your ass moving. Plus, they’ve a killer light show set up for their past festival performances – here’s to hoping their set hits after sundown on Saturday.
It’s so great to have LCD Soundsystem back. James Murphy and all thirty sets of drum kits are headlining up on the FYF stage. LCD draw a big crowd at all festivals with their sets, so stick a few extra bottles of water in your backpack and get ready to meld with every other festival goer on the field.
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As a member of the 1017 Brick Squad, Young Thug has catapulted to the forefront of hip hop steadily over the past couple years. With 1017 Brick Squad founder Gucci Mane out of prison and literally showing up on tracks left and right within the hour of his release… who knows what may happen on stage with Thugger at FYF?
Kendrick Lamar It wouldn’t be a party in the heart of LA without a headlining appearance from Compton’s very own Kendrick Lamar. He’s one of our favorite live acts here at Sidewalk Hustle, and it’ll be a sight to see Lamar spitting fire in his own backyard.
With the success of her Art Angels album and landing a Stella McCartney perfume campaign, our Canadian saviour of pop Grimes is obviously having the best year ever. If you’ve never experienced Grimes live, it’s absolutely insane to see how she translates her complex studio recordings into a live set. You won’t want to miss her at FYF.
With the release of her politically charged debut album, Antony and the Johnsons singer ANOHNI is bringing a live production of HOPELESSNESS to LA. The album is brutally honest, but the production is simply ethereal pop music. She’s made her way around the 2016 summer festival circuit, and all accounts have proven ANOHNI’s presentation of HOPELESSNESS as a work a art.
If you’ve ever wondered how a live act can just pierce through your soul by their mere existence, Grace Jones is That Act. You may have heard more about her eccentric stage costumes more than her music – but don’t let that deter you from stopping by her stage. Grace Jones is an entity, a vision, a legend. As art pop royalty (she performed for the Queen’s Jubilee hula hooping throughout her entire performance), Grace is an essential live performance experience.
A late addition to the lineup, our BC buddy Mac Demarco and his band are hitting the stage on Sunday. With his laid back attitude and wonky guitars, hitting up his set to relax with a freshly popped can of beer is a perfect way to set your last day at FYF right.
Headlining Saturday night, Australian psychedelic rocker Kevin Parker and his band Tame Impala are bringing down the festivities with an explosive live set. With the wild success of his 2015 album Currents and a crossover hit cover of “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” by Rihanna, this set is going to draw a wide variety of music lovers. But what we’re really thinking: could we potentially see an onstage collab with Kendrick Lamar?
We never miss an opportunity to see Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange live. When he was the space of a festival stage, he’s especially good. His third album Freetown Sound is particularly timely if you haven’t been living under a rock for two years.
Follow and listen to our FYF Spotify playlist above to get ready for the fest. Grab your tickets here.
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