[Photo Credit: Kirsten Spruch]
This year's FYF Fest is quickly approaching (we don't mind) and will be taking place this weekend on August 27 and 28 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA. I've personally never been to FYF myself, but I've only heard incredible things from past FYF-ers, like that the lineup is always full of fresh, A-list artists and it's one of the most "chillest" festivals, whatever that means. But let's be honest, it's one of the last festivals of the season and it takes place in sunny Los Angeles -- what more could you want? The festival just released their schedule, so we decided to skim through it and pick out the acts you definitely can't miss while you're there. Check out the rest of the lineup HERE
Because of their surfy, guitar-driven sound, DIIV are pretty-f*cking-perfect for this festival. If you're into bands like Real Estate or Kurt Vile--chill, sun-soaked music--then listening to this band while being surrounded by palm trees will feel like a dream.
2. Vince Staples
After the release of Summertime '06,
Staples has been only going up. He's growing to be one of the best in his game and we can guarantee that after he releases another album, he'll be filling one of the headliner slots.
Kamaiyah might be slightly underrated, but she knows how to bring the party. If you're looking to get hyped and dance for an entire set, this woman's definitely got your best interest.
This choice is a no-brainer -- Grimes is known to put on one of the most intense, fun shows. Go to her show and see a lot of dancers, lights, and... Screaming. Yeah, you're going to see Claire Boucher scream a lot... But she puts on an imperfect, authentic show that'll take you into her own little weird, musical world.
5. Ty Segall & The Muggers
Ty Segall is definitely going to put on one of the trippiest
shows of the weekend. His songs are heavy with fuzzy, wired guitars and sometimes he wears a baby mask. So that's interesting.
6. Tame Impala
I saw Tame Impala do a late night set at Bonnaroo earlier this year and it was an emotional experience. You know how their new album sounds great? Well live, it's amplified even more. And on top of that, they were so happy to be there -- truly setting the right vibes for the fest-goers.
7. Hot Chip
Hot Chip are a really fun act to see live. I caught them at Governors Ball by accident one year and I was totally hooked--specifically by their live show. They always have a steady beat going, even if it's an emotional song. Once again, perfect for the people looking to dance.
8. Kendrick Lamar
After catching Kendrick at this year's Panorama, I can vouch that he brings an intense show. His raps mixed with his live band and political footage displayed in the background makes for a powerful show that you can't miss.
9. Explosions In The Sky
Explosions In The Sky's music alone is enough to want to see them live, but the fact that they got the midnight slot just means it's going to be *so* much more magical.
10. Julien Baker
If you're feeling a little emo in the late afternoon on Sunday (which you actually might be feeling a little hungover from Kendrick's set the night before), then Baker has got your back. She uses nothing but her guitar, a loop pedal, and her poetry-spitting voice to make you swoon.
11. Wild Nothing
Ethereal guitars with catchy hooks hidden underneath, seeing them live might make you feel a little emotional... That's okay. It's okay to cry...
12. Blood Orange
I caught Blood Orange, AKA Dev Hynes' solo project, at Panorama last month and I have to say, he was one of my favorite acts of the entire weekend. He was so much fun and didn't take himself too seriously. He had a crystal clear sound and aesthetic as he pranced around stage in a tight white tank top and played the keys. And now he's officially gotten his live performance together with dancers and choreography, which he'll be debuting this weekend.
13. Anohni: Presents Hopelessness
ANOHNI is Antony Hegarty's new moniker. With this new project, she's exploring her skills as a songwriter and growing to be better and more powerful than ever.
14. Father John Misty
Father John Misty puts on a great show when he's not refusing to play music
. When he's actually playing, every song feels like an explosive finale. When I caught him at this year's Gov Ball, I cringed as I watched the stage hands look like they were on the verge of tears. They'd have to replace his mic stand after every other song because he dramatically broke it and he'd rip out all of the cables on the stage. Shitty for the stage hands, but wonderful entertainment for us.
15. Mac Demarco
Mac Demarco was a surprise addition to the lineup way after it was announced and it was probably one of the best surprises we've gotten recently. Demarco's shows are always full of energy and who knows, he might crowd surf all over you...
16. Beach House
Although I've never seen Beach House live before, my brother has seen them about a dozen times and already bought tickets to two more of their shows. I think that's enough to prove that they're worth seeing live.
17. LCD Soundsystem
I happened to be at every festival that LCD Soundsystem were headlining this year and I feel like I must have seen them at least 10 times this summer, but I have to say, they blew my mind every time. It's amazing to watch them make it feel like someone's basement party, even if it's a huge festival crowd.