Christmas came early this year, except in more ways than one. And better. For starters, FYF Fest moved from August to July. Not only that, but the schedule dropped two weeks prior to the event, rather than the usual day-before. Click here to see those set times in all their glory.
Last year’s lineup cemented the festival’s status as a world-class event on par with the likes of Primavera Sound. This year’s edition is bigger than ever, with three nights loaded with our favorite artists in rock, hip hop and beyond. However, the downside of so many must-see sets happening across the weekend is that they conflict with each other.
Luckily, the set times have been orchestrated incredibly well so that there are minimal conflicts and maximum opportunities to see your favorite bands. Here’s some of the (semi) tough choices you might have to make.
Friday: Anderson .Paak (10:10 p.m.) vs. Slowdive (10:20 p.m.)
Ace dream pop versus hip hop? Slowdive’s 2014 sunset performance on the Lawn Stage was pure sonic bliss, so it’s hard to imagine missing them again. Making matters trickier, they dropped a new, self-titled album this year, which is as gorgeous as any of their pre-breakup ’90s heyday. Anderson .Paak’s Malibu, however, has been soundtracking our lives for a year and a half now and its grand, genre-hopping scope still stuns.
Our pick: Anderson .Paak followed by Missy Elliott and Flying Lotus is going to be one hell of a party.
Saturday: Mitski (5:10 p.m.) vs. Thundercat (5:30 p.m.)
With Mitski and Thundercat, we have another case of two artists at the top of their respective games. Both recently wowed at Coachella and are touring off albums that are among their respective years’ best.
Our pick: Coin toss says Mitski.
Sunday: Little Dragon (6:25 p.m.) vs. Mac DeMarco (6:20 p.m.)
Who am I kidding? If you’re reading MAT MAG, you’ll probably be at Mac. We recommend catching some of the ultimate slacker’s set because it’s a tradition at this point. Book it to Little Dragon after a few songs and a good spot up front for Solange on the same stage, or watch Iggy run around like a madman without his shirt on at 7:20 p.m.
Sunday: Everybody vs. Everybody
Sunday is seriously drowning in musical riches. Catch local rock sensation Cherry Glazerr or Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin at the start of the day? Chicano Batman or Andy Shauf? How much of Ty Segall can one catch before that Little Dragon/Mac DeMarco conflict?
The evening offers two must-see acts back to back at opposite ends of Exposition Park, however. Over at the Lawn and Main area, Iggy Pop will school everyone before Solange dazzles the crowd. In the intimate confines of The Club, however, Moses Sumney will unleash his inimitable soulful style before Blonde Redhead gives a once-in-a-lifetime performance of their 2000 album “Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons.” Decisions, decisions.
Our pick: Splitting sets is a drag, especially when it can take 20 minutes to get from one stage to another. In this case, however, it’s a must. Iggy Pop is a legend and is reportedly considering retiring in the near future, so it would be foolish to miss him. Grab a ticket to Moses Sumney’s Oct. 25 show at the Fonda Theatre, then catch the first 40 minutes of Iggy Pop before hauling ass to The Club for Blonde Redhead. Luckily, the best half of “Melody” is the first one, so you can leave in time for the last half hour of Solange.
For the best results though, we recommend grabbing a VIP ticket if you haven’t already. VIP pass holders will have dedicated lanes at the Main Entrance for expedited festival entry, a separate VIP Main Stage viewing area, and a dedicated VIP area on the South Lawn that will feature a complimentary coat check, seated wait service for both food and drinks, premium food vendors, craft beer, premium cocktails, wine, oysters, premium restrooms, as well as plenty of shade and areas to relax.
Additionally, the FYF app allows you to explore the lineup, merch and vendor booths, find your friends at the festival, and check out the map of the fest.
So there you have it! Good luck, have fun and stay cool with our picks, the new app, and hopefully a VIP experience!
Words and photos by Frank Mojica