From it’s humble beginnings as a celebration of punk and hardcore at venues scattered throughout Los Angeles, FYF Fest (originally known as F*ck Yeah Fest) has grown into the city’s most beloved festival, a favorite for locals and a trip-worthy weekend for music fans from around the world. This year’s lineup was, for lack of a less-cliché term, EPIC. The bill included icons from Missy Elliott and Bjork to A Tribe Called Quest and Nine Inch Nails, as well as the year’s top artists like Frank Ocean, Solange, Perfume Genius, Thundercat and more.
10 Things That Made Us Say F*CK YEAH at FYF Fest:
10. Mac DeMarco’s cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “Downtown.” He may not have known all the lyrics, but the feeling was definitely there.
9. Flying Lotus debuted a new 3-D experience at his show and it was next level. The glasses made it look like he was performing in an infinite abyss of stars, and objects appeared as you swam through Fly Lo’s universe. It was trippy and amazing and something only he could think up.
8. All of the LOVE on display. Between the music, summer sun, and all around amazing vibes, there was clearly something in the air. Holding hands, kissing, dancing at sunset. Love was all around, and it was beautiful.
7. Female rappers to the front. Of course there was Missy and Erykah, but the up-and-coming talent proved they’re ones to watch—if you aren’t already. From NoName and Kamaiyah to Princess Nokia, these artists are holding it down for ladies in hip hop.
6. An iconic set from A Tribe Called Quest. The group have had to re-imagine their set without founding member Phife Dawg, but they paid tribute and put on an amazing show. It had so much energy, as they spit hits from “Juanita Applebaum” to “Buggin’ Out,” the latter of which saw a guest appearance from Raphael Saadiq. Phife would be proud of how they’re carrying the legacy.
5. Nine Inch Nails’ tribute to David Bowie. The band played a cover of “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” from the late artist’s final album Blackstar. We’re always here for a Bowie tribute, and it was a fitting way to close the festival—honoring a man who paved the way for so many of our brightest, boundary-pushing artists.
4. The return of Missy Misdemeanor Elliott. As she ran through hit after hit after hit, we were reminded the true meaning of the word icon. And you know she worked it.
3. Seeing Bjork is truly an experience. From her acrobatic vocals, to the live symphony accompaniment, and the mind-bending Planet Earth visuals, every sense is entertained and enlightened.
2. Solange—where do we even begin. From the gorgeous red-hued color palette, to her supremely talented band, and those insane moves. As Solange danced her heart out during the final number, with the entire brass band behind her, she felt truly FREE. That feeling washed over the crowd, and it still has us buzzing.
1. Frank Ocean’s insanely moving performance and live videos filmed by OC favorite, Spike Jonze. We’ve been waiting years for Frank’s return to the stage, and he did not disappoint. It was soul-stirring, and our hearts will never the be same. The collaboration, which included a cameo by the one and only Brad Pitt, was one for the books.