Recap: FYF Fest 2013
FYF's annual festival happened this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, at the L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the festival, and man, did they book a great lineup to celebrate their double digits. Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Thee Oh Sees, Solange, Mac Demarco, and so many more performed amongst the large amounts of beer and dust at the festival, which last year grew from one day to two. Read my recap below of who played my favorite sets, and how I saw Mac Demarco chilling on top of a bunch of hay bales at one point on Sunday. You never know what you'll see at a music festival, right? —Maddie
My first set on Saturday was brought to me by Mikal Cronin. I've been wanting to see him ever since he released his second album a few months ago. He played songs new and old. I was so happy to finally hear "Apathy," and "Weight" live!
FYF is a festival you get down and dirty at; no shoe was left untouched by dirt and dust. Tons of people came prepared with their bandanas at the ready.
Next was Ty Segall performing at Charlotte's Stage around 5PM, and he had lots of kids waiting to see him. He played his new record, Sleeper, basically in its entirety, with what he called his Sleeper band. Ty finished out the set with some of his more well-known songs, like "Girlfriend" and "You're the Doctor."
Toro y Moi brought the disco vibes to the early evening with a super fun set. Let's be honest, I'm always down to get groovy at a music festival.
I headed into Samantha's Tent, where most of the more electronic bands played, to see a bit of Classixx, the L.A. based DJ duo.
After a quick bite to eat, I ran to the Carrie Stage to see Deerhunter perform right at sundown. They were one of the main bands I was looking forward to seeing at FYF. Every year I hope they play and finally they did! Bradford Cox wore a dress and black wig, because he is the most interesting person ever. They even played my favorite tune of theirs, "Nothing Ever Happened."
My second to last set of Saturday night was Thee Oh Sees, who provided maximum fun with their always excellent and energetic live show.
Saturday night was closed out by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which I was most excited for. Karen O is such a legend, and pranced all about the stage first wearing her multi-colored shiny cape, then revealed her perfect silver shorts-suit. The band performed their regular set, but I was mostly happy to hear "Phenomena," a song that is forever stuck in my head, with good reason! They even released Y-shaped confetti into the crowd at one point.
Sunday started with Chicago kiddos, The Orwells, featuring a pants-less Mario, the band's lead singer. Also, there was lots and lots of crowd surfing of course.
I did catch some new bands at FYF this year, one of them being Guards. I enjoyed their loud yet still chill jam at the end of their set.
After Guards I saw Kurt Vile, whose sweet guitar melodies are always so lovely to hear. He played some of my faves, like "Jesus Fever" and "KV Crimes."
I told you I saw Mac Demarco smoking on top of a bunch of hay...
Then I stopped by Charlotte's Stage to see No Age, mainly to hear my favorite song of theirs, "Teen Creeps." Apparently they've played FYF more than any other band!
Sunset is my favorite time to see bands perform at festivals, especially bands like Beach House, whose music is paired perfectly with the fading sunlight. Here's a photo I snapped of lead singer Victoria Legrand with the band's magical backdrop.
My favorite set of the weekend was by MGMT, who I have been waiting to see for two years! I admit that I had a total MGMT fangirl stage at one point, so this was very exciting. They even brought out Henry Winkler, who you may know from Arrested Development, to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie."
Finishing off FYF this year was My Bloody Valentine, who haven't played in LA in nearly a decade, so this was a big one! They weren't allowing any fancy photography, though, so here's a quick photo I snapped with my phone. It was so cool to hear an original shoegaze band in person.
FYF was quite the success this year, since the lineup was so stacked this time around. With all of this great feedback, I wonder who they'll get next year!