The issue a lot of music festivals run into as they continue to grow is finding that middle ground between making money and avoiding the pitfall of getting too greedy too fast and alienating the supporters who attend those festivals in the first place. FYF Fest (F*ck Yeah Fest) is smack dab in the middle of that identity crisis as of 2016.
After moving to a two-day festival permanently in 2012 following a few years of bouncing between two days and a single day, FYF has grown considerably. What it still does is mix comedy, electronic, rock, indie, rap, hip hop, experimental artists, and more into a still manageable but worthwhile experience that balances under-the-radar acts with compelling headliners.
This year’s lineup is no different. Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Grace Jones, Tame Impala, Air, Beach House, Father John Misty, Grimes, and Hot Chip are some of the bigger names to grace the stages at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Chances are if you’re attending both days, you already have a few of those artists circled on your schedule.
We’re not here to advocate seeing them (it’s a big of a redundant endeavor). Have fun, be safe, and the like. Instead we’re hoping to spotlight a few of the other acts that make FYF unique among some of the other summer festivals, whether you’re in it for the long haul or are planning on just catching a few hours over the course of the weekend.
Fans of everyone from Built to Spill to Pinback should be intrigued by songwriter Alex Giannascoli, who makes songs that sound like they’re out of the mid-to-late 1990s — even though he was born in 1993. Alex G made a name for himself on Bandcamp, giving hope to all artists everywhere who pass their Bandcamp links around to friends who have taken to asking “wait, you’re in a band?”
With his varied melodies and finely crafted lyrics, Alex G earned himself a contract on Domino Records — which boasts all sorts of artists who could conceivably be considered influence for Alex G’s brand of folk rock — in 2015. His Beach Music LP features what got him noticed on earlier recordings, with a little bit more punched up production.
Alex G’s the perfect Yin to much of a music festival’s Yang, and it’ll be easy to get lost in his set before bringing the energy way up over the course of the rest of the day.