36 Chill Moments From FYF Fest 2015Article by: Adrian Spinelli|@AGSpinelli
Tue August 25, 2015 | 00:00 AM
For the second year in a row, Los Angeles's FYF Fest took place at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park. In departing from the grassy (and dusty) thoroughfares of its previous venue, State Historic Park, FYF now better represents the fantastic concrete jungle from which it was born.
With the confines of the Sports Arena serving as a lavish (and sometimes logistically questionable) venue for the festival's electronic acts like Kaytranada, Nicolas Jaar and Flying Lotus, and the walkways and open spaces of Expo Park creating a diverse playground for the festival's other four stages, FYF succeeded in its ability to create unique experiences among it all.
Twelve years in, the fest has gravitated away from its historically punk roots and pushed towards bigger indie acts – but organizers still managed to please their supporters with acts like The Jesus & Mary Chain, Death Grips, Savages, and Joyce Manor. A last minute cancellation by headliner Frank Ocean saw Kanye West fill in admirably on two days' notice and become the Saturday highlight. Morrissey nestled among a rabid crop of fans as Sunday's headliner on the Main Stage, many of which represent L.A.'s rich Latino heritage.
But the star of the affair for us was D'Angelo's Sunday set on the fantastic Lawn Stage. Standout performances from FKA Twigs, Flume, and Run The Jewels rounded out a weekend of L.A. sunshine, as well as a much-improved food selection and unpredictable pockets of fun. Though FYF's identity continues to evolve, it's still very much its own beast. Here's how we saw it: