FYF Fest returns this weekend for its twelfth iteration. What began as a one-day affair at the intimate venue the Echo has since grown into a musical extravaganza which has hosted such acts as the Strokes, Haim, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Bloody Valentine. This year's festival boasts an impressive array of artists, including Morrissey, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and D'Angelo and the Vanguard. (Sadly, for those looking to see Frank Ocean this weekend, he canceled his appearance on Thursday afternoon, so you're going to have to keep waiting for a peek at music from his highly-anticipated upcoming album.)
Ahead of this weekend's show, the Frame talked with FYF Fest founder Sean Carlson about the challenges of creating and maintaining your own music festival. Carlson says he only books the bands he likes, thinking of the show as a personal mixtape for music fans.
When is FYF Fest?
It runs this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the first acts start to hit their five stages at 2:30 p.m. each day, continuing on into the wee hours past midnight. See a full schedule and build your own schedule here.
Where is FYF Fest, how do I get there and where do I park?
The festival is at the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park. You can take the Metro Expo Line and get off at the Expo/Vermont station, then follow signs to get to the venue. You can also ride your bike — they're set to have secured bike parking — or drive and follow signs to park there. More details on getting to the venue are at this link.
Who should I go see?
We're talking with multiple acts playing FYF Fest 2015 — check out those interviews below and see which artists appeal to you.
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Our interview with Jim Reid, the lead singer of the band, airs Friday afternoon. This band has been around for more than 30 years, and they're currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark album "Psychocandy," playing music from the album throughout their tour. (Our interview airs Friday at 3:30 p.m.)
The L.A.-based noise rock band HEALTH has been on a steady ascent over the last few years, from opening for Nine Inch Nails to scoring the hit video game "Max Payne 3." But they're not shy about admitting that the rock and roll lifestyle doesn't last forever — as bassist John Famiglietti notes, "The last half of a rock documentary is really depressing. It's always about the fall." Hear or read more of our chat with HEALTH here.
Lower Dens + The Drums
Jana Hunter of the Baltimore indie pop group Lower Dens and the Brooklyn indie pop band The Drums play very different music, but they share a common reality of indie bands today — soul-crushing amounts of touring. We talked with them on the Frame on Thursday about what they do to stay sane on the road.
There are other bands from this year's FYF lineup that we've talked with in the past, including Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, Laura Marling and Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi.
Run the Jewels
When we talked with Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, the group had just performed in St. Louis mere hours after it was announced that charges would not be filed against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Killer Mike joined us from the St. Louis airport to talk about the social responsibility of rappers and his experience as the son of a former police officer — check out the rest of that interview here.
The folk singer Laura Marling describes herself as someone who's never spent more than one month in the same place since she was 16, but she spent a year living in L.A. to record her acclaimed new album, "Short Movie." Read our interview with Marling to find out just what it was about L.A. that inspired her so much.
Toro Y Moi
Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, has grown from an Internet darling into the leader of a full-fledged touring band. But those early days weren't easy — when we talked with Bundick at this year's Coachella Music Festival, he explained that his early gigs paid so poorly that it was a toss-up between booking gigs and staying at the deli he was working at.
Belle & Sebastian
The veteran indie band Belle & Sebastian has been on the scene for a couple decades. Coming out of Glasgow, Scotland in 1996, the band is still going strong and just released an album this year called, "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance." We talked with Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer, about how he keeps sane on the road.
This story has been updated.