Never heard of FYF Fest? Think of it as Coachella’s little (but not technically related) sister. FYF Fest 2014 will take place August 23rd & 24th at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. The lineup has officially been released, and from what we can tell, the festival has only improved from last year. Now, we’ve seen this kind of growth occur with music festivals such as Governor’s Ball and Outside Lands. So what are we saying? We suggest getting tickets to FYF Fest 2014 for several reasons, but first and foremost, because we think this festival is only going to get bigger. Besides The Strokes, Phoenix, and Interpol headlining the festival, we think the best part about FYF Fest is that the lineup includes the most promising talent in the industry. Here are a few reasons to consider buying FYF Fest 2014 tickets on May 22nd, the first date for ticket sales.
The Future Island’s Tour Dates tell us that FYF Fest 2014 will be one of the last chances you will be able to catch these rising stars this summer. Even though the Future Islands are set to appear at a few other summer music festivals, namely Portland’s MusicFestNW and Boston Calling, we think that FYF Fest is the best bang for your buck. The ticket prices are cheaper than for Boston Calling, and the line up for FYF Fest is packed with bigger acts than MusicFestNW. Future Islands have taken off since their dazzling performance on Letterman left both the audience and show host himself speechless. And since this may be your last chance to see Future Islands crooning frontman Samuel T. live on a smaller stage, why not take it?
And what about the return of the Blood Brothers? Even though this summer is packed with surprise reunion tours, this is still something no one saw coming. The band left it up to the festival to announce their comeback, and now this has become one of the biggest selling points to attend the festival. The Blood Brothers haven’t played together in seven years, and no other Blood Brothers shows have been announced for the year. This alone should convince you that FYF Fest 2014 is going to be a really special weekend.
As for Tyler the Creator’s friend and young rap prodigy Earl Sweatshirt, FYF Fest 2014 is the absolute last show that he will be performing this summer. Besides a show at NYC’s Irving Plaza and a set at Governor’s Ball, Earl Sweatshirt doesn’t have many shows scheduled in North America following his UK tour. For us, Earl Sweatshirt’s name on the line up was definitely one of the reasons why we thought people should go. Earl Sweatshirt will add some variation to the lineup which is very indie and alt rock heavy, in addition to repping the rising hip-hop collective Odd Future. Earl Sweatshirt is another example of an artist who won’t be occupying small stages for much longer.
Remember when Haim was just a San Fernando Valley girl band playing at small venues around UCLA? The American sister trio has had quite the fast and exciting career, beginning with one incredibly successful set at SXSW 2012 and the release of the well received LP Forever. Now, Haim has taken on the main stage at Glastonbury, in addition to spending a whole year as the headlining act at venues across the U.S and UK. FYF Fest 2014 is the last North American tour date listed on Haim’s tour schedule. This has been quite the year for them, and what could be better than topping off the summer with being in the audience as Haim finishes off an incredible year of touring?
What we’re saying: FYF Fest 2014 will be a great time. The festival is small in size compared to other summer music festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. But for a weekend ticket, you’re only paying 129$ (plus any added fees) to see some really big talent. The first round of tickets go on sale in just two days. And if you still need a bit of convincing, check out this recap from FYF Fest 2013.