What: Boasting what could be the coolest name for a festival, Fuck Yeah Fest is an LA gem that’s a smidge smaller than Coachella, but just as cool (if not more so). It’s a pretty straightforward festival experience—with a strong focus on music instead of corporate sponsors, FYF is a good fit for jaded fans like me who want to kick it to some incredible acts in a low-key, quirky setting. Plus, a GA pass is relatively affordable for a lineup as heavy as this one: at $329, the still-available face value tickets are far more reasonable than other festivals’ very expensive scalper prices.
Who: Frank Ocean is SUPPOSED to be performing, but avid fans know that until the ever-elusive Frank is physically on stage, nothing is set in stone. Even if we don’t get to see Frank, it’s okay—this lineup is STACKED. Kehlani, Mura Masa, Anderson .Paak, Run The Jewels, Arca, Slowdive, Erykah Badu, The Black Madonna…. I am thisclose to just putting the entire lineup in my “must-see” list. It’s that good.
When: July 21st-23rd, 2017. Plenty of time to fully heal our alcohol-riddled bodies from the Fourth of July. Happy birthday America, now give me an aspirin.
Where: Exposition Park, in Los Angeles. I know very little about this park, but it looks nice and is home to the California Science Center, so bonus points for that. Science!!!!!
Why: If you’re bored of the massive festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, but still want to see big-name acts, FYF is the place for you. Hell, Kanye and Lady Gaga have made appearances in past years, so it’s worth going for the guests alone. Goldenvoice’s festival has somehow avoided the “sellout” trap that many festivals fall into after a few successful years, and that’s worthy of celebration. You can grab a three-day pass on the FYF website and check out 2017’s offering for yourself.