Recap: FYF Fest 2015

FYF Fest (which stands for Fuck Yeah Fest) celebrated its 11th year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.

The two day festival featured performances by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tennis, Mac DeMarco, Alvvays, D’angelo, FKA Twigs, and many, many more. Frank Ocean was scheduled to be one of the headliners, but unfortunately dropped out at the last minute. It all worked out in the end though because Kanye West (who’s now running for president), filled in for him.

With the festival held in downtown LA, the stage was set for a number of surprises:

Chet Faker brought Banks on stage to perform their latest collaboration, “1998.” Flume fans got a huge shock when Lorde suddenly appeared on stage to dance to their remix of “Tennis Court,” Solange brought Dev Hynes, King and Moses Sumney on stage to perform a cover of Nina Simone’s “Young, Gifted and Black.” Then of course there was Kanye West, who’s set included an ‘impromptu’ performance of “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna.

Some fest highlights for me included Chet Faker, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, FKA Twigs, D’Angelo and Solange. All of them brought the energy and the soul to their sets.

Solange wowed not just with her voice, her dance moves and her charisma, but her realness. Having some mic pack/wardrobe issues she decided to take off her bra on stage, shouting “free the nipple y’all” as she tossed it aside. Solange played some amazing new unreleased songs, and then, as I mentioned above, there was the breathtaking Nina Simone cover of “Young, Gifted and Black.”

It was a whirlwind 48 hours of magical moments and plenty of dancing. Thank you FYF Fest, I look forward to doing it again soon.

All photos by Gillian Driscoll of Sound Dessert.

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