With the impressive line up for FYF Fest 2017 officially announced, fans patiently await encore performances from seven veteran acts: Nicolas Jaar, Solange, Badbadnotgood, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Horse Meat Disco, and Run The Jewels.
FYF maintains its previous idyllic location in downtown Los Angeles’ Exposition Park for its 2017 installation, but it will adapt two notable changes in 2017: the typically two-day festival in August will shift to a three-day extravaganza in July. Nonetheless, a select group of diverse talent remains center stage.
These seven acts have all previously graced FYF’s stages, and each are slated to return with a plethora of new accomplishments under their belts. Check out what these artists have been up to since their FYF debuts, and get tickets to the festival starting March 24 here.
Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar’s quintessential experimental set stunned the FYF Arena stage in 2015. While his aleatoric sound combines soul, hip hop, and electronic elements, Jaar remains unpredictable in his two most recent 2016 albums, Sirens and Nymphs. As “sirens” and “nymphs” are both defined with double meanings, each album title reflects the duality in Jaar’s sound. His use of dissonance and his jittery production maintain his progressive, unique sound. Jaar made his FYF debut as a solo act in 2012, and performed in 2014 as half of the duo Darkside with multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington.
Although she’s hardly in need of an introduction, multi-talented R&B songstress Solange Knowles will return to the FYF stage this year since her first performance in 2013 and her subsequent act in 2015. Since then, Knowles’ emotive track, “Cranes In The Sky,” won Best R&B Performance at the most recent Grammy Awards. The track is lifted off her most recent album, A Seat At The Table, which earned Pitchfork’s No. 1 Album of the Year in 2016. As if you need any other reason to see her, Knowles boldly ‘freed the nipple’ at FYF in 2015 by flinging her bra into the crowd.
Canadian jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD draws upon psychedelic experimentation in their notable collaborations with Mick Jenkins, Tyler, The Creator, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, and most recently Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg. The genre-defying sound of their last album, IV, received critical acclaim as BBC Radio 6 Music′s Album of the Year. BADBADNOTGOOD, who made their FYF debut in 2015 and seamlessly blends soul, electro, jazz, and hip hop, is not to be missed in 2017.
Thee Oh Sees
Originally formed in 1997 by the only current founding member John Dwyer, Thee Oh Sees have brought electrifying garage rock to FYF’s stages three times–in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Clearly crowd favorites, Thee Oh Sees’ eye-catching stage presence strikingly includes two drummers, Dan Rincon and Petey Dammit. Consider The Oh Sees a warm up for the inevitable mosh pit at Nine Inch Nails, FYF’s Sunday headliner.
Hailing from Orange County, multi-instrumentalist Ty Segall racks up the most previous FYF performances on our list with four shows–2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Segall’s extensive solo career has birthed nine lo-fi, garage rock studio albums which keep the founding punk rock spirit of FYF alive. Segall currently travels with The Freedom Band, while he’d previously played FYF with The Muggers in 2016.
Horse Meat Disco
London techno outfit Horse Meat Disco’s iconic four and a half hour set at FYF in 2015 set the bar high for their return in 2017. The dance aficionados first played FYF in 2013, and have since made appearances at CRSSD Spring 2017 and gained multiple Boiler Room sets under their belts. If you’re looking for a break to let loose and just feel the rhythm, Horse Meat Disco is a must see.
Run The Jewels
Composed of legendary rappers/producers Killer Mike and El-P, Run The Jewels doesn’t shy away from heavy-hitting topics like social injustice and police violence in their cutthroat raps. The rap super duo previously brought the house down at FYF in 2014 and in 2015. If their ruthless performance is anything like that of 2015, when they brought out guests Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine, Travis Barker of Blink 182, and Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia, it’s sure to be a rowdy one this year.