Born out of music lover Sean Carlson's dream of throwing a festival where people could pop in and out of multiple venues and experience a variety of entertainment, FYF (then known as Fuck Yeah Fest) launched in 2003. With a lot of hard work and a little help from friends, the then 18 year old Carlson made a whopping $5 in donations from the free event.
Since then, the attendance has gone from 2,000 to 20,000, and in 2009 FYF moved to the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown (simultaneously re-instating funding to the struggling landmark). With the help of friends Keith Morris (of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off!) and Phil Hoelting, FYF has grown into a festival force to be reckoned with, the truly indie answer to bohemoths like Coachella and Lollapalooza. The move to that independent spirit can be seen in the line-ups; where other festivals go for the easy "darlings," FYF brings a special breadth of experience to its line-up.
This year's line-up was no exception, with local favorites like Warpaint and Abe Vigoda, reunion shows from Sleep and hardcore favorite Unbroken, and the first LA show ever from Animal Collective member Panda Bear. With Ryan Gosling's eclectic band Dead Man's Bones (this is LA after all) rounding out the roster, FYF is the place to be to hear bands on the cusp of breakout acclaim.
For more info on FYF, check out www.fyf.com.