The indie music festival is dead.
At least according to thousands of FYF Fest fans-turned-scorned lovers who took to social media over the weekend during the 11th annual outdoor music festival, hosted for the first time at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Exposition Park.
FYF, which stands for (Expletive) Yeah Fest, had been at the Los Angeles State Historic Park from 2009 through 2011 after a humble start as a multi-venue indie music celebration in Echo Park organized by creator Sean Carlson. But after a decade, and a partnership with mega festival producers Goldenvoice, promoters of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, it seems the festival has lost its charm. By Sunday, #(Expletive)YouFest and #(Expletive)NoFest began trending on Twitter with fans vowing never to return again after waiting upwards of three hours in line to get into the festival, being turned away at The Arena stage and the layout of the festival among other grievances.
Attendance is expected to exceed 40,000 for the two-day festival.
Peter Douglas of Los Angeles tweeted: “FYF: 2hrs entry, 2hrs on concrete w/ bad sound, 2min exit. So long FYF-you got 2 big.”
“I went to Coachella this year and then was excited to come to this because people keep saying it's like a mini-Coachella and I have to say, it was the worst experience,” said Emily Jaffe of Los Angeles.
Jaffe came with a group of friends including fellow Angeleno, Stephanie Lager, who also lamented about the festival during her Metro ride back home.
“The distance between the stages was just too much and we couldn't get into the arena — twice,” Stephanie Lager, 24, of Los Angeles chimed in.
“It was a terribly planned music festival,” Jaffe said. “This is a L.A. festival and it's ridiculous. I shouldn't have to drive to Palm Springs to get a legitimate music festival experience.”
The growing festival seemed like it had a chance to bounce back Sunday as organizers announced Sunday afternoon that they made adjustments, including the expansion and reorganization of entry points to expedite entry and opening up more seats for fans at the L.A. Sports Arena as well as allowing fans on the floor of the arena.
Unfortunately, the news came too late for fans who missed Chet Faker, Caribou and Four Tet in the arena.
“That's great, but I wish it happened yesterday. I was stuck in a huge angry mob trying to get in to see Caribou last night, going from entry to entry until a security guard told us they reached capacity,” said Eileen Blancas of East Hollywood. “The guard actually told us, ‘Don't kill the messenger,' because he knew everyone was pissed.”
Band members from The Real Estate even acknowledged Saturday's madness, congratulating fans who made it in to the festival in time to catch the band's set.
Not all fans, were disenchanted. Jose Cabrera, 40, of West L.A., liked the change in venue, welcoming the concrete of Exposition Park in contrast to the grass and dirt at the downtown historic park. Plus, he planned accordingly.
“Before coming to FYF, I checked out Twitter and saw a lot of people complaining about getting in so I waited it out,” said Cabrera, who eventually arrived at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in time to catch Future Islands. “So yeah, I had a great time.”
What was undeniable, once inside the festival, the music was still great and of the caliber expected from Southern California mega music festivals.
Run the Jewels, a hip-hop tag team of Killer Mike from Atlanta and El-P of New York, hyped up the frustrated crowd Saturday evening with beat-bumping tunes like its new track, “Blockbuster Night Part 1” from the forthcoming album “RJT2,” set to drop Oct. 28.
The rousing performance got fans waving their hands and cheering comes after a CNN appearance by Michael “Killer Mike” Render, who spoke about the continuing fallout of the Michael Brown killing in Fergeson, Mo., the unarmed black teenager who was gunned down by police.
Festivalgoers were even in a cheery enough mood to sing “Happy Birthday” to The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas on Saturday night, who celebrated his 36th birthday during his solo set that evening.
Band members from the punk/experimental duo The Arcade Rebellion, who also tweeted about the long lines on Saturday, reported “last night was amazing” and was more optimistic about the final day at Exposition Park.
By midday during the festival, fans seemed to be on their way to forgiveness — possibly.
“Today was completely different... It seems like it was way more organized, especially with the lines,” said Diamarie Cruz of Pasadena on the closing night of FYF. “I think the promoters listened to the feedback yesterday, so I have to applaud them on that.”
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