Los Angelenos trying to get their live music fix this Labor Day weekend need to look no further than downtown LA, as the indie-centric FYF Fest returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Now in its ninth year, the festival is expanding to two consecutive days for the first time since moving to its current downtown location in 2009.
Although FYF has long been an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles punk scene, the lineup this year offers a wide variety of musical acts, including headliners ranging from French dream-pop outfit M83 to the worldly indie-rock band Beirut. Other top-billed acts include the newly reunited Swedish hardcore punk band Refused, Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells, indie-rock veterans The Faint and the psychedelic pop group Yeasayer.
Aside from the headliners, this year’s FYF boasts a strong undercard of up-and-coming acts drawn from a variety of locales and genres. Orange County’s own skate-punk group FIDLAR should put on one of the better shows of the weekend with their high-powered bursts of frenetic energy. Other highlights of the weekend include the San Francisco folk-rock duo Two Gallants, Cleveland noise-rock group Cloud Nothings and local punk band Joyce Manor.
For those looking for a quick break from the onslaught of music that the weekend will provide, the festival also includes a strong comedic lineup led by Arrested Development actor David Cross.
The festival grounds will include four stages of music and comedy, a vendor village, food trucks, two beer gardens and a VIP area.
Weekend passes are still available for $89 online at fyffest.com and at various record stores in the Los Angeles area.