The long-running FYF Fest has been cancelled this summer reportedly due to low ticket sales, Rolling Stone reports. The festival was a three-day music festival held every summer and highlighted an eclectic array of artists. Over the course of fifteen years, headliners included acts such as Kanye West, Morrissey, Phoenix, the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others. Plans are being made at present to reschedule some of the acts who had been slated to appear at this year’s event.
The FYF fest was initially held in clubs around the Los Angeles area before graduating to the more expansive LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park in 2014. The fest was held on four separate stages including the Main Stage, the Lawn, the Arena and the Woods. It also featured art installations and food booths.
On May 6, festival promoters Goldenvoice announced on social media that they had undertaken the “difficult decision” to cancel this year’s festival. While no specific reason was given, Billboard magazine noted that this year’s advance ticket sales were low. Fest founder Sean Carlson left last year, leaving new talent buyer Jennifer Yacoubain to book a more women-centered lineup this year. Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson were to headline this year’s festival.
Many of the artists who had been set to appear are being booked into alternate area venues as individual concerts. So far, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have been booked to play at The Roxy, U.S. Girls are to play the El Rey Theatre, and My Bloody Valentine are set to headline their own show at the Shrine Expo Hall. All of these events will take place in July with tickets on sale soon. The festival had been scheduled to run July 21st and 22nd.