The troubled music festival made a surprising announcement
On Sunday, the organizers of the FYF Fest announced their decision to cancel this summer's festival. The event, scheduled for July 21st and 22nd, had trouble selling tickets, and owner Goldenvoice decided it would be better to unplug before the dates drew nearer.
̵1; FYF Fest (@FYFFEST) May 6, 2018
Rumors that the festival could be recalled were circulating at the end of last week Billboard in circles of the music industry as an artist representative began discreetly reaching out to talent buyers for other venues and venues in the region to invite their bands to alternative shows this weekend. This means that there could be a silver lining for fans who just wanted to see one or two artists from the festival lineup, as some artists are likely to book one-off shows instead of skipping LA for the season. As late as February it was unclear whether Goldenvoice 2018 would even try to stage the FYF. The brand of the festival had been tarnished by sexual charges against its founder Sean Carlson, who had come from events several years earlier, and even after Goldenvoice took control of the festival and removed Carlson from any involvement, it seemed, based at least on the frequent comments the festival's social media sites, which mentioned the allegations that many potential festivalgoers never made that distinction.
At the time FYF made an official announcement, it landed with mixed replies. Curated by a female team and with a mix of artists who highlighted the music of women and people of color, there was a lot of direction in the festival. Nonetheless, the talent pool overlaps strongly with Coachella, and especially with the Outside Lands festival, which takes place only two weeks after the scheduled FYF dates in San Francisco. The FYF has been struggling to sell headliners like Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem in recent years. Janet Jackson and Florence and the Machine were probably always on the way to motivate enough tickets for the 40,000-seat venue in the exhibit park.
What happens with the FYF from here is unclear. Goldenvoice could take the year to rebuild and perhaps even re-brand the festival, which will be the only one of its size within LA's city limits – making it more accessible to fans who prefer not to get involved that are associated with the destination's festivals – and historically focus on an indie artist collection. Or they may just decide not to give it back in 2019, instead invest resources in their many other local festivals, including Coachella, Arroyo Secco, Splash House and Stagecoach.
If you're one of those who bought FYF tickets for 2018, automatic refunds will be issued from today. And if FYF is canceled, lets look for another music festival to try this year, visit our full guide to this year's festivals throughout the region.
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