5 Artists You Must See at FYF Fest / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


5 Artists You Must See at FYF Fest

I love myself a good old fashioned music festival. Loud music. Lots of people. Overpriced everything. I assure you it's a lot better than it sounds. Experiencing live music with people who are equally as excited to be there as you is a unique feeling. Now let's talk about FYF Fest; this music festival takes place August 22 + 23, 2015 at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park.

Tickets run for $175 for two day general admission. It has a pretty stacked lineup for a festival that's 11 years old & was initially founded by an 18-year-old. What was I doing at 18? Not creating a music festival, that's for sure. Morrissey, Flume, Jesus and Mary Chain, & Solange are some of the artists performing this year. But here's who you should really see.

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1. Frank Ocean - I've had a crush on Frank Ocean for years. He really got me through some heartbreak back in college with his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra. "Love Crimes," "Novacane," & "Swim Good" are still awesome. Ocean was a member of OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future. He's got a voice made of magic & pretty much all his songs are hits (to me). His new album & magazine, Boys Don't Cry, drop sometime in July.

2. Bloc Party - This British indie rock band is a classic. I include Bloc Party due to my boyfriend's long adoration of them. He got me hooked. The band has gone through a couple of hiatuses & now they're back to rock your socks off. Bloc Party is in the midst of recording their fifth studio album. 

3. The Drums - Prepare for nostalgia when you hear their songs. Not because it takes you back in time, but because of where their music can go. The Drums give off a sentimental vibe that you can't place your finger on. They're latest album, Encyclopedia, was released September 2014. All American indie pop. It's good for your soul.

4. Death Grips - I was lucky enough, nay blessed enough to see Death Grips live at FYF Fest 2013. Death Grips, like Frank Ocean, is a longtime favorite of mine. Their jams were the only thing powerful enough to get me through arduous workouts. The music of Death Grips defies any one genre; it's a perfect concoction of hip hop, noise rap, & industrial. MC Ride + Zach Hill = Bliss. They're great. I've seen footage.

5. FKA Twigs - FKA Twigs is pretty much the coolest person ever. This British darling has got some rad style, an alluring voice, & dance moves for days. She's a true triple threat. Her music is dreamy, breathy, sexy. Not that this has anything to do with her musical talent, but she's engaged to Robert Pattinson. So there's your gossip for the day.

Music festivals in California are pretty easy to come by if you know where to look & you're willing to pay a good chunk of change. FYF Fest is sure to be filled with music to your ears. Are you going to any music fests, concerts, or shows this season? Have you heard of any of these artists? :]

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  1. Festivals are amazing! I love the live music too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. Good god, I didn't realize music festivals were THAT expensive! I've never been, but I'd love to go (when I have cash to spare, ha)! Anyway, I'm a fan of both Frank Ocean and FKA Twigs and I'm so glad they're on your list, because I've seen some of their performances on YT. and gosh they are SO good live.The Drums sound(s?) like a group I might enjoy!

    And wow, a festival created by an 18 year old? I'm 18 this year and I'm...looking at a lot of cat pictures, hahaha

    May | THE MAYDEN

    1. I like festivals because I can look back on the experience for years to come. The Drums are awesome!

  3. I'm slightly (okay no, not slightly, a lot) envious of FKA Twigs, like, I still love Rob Pattinson, SO much. Also, Frank Ocean! He is incredible.

    Naomi in Wonderland

  4. loooooove Frank Ocean!


  5. I love a good festival!

  6. Sounds like a great Festival. :) Pretty awesome it was started by an 18 yr old. :)

  7. Aww.. they all rock!
    Thanks for the recommenndation, hun

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

  8. Great picks! Love Frank Ocean!

  9. Oooh this sounds like a great festival! I love The Drums. I wish I could see them!


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  11. Ohhh I always love hearing music suggestions!

  12. yes to FKA! you not only have great taste in fashion but also in music :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  13. I'd love to see Bloc Party! Sounds fun!

    - Kaitlyn | www.TheCrownFox.com

  14. I looooove festivals! I just wish that they would be a bit cheaper. I have never heard of these artists before, but I am sure checking them out as they sound like my kind of music artists. Thank you for sharing!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Festivals can be very pricy but given the amount of artists you see, it's a great deal. :]

  15. Looks like a good festival, I love Bloc Party

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  17. Never heard of these artists before I'll admit but love the song from The Drums :) xx Maja

  18. Great choise of artists!

    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

  19. Damn. I wasn't thinking that big either at 18. Wish I had though hehehe!


  20. I wish I had more time for music festivals. We do have the Red Bull flugtag coming up in a few weeks. Maybe I can make it to that. Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina

    1. You should go! Live music can be life changing! :]

  21. Such a cute post!! Love it!!

    xx Olivia


  22. I love festivals even though I have never been in one!


    1. I didn't go until I was 23, so you have time. :]

  23. Oh I would so love to go to this festival. I agree--there is nothing like being outdoors, trailing from stage to stage, obsessing over your favorite artists. Thank you so much for sharing these artists. I'm always looking for new tunes and you have amazing taste! Pleeeeeeease blog the festival for those of us who can't go!!

    The What's In Between

  24. Sounds really cool, would love to go!!!



  25. I went to Bumbershoot in Seattle two or three years ago but that's the only festival I've been too! I've heard of some of those artists but the only one I know is Frank Ocean, and I'd love to see him!

    1. Ah that sounds so fun! Yeah Frank Ocean is superb. :]

  26. Music festivals can be very expensive! But oh so much fun!

    1. You're right; they definitely have pluses & minuses. :]

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