Fest May Return to Historic Park in 2018
By DONNA BALANCIA
Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF Fest last weekend at Exposition Park.
Rumor has it that the event — which attendees say suffered logistical challenges — could be moving back to Historic Park in Chinatown next year.
Parking snafus and entrance issues occurred Friday night and delays at ticket pickup were out of the ordinary. But the diverse if not unusual lineup mix of Frank Ocean, Bjork, Solange, Missy Elliott, Run The Jewels and Nine Inch Nails were enough to please any eclectic taste and were worth the logistical challenges some encountered.
It was the acts on the Lawn Stage on Sunday that stole the show. Iggy Pop, Ty Segall, Cherry Glazerr, Chicano Batman and Run The Jewels ran away with the prize before thousands of enthusiastic moshers.
Cherry Glazerr’s upbeat and charming performance is always a hit with locals in Los Angeles. The band has a style that is unique, a combination of punk and new-alternative and the musicianship is vintage.
The remarkably talented Ty Segall is a regular at the July festival and as usual he gave his all, wasting no time and kicking off his set with “Play Your Guitar” and treating the crowd to his abstract and wild style. The moshers and crowd surfers warmed up with him and put on the full press with Iggy.
Video courtesy of Prestoff2000
Iggy Pop Whips a Frenzy
One thing about the King of Punk, there is experience, longevity and a surprising dose of humility as his set came at sunset on the Lawn Stage. #IggyPop has come off a wildly successful run touring with Josh Homme for Post Pop Depression.
He opened by running on stage and drawing in the crowd with “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a song that has endured throughout a 50-year career. Iggy’s work may have been misunderstood in the day, but one trademark about a good song – it endures the test of time.
Search and Destroy
Iggy’s music may not have been understood when he was in his teens and 20s mainly because there was no frame of reference to anything like it. Now today with YouTube, he has achieved worldwide acclaim and praise from big bands who draw on him as their inspiration.
And inspire he did as he sang an impassioned hour-long set, sweating, spitting, falling down on stage, whipping the floor, throwing the mic stand, putting the microphone in his pants, and, well … just being Iggy. The crowd of surfers and moshers left their black and blue marks on many in the aftermath of Iggy’s tight music, which ranged from Stooges songs to the David Bowie-produced selections off The Idiot.
Chicano Batman, the local LA band with crossover appeal, really played their hearts out to their thousands of adoring fans. With Bardo and the crew, it’s always a classy affair that draws an enormous crowd. The band has grown so popular they’ve been running meet-and-greet events after their performances.
Video courtesy of Alex Pena
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels brought the fans and didn’t disappoint. Their infamous music and stage presence is well earned and they build new followers by the dozens.
Video courtesy of Dave Kebo:
Not to be overlooked are the performances that earned mainstream media attention.
When you have a famous sister and you ate seeking your own path, what better way to be noticed than to do a local festival. Often. Solange is no stranger to the annual July festival.
“Her performance is great and I love her songs,” said Elvia Martinez of Silverlake. “She is different than Beyonce.”
Check out Solange video, courtesy of Prestoff2000
Missy Elliott brought her girl power crew of supporters and fans, she’s a survivor.
Video courtesy of Prestoff2000
As far as productions go, #FlyingLotus #Bjork and Nine Inch Nails took the honors from fest goers for most amazing and mind-blowing experiences:
Video courtesy Joan Jetsetter, Bruno Pritchard (warning: pulsating light)
Bjork never disappoints and this time around, the Icelandic talent outdid herself complete with full orchestra. Video courtesy of Prestoff2000
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails, while giving a taste of new songs, did not finish with the now infamous David Bowie song “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” but performed it in the middle of a great mix of old and new tunes. The #NIN version of “I Can’t Give Everything Away” by Bowie was hardly upbeat as the song comes from Black Star, the album Bowie created while dying.
It was worth the three year wait to see Trent Reznor show his stuff as the frontman of a band that has always been known for dynamic performances and intriguing musical dynamic.
CHECK OUT #NIN BOWIE VIDEO by CaliforniaRocker.com
Ending Fest on a Downer
#NiN actually wrapped up the night with “Hurt,” the ultimate downer tune covered by Johnny Cash. That was the encore.
(If you really want bizarre Check out the perverted Kermit The Frog version of “Hurt” on YouTube.
In any event, the last note of the festival was fitting for an event that has enjoyed many years of attendance, with a local LA flavor that may or may not be a taste for the masses.