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Snapped: FYF Fest 2016, Los Angeles

A two-day showcase of music for the LA tastemakers

  • Valerie Lee
  • 30 August 2016

Despite the loss of major electronic events in the heart of Los Angeles, the city still remains in touch with its progressive musical roots with the annual return of FYF Fest.

Now in its 13th year, the two-day festival finds a home at the iconic Exposition Park, which circles the famed Coliseum venue in downtown Los Angeles. FYF taps into the indie tastes of LA music heads, featuring bands like LCD Soundsystem, hip-hop standouts like Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, left field acts that left audiences in awe like Grace Jones and Grimes, and electronic mavens like Moby, The Black Madonna and Bicep.

Sunset in combination with the glorious Los Angeles Coliseum sign made for the perfect backdrop for attendees who packed out the venue from afternoon 'til evening.

Though FYF - unlike Goldenvoice's other more publicized events - seems to float just below wide public attention, the show seemed to be a favored choice for surprise guests to make their appearances. Grimes defeated a wardrobe and technical malfunction and brought Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes out with her while Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance later alongside Tame Impala as they finished up their final track.

The following day, Blood Orange was joined on stage by a squad of collaborators off his latest album, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado, Zuri Marley and Sky Ferreira. Later on the Woods stage, The Black Madonna was joined by Robyn as she performed alongside the producer's official remix of 'Indestructible'.

See what you missed at FYF Fest 2016 above.

[Photos: Jamie Rosenberg]

Valerie Lee is Mixmag's US Digital Editor. Follow her on Twitter here

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