Well, that was fast.
Just a few months after being lauded for its rebranding for its balanced, diverse lineup, FYF festival has been cancelled.
The lineup, which featured female headliners Janet Jackson and Florence + the Machine, along with St. Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, along with My Bloody Valentine, Future and the XX initially received plaudits for its willingness to go outside of the cookie cutter festival scheduling. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
This comes on FYF’s tumultuous past half year where founder Sean Carlson was removed from his booking and ownership post following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Carlson admitted some misdoings to Spin, which reported the accusations. Since then, Goldenvoice decided to move ahead with the July event.
However, ticket sales were sluggish. Billboard reported that as early as last week, the promoter began to seriously consider the merits of holding the fest en lieu of its slow sales. And today, a formal announcement on the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages confirmed that FYF was no mas.
Ticket holders can get refunds by visiting FYF’s site. All isn’t lost, though. The announcement also promised that there will be several events featuring FYF artists that will still take place in Los Angeles this summer.
No matter how you see it, this is a big blow to the local Southern California concert scene. FYF was a local staple that became one of the more adventurous and respected on the festival calendar. But, it couldn’t overcome the multitude of problems surrounding it — especially with so many other options invading its space.
No word on whether the event will return in 2019.