FYF Fest Presents: Save Our State Parks, Los Angeles State Historic Park, September 5, 2009
Black Lips, Converge, Crystal Antlers, Fucked Up, Glass Candy, Har Mar Superstar, Japanther & Ninjasonik, Lightning Bolt, Mika Miko, No Age, Telepathe, The Strange Boys, The Thermals, Tim & Eric, Times New Viking, Torche, Wavves & Woods
This year the F Yeah Fest moved from their familiar Echo/Echoplex & adjacent confines to Chinatown’s LA Historic Park. The new location served a dual purpose of providing a larger venue for the festival and raising new awareness to the threats facing many of California’s State Parks via budgetary pressures. With the hiatus of LA Weekly’s Detour Festival, the event was this year’s sole Downtown music festival. In addition to its new digs, the festival also anointed itself with a new name. And yes, several bands goofed on the puzzling name during their sets, spouting their own theory on the meaning of the acronymization. Judging by the high turnout and the lack of serious car congestion (it’s next to a Chinese themed train stop) the location choice was a success. Each stage had plenty of area for festival goers, save Lightning Bolt’s set when an almost barrier destroying crowd brought out the local fire department. Could the fire department actually shut down an outdoor festival? Surely not, but anything could be possible after what happened at HARD Summer. Other than the long lines at the food stalls, and being coated by clouds of dust anytime you were near a dance crowds, there really wasn’t much to complain about. The only disappointment came from the news that Dan Deacon had to cancel due to illness. We missed you Dan, hope to see you next year!