Returning for its 11th run this week, Los Angeles’ annual FYF Fest has consistently embraced another three-letter acronym–the DIY aesthetic. Ten years ago, organizer Sean Carlson started the festival at 18 as a means to channel his boredom into something tangible. The first FYF (Fuck Yeah Fest) Fest was a one-day affair taking place in a couple of small venues in the heart of Echo Park, with 15 local bands on the bill. The next years saw the organizers experimenting with the festival’s format–in length (from one day to two to three and somehow back down to one), in the addition of comedy acts (Sarah Silverman graced the FYF 2 bill), eventually down to location, when they relocated to the LA State Historic Park in 2009 to accommodate the growing festival. Ten years and another venue change later (this year’s festival will take place at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park), the festival has grown considerably but still keeps to its local roots. This year’s FYF fest boasts a lineup of 59 bands (upon the departure of Death Grips due to their post-breakup cancellation) spread out among two days and strong ties to the community, including a diverse cornucopia of local food vendors like Kitchen Mouse Cafe
and Donut Friend
.In the spirit of the festival taking place this weekend, we decided to compile an A-Z list of artists you should check out at this year’s festival (if you happened to snag a ticket before it sold out). Disclaimer: this isn’t a complete, 26 point list, since there just weren’t any bands playing that started with Z (and about 7 other letters). But we got close! Check out our recommendations below.