The 12th installment of FYF Fest is the biggest ever. What once began in the iconic yet dingy Echo in Los Angeles now fills Exposition Park with five distinct performance areas, with Morrissey closing the second and final night on Sunday. But in its strongest, arguably most diverse lineup to date, FYF promises stellar performances over both days. Here are EW’s top five gigs to catch this weekend.
Frank Ocean was originally slated to headline Saturday night. But the 27-year-old singer canceled his spot Thursday, citing a scheduling conflict. His sophomore album was thought to be released in July, but nothing has popped up.
It’s okay: Yeezus is here. Hip-hop star Kanye West has turned in compelling festival performances in the past, with June’s Glastonbury headlining slot being the latest to spark controversy. The lighting set-up he boasted amazed in the background as the rapper churned through newer material before performing hit after hit. And with a new album, Swish, in the works, there’s always the chance of new songs debuting — or maybe another rendition of “Wolves.”
Run The Jewels
Killer Mike and El-P have long been the favorites of dedicated rap heads before joining forces as Run The Jewels. Their second album, Run The Jewels 2, checked in at EW’s second best of 2014. Then Coachella’s festival-stealing set happened and placed the hip-hop duo on mainstream concertgoers’ radars. Whenever Mike and El-P take the stage, it takes a really, really good reason to skip them.
In July 2014, Death Grips disbanded. In March, they teased they might return. Less than a week later, the incredibly experimental hip-hop trio dropped their world tour itinerary and have released brand-new tracks. The group’s unique sound and unpredictability demand an audience, given there’s always the chance a riot might break out at the Trees Stage.
D’Angelo & The Vanguard
Almost 15 years after his complex opus Voodoo was released, D’Angelo and his new band pulled a near-Beyoncé, giving only a few days notice that his third album, Black Messiah, was A) happening and B) arriving shortly. The December album hit close to the long-gestating high expectations generated by the decade-and-a-half wait and Voodoo. Back on the road, D’Angelo rocks and croons as he did with the spirit and stamina of his youth. The chance to hear the divine “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” live is enough reason to attend.
What twigs lacks in dynamism, the dancer-turned-singer makes up for in the visual complement to her performance and sultry falsetto. The brooding R&B artist released an EP last week to positive reception, so the prospect of hearing how her fresh joints translate live is a big plus.
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