In the noise of the every growing list of festivals every year, it’s becoming harder and harder to make a statement with your lineup. Well, FYF, the Los Angeles based festival has topped the list this year with one of the best lineups you possibly imagine. Normally, festivals are stacked with up-and-coming artists that you have to catch before they ~make it big~ but this year, FYF is loaded with heavyweights just waiting to get crossed off your bucket list. Check out some of our top picks below, though honestly if you’re attending — any stage at any time is sure to be a good choice.
1. A Tribe Called Quest (Saturday, 8:30PM @ Main Stage)
With the best and most powerful performance at this year’s Grammys, A Tribe Called Quest is back and most likely for the last time. Don’t skip out on history.
2. Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals (Friday, 10:10PM @ Lawn Stage)
Guaranteed, no matter where you are during AP’s set, you’ll probably be blinded by his ear-to-ear grin. Then you’ll magically find yourself smiling back because that’s just what. he. does. [clap emoji x10]
3. Angel Olsen (Friday, 7:50PM @ Lawn Stage)
Her latest album Woman was one of the best of 2016 and Angel Olsen is often a festival staple. Rock back and forth, cry, and let yourself give in to everything she has to offer.
4. Björk (Friday, 8:50PM @ Main Stage)
Easily one of the most unique and intriguing artists of our generation, there’s no better way to kick off an incredible lineup than Björk. The first ever female to headline Coachella knows her way around a festival so you’d be mistaken to miss this one.
5. Frank Ocean (Saturday, 11:00PM @ Main Stage)
Ah, yes. The musical unicorn. So far so good with Frank Ocean but you never know. After canceling his 2015 set (only to be replaced by Kanye West), Ocean will hopefully, maybe, probably, fingers crossed will be performing this time around. For the love of god, just let me have this.
6. Missy Elliott (Friday, 11:15PM @ Main Stage)
The queen of hip hop. Can I make that claim? Whoops just did. There’s no denying the greatness of Missy Elliott and it’ll be interesting to see if the main stage at FYF can contain it.
7. Mitski (Saturday, 5:10PM @ Trees Stage)
If you want to sway and catch ~feels~ during a festival, look no further than Mitski. She’ll draw you in and leave you full of emotions.
8. Mura Masa (Sunday, 7:45PM @ Trees Stage)
One of the best new producers in the game, Mura Masa has been providing underrated bops for the past couple of years. If Charli XCX is in town, keep an eye out for inevitable appearance during his set.
9. Nine Inch Nails (Sunday, 10:45PM @ Main Stage)
Coming fresh off their super weird but here-for-it appearance on Twin Peaks, NIN is also back with an EP. They’ve always been ones to shock so it’d be dumb to not at least catch a glimpse of what they will bring to the table.
10. Noname (Saturday, 6:20PM @ Trees Stage)
If there was anyone was going to take Chance the Rapper’s title of current favorite Chicago darling, it’s Noname. Smooth af with precision that’s deadly.
11. Run The Jewels (Sunday, 9:35PM @ Lawn Stage)
The most adorable rap duo in history. Come for the jams that keep on jamming, stay for the infectious bromance.
12. Solange (Sunday, 8:25PM @ Main Stage)
Miss Solange has been giving her older sister a run for her money and, in my humble opinion, winning. Last time she played FYF in 2015, she brought out producer Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange. With one of the best albums of last year under her belt, her set is sure to be a stunner.
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