Sunday proved to be one of the biggest days of the year for pop music. While preparations were being made for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the final day of FYF Fest was in full swing at Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.
Day Two seemed significantly less busy than the previous day — entrance into the festival took almost half the time than on Day One. Though to be fair, with headliners such as Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar on Saturday, it was obvious that a smaller crowd would flock to the festival on Sunday. However, there was no shortage of star power, with acts like Father John Misty, Grace Jones, and LCD Soundsystem wrapping the fest.
The first part of the day saw sets from Julia Holter, Banks & Steelz, Preoccupations, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Bradley’s performance was especially distinct. Performing songs primarily from his most recent album, “Changes,” he transported audiences back to the golden age of funk with his soulful core and sound.
Commencing Day Two’s Main Stage was Blood Orange, the moniker of English musician Dev Hynes. Fresh from two sold-out performances at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, Hynes brought out singers Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira, and Nelly Furtado as guests for his set. Highlights from Hynes’ performance include “Best to You,” “E.V.P.,” and “Hadron Collider.”
Throughout the day, the biggest crowds turned out for Beach House at the Trees Stage, as well as Father John Misty at the Main Stage. The somewhat-newcomer Anohni, formerly the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, also drew a considerable crowd, performing an intense yet powerful set focused on everything except the singer herself. With chilling projections of women lip-syncing her lyrics (not to mention a dancing Naomi Campbell projected prior to the set), her ambient beats allowed audiences to mesh with the deep beats and her sultry alto.
Fans of Anohni then ran to the Main Stage to catch the legendary Grace Jones, who was among the most accomplished of the entire festival. Jones, who eluded almost complete nudity albeit some body paint, changed headdresses after virtually every song. The icon performed the hits “My Jamaican Guy,” “Nightclubbing,” and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug,” among others.
Jones, who is no stranger to “Hell-A,” joked with the audience regarding her arrival to the city.
“Boy, they really like to frisk you in the airport here,” she said. “I don’t know what they’re looking for, but whatever it is, I’ve already taken it.”
Capping off the 2016, LCD Soundsystem performed to one of the largest crowds of the festival. The band, who came out of retirement in 2015, has already played Coachella, among other musical festivals, within the past year. Their set included “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” and “Losing My Edge.”