×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Goldenvoice Parts Ways With FYF Fest’s Sean Carlson

Goldenvoice has parted company with FYF Fest founder Sean Carlson, according to an internal email obtained by Variety. No reason for the departure is indicated in the email.

“Effective immediately, Goldenvoice has ended its relationship with Sean Carlson,” the email from Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett reads.  “We’re evaluating our path forward as it relates to FYF Fest.  Please have your agents direct all matters regarding Coachella booking directly to me.”

AEG, Goldenvoice and Carlson either had not responded to Variety’s request for comment or had not commented at press time.

The festival, which is produced in partnership with Coachella founder Goldenvoice and AEG, has grown from small beginnings to become of major concert event with highly in-demand performers: The 2017 edition featured Frank Ocean, Missy Elliott, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange, among dozens, with a surprise appearance from Brad Pitt.

FYF Fest began in 2004 — when Carlson was just 18 years old — as a group of concerts in several Echo Park venues featuring 2-3 dozen punk-leaning bands and several comedians; for the past three years it has been held , it has grown into a formidable event, held in the city’s sprawling Exposition Park.

Carlson grew up in Torrance, Calif., outside of Los Angeles and worked as a summer intern at punk-leaning label Epitaph Records during high school. After graduation he founded a fanzine and followed some friends’ bands on tour, and began organizing concerts on his return. He launched the first FYF (then known as the “F— Yeah Fest”) at the Echo in Los Angeles.

Variety will have more on this situation as it develops.

More Music

  • Will SmithNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Show,

    Will Smith Joins Jaden to Perform 'Icon' at Coachella

    Parents just do understand the importance of Coachella. Jaden Smith was joined in the Sahara tent Friday night by father Will for a performance of “Icon” — as Instagrammed by the proud papa. The footage of Will Smith rapping was shot by Jaden, who turns his smartphone camera around just long enough to photobomb his [...]

  • Anderson .Paak performs at the Coachella

    Brandy, Jay Rock Help Anderson .Paak Light Up Coachella Weekend Two

    Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals took the Coachella stage at the second weekend of the storied fest as the sun descended, but the musician’s fiery set was more than enough to light up the audience. The performance, which featured pyrotechnics including fireworks and flames alongside the rapper’s slinky stage moves, was relatively heavy on [...]

  • Woodstock 50 Festival Postpones Ticket On-Sale

    Woodstock 50 Festival Postpones Ticket On-Sale Date

    The troubled Woodstock 50 festival has run into more difficulties, as multiple sources told Variety late Friday that the April 22 on-sale date for the event has been postponed. Agents for artists scheduled to perform at the festival — which include Jay-Z, Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and Halsey — [...]

  • Sirius Logo

    SiriusXM Unveils $8 Essential Plan for Consumers Without Cars

    SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening. Dubbed SiriusXM Essential, the plan offers access to 200+ channels featuring the network’s entire music programming, as well comedy, news and select sports channels. Consumers will be able to test the new plan [...]

  • Adam Lambert, of Queen, performs at

    Adam Lambert Back to 'Idol' to Mentor Finalists Through Queen's Catalog

    Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert. On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

  • Synthplex

    Synthplex Conference Draws 2,500 Electronic Music Enthusiasts to Burbank

    The inaugural SYNTHPLEX Music Conference, held in Burbank on March 28 through 31, drew more than 2,500 electronic music enthusiasts. The confab included performances, lectures and, most importantly, hands-on time with instrument manufacturers — from marquee names like Roland and Elektron down to smaller, more boutique modular companies. Among the highlights was a standing-room-only keynote [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content