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FYF Fest Returns This Weekend With New Features and Major Headliners

What began as a small event at The Echo and The Echoplex has since expanded to an audience of over 30,000 people.

Summer for some means getting the grill ready for a great barbecue, planning a carpool for an epic beach trip, or taking the family out for a well-deserved vacation. For music-lovers, however, 'tis the season to catch popular and beloved artists perform at numerous music festivals. Take FYF Fest, for example - LA's local festival that became a city staple since its start in 2004.

With the festival taking place at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park this Friday to Sunday, music fanatics have expressed excitement over major headliners that are dominating the lineup this year. Acclaimed artists such as Missy Elliott, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Nine Inch Nails, and Björk will be performing, much to the delight of fans.

What began as a small event celebrating punk bands such as Circle Jerks and No Age has grown in genre inclusivity and has reached a broad audience. In 2013, the weekend event attracted an estimated 30,000 people and it's easy to see why.Various genres peacefully coexist at this festival as this year's event will include R&B singers such as Solange, shoegaze bands like Slowdive, and punk icon Iggy Pop.

Previous acts have included The Strokes, Morrissey, Kanye West, Descendents, and Kendrick Lamar, attracting a diverse audiece. With the star-studded lineups that have grown bigger and bigger each year, FYF has attracted more than LA natives as fans travel nationwide for the event. 

This year's extravaganza will include new features that have been announced through the event's social media. One such feature that has received excitement was the Golden Ticket giveaway. Five lucky and random wristband-holders will receive lifetime passes to attend FYF should they find the ticket mailed with their wristbands.

Friday concert-goers have noticed they were also mailed a pair of 3D glasses for Flying Lotus' set, which has caused wonder if the music producer will show bits of his newly-released, controvesial movie as he plays his set. The event will also include a sixth stage this year due to extended set times of selected artists.

Foodies can find happiness at the festival as over a dozen vendors will be catering to the eclectic taste of attendants. Those with dietary restrictions should fear not since the event has a varied selection of dishes to choose from. Ramen, pho, and even ice cream held within a black cone will be sold at the festival.

Carpooling and public transportation are encouraged as attendants will be given a free gift if they show their TAP card at the event's information booth.

If you are interested in enjoying live music in one of southern California's most anticipated events, you can purchase your tickets here.

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