Goldenvoice cancels FYF Fest

The 15th anniversary edition of FYF Fest, set to take place in Los Angeles, has been canceled, it was announced Sunday.

The fest was set to feature Janet Jackson, Florence + the Machine, and Future, but a statement posted to the FYF Fest website said Goldenvoice and parent company AEG “felt unable to present an experience on par with the expectations of our loyal fans and the Los Angeles music community this year.” Sources indicated that low ticket sales were a heavy factor in the cancellation.

According to the statement, ticket purchasers will receive full refunds, including service fees. FYF added that they will work to schedule local shows featuring artists from 2018’s lineup.

Industry commentators had praised this year’s fest lineup for its diversity. In addition to Jackson, Future, and FATM, My Bloody Valentine, Charlotte Gainsborough, the xx, and St. Vincent were scheduled to play.

Ticket sales began at the start of April, and though the fest still had two months left to sell tickets, evidently promoters decided it was too late to salvage it.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Singer Grimes (R) performs onstage during FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Rapper Vince Staples performs onstage during FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Grace Jones performs onstage during the FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: J. Tillman of Father John Misty performs at FYF Fest 2016 - Day 2 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: James Murphy and Nancy Whang (L) of LCD Soundsystem performs at FYF Fest 2016 - Day 2 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musical group Mac DeMarco performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Hip-hop artist Slim Jimmy of Rae Sremmurd performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Hip-hop artist Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd perform onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper RZA of Wu Tang Clan performs onstage with his side project Banks + Steelz during the FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Julia Holter performs onstage during the FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper Denzel Curry performs onstage during the FYF Festival at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Grace Jones performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Recording artist Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musician Andrew Charles White of Mac DeMarco performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for FYF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Drummer Thomas Mowforth of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats performs onstage during FYF Fest 2016 at Los Angeles Sports Arena on August 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for FYF)
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FYF Fest was founded by Sean Carlson in 2004 as a group of concerts in several Echo Park venues featuring two to three dozen punk-leaning bands and several comedians; over the past few years, it had grown into a formidable event, held in the city’s sprawling Exposition Park. Recent past performers included Kendrick Lamar, Carly Rae Jepsen, Father John Misty, Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Nine Inch Nails, Solange, FKA Twigs and more.

Read the full statement below:

After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel FYF Fest 2018.

Our team of many women and men have worked tirelessly on this event for many years but felt unable to present an experience on par with the expectations of our loyal fans and the Los Angeles music community this year.

We will be announcing some special local shows soon, featuring some of the amazing artists from the 2018 line up.

Ticket purchasers will automatically receive full refunds, including all service charges, beginning this Monday, May 7th, 2018. There is no action necessary on your end to receive a refund. You will receive an email notification from Festival Ticketing once your order is cancelled and refunded. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for the funds to appear in your bank account.

For any questions or concerns regarding your refund, please contact Ticket Purchase Support at support@festivalticketing.com or 855.278.6345. Ticket Purchase Support hours are MondayFriday9:00am – 5:00pm MST.

See the full alphabetical list of artists that were scheduled to play below.

Amber Mark
Bicep
Car Seat Headrest
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Courtesy
Cuco
Curtis Harding
Daniel Caesar
Daphni
Destroyer (solo)
Florence + the Machine
Future
Glassjaw
Janet Jackson
Jayda G
JPEGMAFIA
Kali Uchis
Lawrence Rothman
Lena Willikens
Lucy Dacus
Moodymann
Mount Kimbie
My Bloody Valentine
NEIL FRANCES
Nils Frahm
Nina Kraviz
Pachanga Boys
Palm
Prettiest Eyes
Protomartyr
Rhye
Roman Flügel
serpentwithfeet
Skating Polly
Skepta
St. Vincent
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sudan Archives
The Breeders
The Internet
The xx
U.S. Girls
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Yaeji
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