Ever since we confirmed that FYF would be returning for 2018, we’ve been eagerly awaiting all the details, and now they’re finally here. The festival returns to Exposition Park on July 21 and 22, 2018, with an amazing lineup of talent attached.
In a festival rarity, both nights will be headlined by women: Janet Jackson for Saturday and Florence and the Machine on Sunday. Joining them near the top of the bill are Future, St. Vincent, the XX, and My Bloody Valentine (MBV last played FYF in 2013, when their set was interrupted by technical troubles).
Beyond the top lines, there’s lots to be excited about on this lineup. Sudan Archives, Kali Uchis, the Internet, Rhye, Yaeji, and Skepta present an appealing track for fans of modern hip hop and R&B; rock and indie fans will gravitate towards Glassjaw, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Protomartyr. Many of the festival’s spots are held by women, people of color, queer-identified artists, and performers from outside the United States—which maybe shouldn’t be newsworthy in 2018, but actually marks a departure from many major festival lineups around the country.
The list of bands—at least what has been announced so far—is shorter than in previous years, perhaps in part due to the later start on planning and cloud of uncertainty which followed the ouster of founder Sean Carlson in late 2017. It has also returned to a two-day format, after last year’s experiment with expansion to a three-day festival.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the public on Friday, April 6 at noon. Weekend passes run $249 for GA to $549 for VIP and can be purchased online.