FYF Fest has been canceled, according to a post on the event’s social media pages. The canceled event, originally scheduled to take place on July 21 and 22 at Exposition Park would have marked the 15th annual edition of the long-running Los Angeles festival. According to Billboard, the festival’s promoter, Goldenvoice and AEG Live, cited low ticket sales as the reason for cancellation.
The lineup was set to feature performances from Florence and the Machine, Janet Jackson, The Breeders, Future, the xx, My Bloody Valentine, St. Vincent, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Car Seat Headrest, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and more.
As the statement reads:
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 lineup.
The cancellation comes at the end of a trying, scandal-ridden year for the long-tenured festival. In late 2017, festival founder Sean Carlson was accused of sexual misconduct and removed as the FYF head by Goldenvoice. In February of this year, it was announced that a trio of female FYF staff members had created a new company, This Is Who We Are Now, that took over the concerts booked as FYF Presents. For the actual FYF Fest, Goldenvoice’s Jennifer Yacoubian booked the recently-announced 2018 lineup–a female-heavy roster that set out to continue the event’s quest for redemption after Carlson’s misconduct came to light. However, with low April ticket sales, the promoting partners decided that they weren’t confident in moving forward with FYF. As of yet, the future of FYF Fest beyond this summer is unclear.
You can see a full statement about the cancellation on the FYF website.