Katy Perry & John Mayer spotted at FYF [photo: Instagram]L.A.'s very first F*** Yeah Festival took place as a free underground event way back in 2004, founded by a then-18-year-old indie fan with a dream named Sean Carlson. Eight years later, the festival is now a legit, Goldenvoice-promoted, two-day music marathon at Downtown Los Angeles's 20,000-capacity Historic State Park, drawing impressive acts like omnipresent alt-pop radio heroes M83 and recent "Saturday Night Live" performers Sleigh Bells to its four stages and totally random celebrities like an apparently-still-dating Katy Perry/John Mayer (pictured right, in a fan's Instagram shot) and the one and only Octomom to its frenetically moshing audiences.
Sleigh Bells slay at FYF [photo: Raymond Flotat / mxdwn.com]
The fest also now goes by the more family-friendly acronym "FYF Festival," though please don't ask me what the extra "F" stands for. (Seriously, doesn't "FYF Festival" literally mean "F*** Yeah Festival Festival"? Whatever.) All I know is the "F" doesn't stand for "Fail," because despite indie purists' fears that the festival's elevated profile and expanded lineup would cause the event to stray from Carlson's original vision, this may have been the best FYF yet.Read More »from F Yeah! The 10 Most Memorable Moments Of The 2012 FYF Festival