FYF Fest kicked off its 2017 edition on Friday (7/21) with a lineup coheadlined by Missy Elliott (playing her first show in a decade) and Bjork. Billboard says:
Where the empowerment of Missy comes from honest humor and volume (in beats and in dress code), Bjork’s comes from a fearless approach to flawless execution. It’s Bjork’s voice, orchestra and complex visual aids (including a round of fireworks) that could encounter a hitch at any occasion. But everything unfolds perfectly, even the parts she cannot control. A beautiful moth dances over my head during “Joga” as Bjork wraps her tongue around those beloved lyrics: “State of emergency is where I want to be.”
For Missy, on the other hand, her set is riddled with technical difficulties, and it becomes all the more entertaining for it. “Let me tell y’all some real shit,” she says to the crowd halfway through her hour-long set, confessing that she’s had to get rid of her in-ear monitors. “Y’all don’t know what happens to artists when they onstage. I lost my mic patch so I can’t hear shit but I’m still doing this shit. Real stars keep it moving.”
Flying Lotus, Oh Sees, Slowdive, Majid Jordan, Angel Olsen, Dave P, Hannibal Buress, Hundred Waters, Kelly Lee Owens, Horse Meat Disco, S U R V I V E, Royal Headache, Kamaiyah, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Beach Fossils, and Kirk Knight also played Friday at FYF. See pictures in the gallery above.
FYF Fest is streaming on twitter for the first time this year. You can also check out the full set times.
Photos by Elli Papayanopoulos, Erik Voake, Julian Bajsel, Kayla Reefer, Lance Skundrich, Laura June Kirsch, Michael Drummond, Miranda McDonald,SU Neil Husvar, Roger Ho, Santiago Felipe, and Quinn Tucker for FYF Fest