Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018 – 2:32 PM
Goldenvoice says it has canceled this year’s edition of the annual FYF festival scheduled for July 21 and 22 at Exposition Park with Janet Jackson and Florence + the Machine lined up as headliners.
Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement Sunday that its staff “felt unable to present an experience on par with the expectations of our loyal fans and the Los Angeles music community.”
But Billboard reported that Goldenvoice pulled the plug on FYF due to low ticket sales.
The FYF Fest had been seen as reflecting an effort to bring gender parity to a male-dominated festival scene. In addition to Jackson and Florence + the Machine, FYF was to feature several mostly female acts.
For FYF, the representation of women seemed particularly important as it followed Goldenvoice’s split last year with the show’s founder, Sean Carlson, after he was accused by several women of sexual abuse and assault, the Los Angeles Times reported. The company replaced him at FYF’s helm with Jennifer Yacoubian, a Goldenvoice veteran who’d previously booked shows at the El Rey Theatre and the Shrine Auditorium.
Goldenvoice was the promoter behind this year’s Coachella Music & Art Festival and the Stagecoach festival, both in Indio.