The term “ ” conjures up images of remote grounds where -goers roam an inaccessible and vast plot of land while wearing tie dye and spreading a message of love. A commune-like experiment where nature meets the arts, and attendees are free to escape the day-to-day rigor of the city. But this is not up-state in the 60’s, and 2012 is about as far from the grandiose hippie imagery of yesteryear as a festival can be.

Located about 100 yards from the Chinatown gold line stop, L.A. State Historic Park is the perfect venue for the multifarious, two day musical event. The downtown cityscape will provide the backdrop for the decidedly modern , which is fitting, because the thread between artists, if there is one, is the metropolitan feel of the . The city influence amalgamates the various acts on the , and the non-rural character of the will be appropriately accentuated by the urban locale.

in it’s eighth year, the Labor Day event has become a multi-day affair and seems to be on the brink of outgrowing its venue. Formerly known as “Fuck Yeah Fest”, the event is branded as the more PC acronym, FYF. Yet, the festival faithful still use the expletive filled name when referring to the event, and it has not lost any of its edge as a result. Changing the moniker has not lessened the excitement levels either, and as fall approaches, it is time to experience what L.A. music have been rumbling about all summer.

Continue on to read about a few featured artists and a bundle of videos from artists we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend.