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FYF Fest Sets Out to Save Our State Parks

For the past five years, FYF — formerly known as F Yeah Fest — has been boasting an all indie lineup to help raise awareness for various causes. Now in it’s sixth installment, Sept. 5 will see FYF Presents Save Our State Parks, featuring Black Lips, Tim & Eric, Lightning Bolt, No Age, Converge, Lucero, Dillinger Escape Plan and Torche, among many other bands.

Appropriately set to take place at Los Angeles Historic State Park, the all-day event’s goal is “to provide a low-cost event of great entertainment while raising awareness of the possible closure of up to 100 State Parks.” These state parks are victims of recent budget cuts in the state of California that have slashed the basic funding necessary to keep them open.

When asked about his band’s inclusion in the event, Converge frontman Jacob Bannon told Noisecreep, “We are collectively excited and honored to be invited to play at this festival. It’s a good cause and there are a ton of diverse and interesting bands performing. It’s just an all around positive thing.”

Torche’s drummer Rick Smith also explains, “I think it’s a great thing. I worked at a state park in Florida for a little while, and it was my favorite job I’ve ever had. Some of the most beautiful land in our country is to be seen at state parks.”

And on a more personal note, the festival’s organizer Sean Carlson tells Noisecreep, “I want the people that go to this and look back that it was the best day of summer in ’09. If I could [have] that, then I feel it will all be worth it.”

Tickets for the Sept. 5 festival are available at TicketWeb, and $1 from each ticket will go to Homeboy Industries and the Harvest of Hope Foundation.

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