03. Blood Orange
Festivals get a lot of well-earned flak for not booking enough women on the main stage, but Dev Hynes wasn’t about to sit back and let that be the story of FYF 2016. The man behind Blood Orange invited seemingly every lady in his contact list onstage during his standout performance on Sunday afternoon, and the result may go down as the most guest-heavy set in FYF history. We knew we were in for something special when Carly Rae Jepsen came out early to perform “Better Than Me”, but the hits just kept coming even after the Canadian pop star exited stage left. Next up was Zuri Marley on “Love Ya”, then Sky Ferreira on “You’re Not Good Enough”. That’s right, Sky freaking Ferreira decided to just drop in, and her appearance was so thrilling that we’ll forgive her for reading most of her lyrics off a crumpled sheet of paper.
Oh, wait, you thought we were done here? Just minutes after Ferreira left the stage, Hynes got lonely again and called out Empress Of to help him out with their Freetown Sound collaboration, “Best to You”, then invited Nelly Furtado to perform their cassette-released single, “Hadron Collider”. In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear already, Blood Orange brought out the big guns for this one. But the literal parade of guests still didn’t overshadow his own considerable talents, whether he was shredding a guitar, shredding a cello, or merely gyrating across the stage in his fashionable Bad Boy Records windbreaker. It all added up to one hell of a set, once we actually sat down and counted all the people we had just seen onstage. –Collin Brennan