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FYF Fest Founder Sean Carlson Reportedly Out At Goldenvoice

No specific reason was given for his departure.
Laura June Kirsch for FYF Fest

Laura June Kirsch for FYF Fest

FYF Fest, one of the biggest multi-genre festivals on the West Coast, is about to have a different look at the top. Its founder, Sean Carlson, has parted ways with Goldenvoice, the parent company for FYF Fest.

In an internal email obtained by Variety, Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett, told the company that Carlson would not be retained as the head of FYF Fest and did not give a reason as to why he was leaving the company.

“Effective immediately, Goldenvoice has ended its relationship with Sean Carlson,” the email from Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett reads. “We’re evaluating our path forward as it relates to FYF Fest. Please have your agents direct all matters regarding Coachella booking directly to me.”

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In 2017, FYF Fest was headlined by the likes of Missy Elliot, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest Frank Ocean and Solange.

It is unclear how this will impact the festival and its relationship with FYF Fest. FYF partnered with Goldenvoice back in 2011. This echoes a similar development in the festival space where Gary Richards did not have his contract renewed at HARD Events, the company he founded decades ago, this summer. 

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