INAUGURAL EDITION AUGUST 2018
CONCLUDED WITH CRITICAL AND FAN ACCLAIM
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Last summer, Los Angeles welcomed its newest major music festival to downtown: ALL MY FRIENDS. Today (May 7), the fest announces it will return to ROW DTLA this fall. The 2019 edition will take place Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday, May 10 at 10am here: http://www.amfdtla.com
Situated on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District at ROW DTLA, a creative space and shopping destination, the ALL MY FRIENDS’ inaugural festival drew over 20,000 music fans and featured three stages headlined by RL GRIME, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, M.I.A., Jamie XX and Armand Van Helden plus many more. The festival was immersed in the industrial backdrop of one of Los Angeles’ major produce markets and former home of American Apparel (whose slogan ‘Made In Downtown LA’ still is prominently displayed on one of ROW DTLA’s main buildings).
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ALL MY FRIENDS’ first turn garnered strong reviews in the press:
” …as 10,000 fans piled out after Jamie xx, the concept and structure of All My Friends were all in place. The Row is a singular site for a show like this (and already has some built-in hipster pedigree as the old American Apparel factory). Richards obviously has the reach and depth to update his musical formula for shifting tastes…the fest was cleanly executed from the minute gates opened.”
— August Brown, Los Angeles Times (8/20/18)
“The All My Friends (AMF) festival is an annual Los Angeles event that brings together the feel good vibes of Southern California with some of the most interesting and innovative names in music. Founded by Gary Richards, an early pioneer of electronic music who also created worldwide festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and HARD, All My Friends 2018 featured a lineup of faves like RL Grimes, Gucci Mane, M.I.A. and Jamie XX.”
— Claire Valentine, PAPER (8/22/18)
“The edge of the Arts District in downtown L.A. was the place to get down this weekend as L.A. native and electronic dance music heavyweight Gary Richards brought his inaugural two-day All My Friends music festival to the industrial neighborhood. The hip-hop, dance and R&B-focused festival included about three dozen acts performing on three stages with top names such as RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, M.I.A., Jamie xx and Armand Van Helden on Saturday and Sunday.”
— Richard Guzman, LA Daily News/Southern California News Group (8/19/18)
“Urban, accessible and full of musical wonderment, the debut of AMF (All My Friends) Festival in Downtown Los Angeles on August 18-19 made a significant impression on the City of Angels’ diverse, but notoriously electronically challenged musical landscape.”
— Cameron Hollbrook and Valerie Lee, Mixmag (8/23/18)
“…the downtown region of Los Angeles, once home to some of the best festivals that now seemingly only exist in the nostalgic time of yesteryear, has seen little to no action in terms of festival vibes puncturing the atmosphere… that is until All My Friends (AMF) Festival took over ROW DTLA this past weekend…Gary Richards promised to return to the festival world with an all new event. His new brand, ALL MY FRIENDS, or AMF for short, debuted its premiere festival in downtown LA bringing out around 20k people over the summer weekend. After attending AMF, it’s safe to say Richards’ return hails a new era for festival life in the downtown area. Catering to the more experienced tastes of crowds that are looking for much more than an EDM festival, Richards has maintained a penchant for booking more mature types of sounds and artists that can sometimes be put to the side at typical EDM events. Even after showcasing his diverse taste in music for well over a decade, his latest festival iteration proves that while the sounds may have changed over the years, Richards’ ability to cultivate a massive event featuring a wide variety of top notch talent has stood the test of time. AMF featured a unique blend of sound from some of the best names in electronic, indie, and hip hop.”
— Greg Sills, YourEDM (8/27/18)
“There was something refreshing about walking into the parking lot of the old American Apparel buildings in Downtown LA and knowing that you were about to encounter Gary Richard’s first take at his own festival in over a year; All My Friends Fest. It was hard to make out if it was gonna be newbie ravers or seasoned festival goers, heck, even a more eclectic festival crowd on Saturday afternoon, but as soon as the sun went down it was just a mixture of people happy to get far away from back to back bangers ready to indulge in mature party vibes. The lineup featured acts such as Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Jaime XX, and RL Grime, to name a few. Deceivingly Hip-Hop oriented, the lineup also featured powerhouse Techno and House acts such as Chris Lake, Soul Clap, Chris Lorenzo, and Destructo himself, proving Gary Richards is staying true to his roots.”
— Omar Serrano, Run The Trap (8/26/18)
“Downtown Los Angeles got rocked last weekend for Gary Richards’ aka Destructo‘s inaugural All My Friends Festival, which boasted performances from M.I.A., Gucci Mane, RL Grime, Jhené Aiko, and many more. Other than Night on Broadway, which is thrown by LA City Council, we haven’t had a proper music festival in the streets of downtown LA lately, so just the proposition of seeing the streets in action as a venue is exhilarating.”
— Molly Hankins, NestHQ (8/22/18)
“If there is something we have learned from Richards and the team, it’s fans will follow you anywhere to have a good time. All My Friends is a festival that should be on your summer bucket list. “
— Hemant Varshney, Popdust (8/23/18)
Other major AMFAMFAMF events coming up include the newly announced All My Friends Seattle July 4 with Chris Lake, Justin Martin, Destructo, Noizu, Vnssa at Mural Amphitheatre Seattle Center and the second annual Friendship music cruise (www.thefriendship.com) which sets sail aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Navigator of the Seas January 6-10, 2020.
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About ROW DTLA
ROW DTLA is located on the edge of the expanding Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. First known as the LA Terminal Market, ROW DTLA was built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad and continues to be a major hub for the distribution of produce across the region. The thirty-acre district and its historic, industrial series of buildings have evolved into a walkable urban environment comprised of a unique and highly curated collective of restaurants, retail shops, creative office workspaces, galleries, event venues, and an abundance of amenities amid nearly two million square feet of space. The scope and scale caters to a forward-thinking creative community, while preserving the inherent character of this historic, evolving area.