On Sunday August 18th, Lykke Li’s inaugural all female festival, YOLA DÍA, kicked off at LA Historic State Park to a sold out crowd and was the first women’s festival to hit L.A.in 20 years. The day was kicked a speech by renowned activist Dolores Huerta who unveiled an art installation of one-of-a-kind flags that were auctioned off to benefit the ACLU.
The rest of the day featured performances by female artists Lykke Li chose herself: Lia Ices, CupcakKe, Empress Of, Kelsey Lu, Megan Thee Stallion, Courtney Love & The Chateau Band, SOPHIE, Cat Power, and of course Lykke Li closing out the evening with a dance party on stage. Megan Thee Stallion continues to let fans know she’s still having a “Hot Girl Summer” by performing her break out hit single while Courtney Love pumped up the crowd by playing a bunch of Hole songs and covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” and Echo and the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon.” Well-known partygoers included Karen O., Spike Jonze, King Princess, Brandon Boyd, Rostam, Kelly Osbourne, Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer, and more.
*all photos by Steve Rose
In addition, $1 from every ticket from the Live Nation produced event is going to The Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, an organization exclusively serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.
YOLA DÍA is named after and presented by YOLA Mezcal — a female-run mezcal brand based in Oaxaca, Mexico founded by Yola Jimenez, Lykke Li, and Gina Correll Aglietti, utilizing a recipe and farm passed down from Yola’s grandfather. Employing only women in their hand-bottling facility and sales force, YOLA is dedicated to developing the economic autonomy of the women of Oaxaca by providing them with steady work and fair wages. YOLA DÍA is a festival curated by the YOLA Mezcal founders highlighting extraordinary talents in music, food, and visual arts who embody the spirit and ethos of today’s female leaders and capturing the voice of the future.
Source: Press Release