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LouFest Music Festival
Dates September 8-9, 2018
Location(s) Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Years active 2010 - Present
Founded by Listen Live Entertainment
Website http://LouFest.com

The LouFest Music Festival is an annual two-day event, held on Central Field in Forest Park, located in St. Louis, Missouri. The event features local, regional and national acts, with an aesthetic range from funk and indie-rock to alt-country and soul. The event features four stages with alternating performances throughout the weekend. The festival grounds include a children’s stage and village, an environmentally friendly vendor area and a food court featuring restaurants from St. Louis neighborhoods.[1]


The Loufest Music Festival was formally founded in November 2009 with the first event taking place August 28 and 29, 2010. The event was the creation of Brian Cohen, a documentary filmmaker originally from Abilene, Texas.[2] 2010 headliners included Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Built to Spill, The Airborne Toxic Event, Titus Andronicus, Fruit Bats, and Jeff Tweedy.[3]

2018 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2018 LouFest music festival will be held on September 8 and 9th, a Saturday and Sunday.

Lineup has not been announced yet.

2017 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2017 LouFest music festival was held on September 9 and 10, a Saturday and Sunday. The festival was moved from the grand fields to the area around the upper lot of The Muny.

Artists performing:

Saturday: Snoop Dogg, Cage the Elephant, Spoon, Huey Lewis & the News, Marian Hill, ZZ Ward, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Hippo Campus, Middle Kids, Ron Gallo, Mvstermind, Jonny P, Chris Bandi, Mathias & the Pirates and Starwolf

Sunday: Weezer, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lizzo, Lecrae, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Houndmouth, The Record Company, Mondo Cozmo, Noname, Future Thieves, Okey Dokey, Jack Grelle, Jess Nolan, 18andcounting, Beth Bombara

Note: Harts was originally scheduled to play Sunday but dropped off and was replaced by Okey Dokey.

2016 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2016 LouFest music festival was held on September 10 and 11, a Saturday and Sunday.[4]

Artists performing:

Saturday: Chris Stapleton, Band of Horses, Big Gigantic, St. Lucia, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaries, Frightened Rabbit, The Heavy, Foxing, Caveman, Chicano Batman, Diarrhea Planet, The Quaker City Night Hawks, Twin Limb, JMR, Illphonics, Bruiser Queen, The Sleepy Rubies

Sunday: LCD Soundsystem, Lauryn Hill, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Shakey Graves, Vince Staples, Greensky Bluegrass, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Judah and the Lion, Rayland Baxter, Mothers, NAWAS, Bonnie Bishop, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Karate Bikini, John Hardy.

2015 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2015 LouFest music festival was held on September 12 and 13, a Saturday and Sunday.

The lineup was officially released on May 15.

Saturday: Hozier, Ludacris, Brandon Flowers, Nate Ruess, Blue October, Albert Hammond Jr., Nico & Vinz, Robert DeLong, Milo Greene, Knox Hamilton, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Colony House, Brave Baby, The Black Cadillacs, Coin, Clockwork, KOA

Sunday: The Avett Brothers, Young the Giant, Billy Idol, Umphrey's McGee, Lord Huron, JJ Grey & Mofro, Pokey Lafarge, Misterwives, Delta Rae, Strand of Oaks, The Suffers, Walking Shapes, All Them Witches, The Bros. Landreth, Hembree, American Wrestlers, Earl Burrows

2014 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2014 LouFest Music Festival was held on September 6–7 with a lineup that included the following:

Saturday: Arctic Monkeys, Cake, The 1975, Future Islands, Yo La Tengo, Washed Out, RAC, Blackberry Smoke, Delta Spirit, San Fermin, Those Darlins, Falls, Skaters, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Black Pistol Fire, Alanna Royale, Kins, The Jane Shermans, Colin Lake, Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters

Sunday: OutKast, Grouplove, Matt and Kim, Portugal. The Man, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Cherub, Vintage Trouble, Lettuce, Moon Taxi, Empires, Young & Sick, The Districts, Kopecky Family Band, Glass Animals, AJR, UME, Old Salt Union, Marc Scibilia, Dylan McDonald & the Avians, Pretty Little Empire

Note: Kelis and Holychild were originally scheduled to perform but were later replaced by Yo La Tengo and UME

2013 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2013 LouFest Music Festival was held on September 7–8.

Saturday, September 7: Wilco, Jim James, The National, Toro y Moi, Fitz and The Tantrums, Ra Ra Riot, Trampled by Turtles, Robert DeLong, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Jukebox the Ghost, Wild Belle, Desert Noises, Space Capone, Modoc, Kentucky Knife Fight

Sunday, September 8: The Killers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, Icona Pop, Local Natives, Walk the Moon, Court Yard Hounds, Twin Shadow, Youngblood Hawke, The Mowgli's, Brick + Mortar, Wild Cub, Tef Poe, Andrea Davidson, The Lonely Biscuits

2012 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2012 LouFest Music Festival was held on August 25–26.

Saturday, August 25: Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Phantogram, Son Volt, Little Barrie, Cotton Mather, King Tuff, Sleepy Kitty

Sunday, August 26: The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Wild Nothing, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, THEESatisfaction, Pernikoff Brothers

Note: We Are Scientists were originally scheduled to play Sunday but were forced to drop off due to health reasons and were replaced by Wild Nothing.

2011 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2011 LouFest Music Festival was held on August 27–28. The 2nd year line-up included:

Saturday, August 27: The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, Questlove (DJ set), Surfer Blood, Dom, Kings Go Forth, Sleepy Sun, Troubadour Dali, Jon Hardy & the Public

Note: The Roots were originally scheduled to headline Saturday night but were forced to cancel due to Hurricane Irene.

Sunday, August 28: TV on the Radio, Cat Power, !!!, Das Racist, The Low Anthem, Lost in the Trees, UME, Jumbling Towers, Old Lights

2010 LouFest Music Festival[edit]

The 2010 LouFest Music Festival was held on August 28–29.

Saturday, August 28: Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Airborne Toxic Event, Lucero, Titus Andronicus, Adam Reichman, So Many Dynamos, stephaniesǐd, The Bottle Rockets

Note: Northwoods were originally scheduled to play Saturday but dropped off due to a scheduling conflict and were replaced by The Bottle Rockets.

Sunday, August 29: She & Him, Jeff Tweedy, Alejandro Escovedo, Fruit Bats, Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, Gentleman Auction House, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Magnolia Summer, Kim Massie

Forest Park[edit]

Forest Park was dedicated on June 24, 1876. The park grounds are most famous for hosting the 1904 World’s Fair. Forest Park is a public park located in western part of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It has hosted several significant events, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 and the 1904 Summer Olympics. Bounded by Skinker Boulevard, Lindell Boulevard, Kingshighway Boulevard, and Interstate 64, the park is known as the "Heart of St. Louis" and features a variety of attractions, including the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Science Center, the Jewel Box, and The Muny outdoor theater. The park caters to more than 12 million visitors annually and plays host to a number of culturally significant events including the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, The St. Louis Earth Day Festival, the St. Louis African Arts Festival, The annual St. Louis Wine Festival, Beer Heritage Festival, and St. Louis Micro-Fest (a microbrewery showcase festival).


The festival offers free water refills and discourages the use of plastic bottles. Food and beverage vendors at LouFest are required to only use recyclable or compostable products.



  1. ^ Nolen, Casey (August 27, 2010). "First ever Loufest in Forest Park". KSDK. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Durchholz, Dan (July 28, 2010). "Cohen's passion for music festivals pays dividends for St. Louisans". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Durchholz, Daniel (August 30, 2010). "Inaugural LouFest a near-perfect mix of genres". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Loufest Homepage". Loufest.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  5. ^ "The Roots, TV on the Radio Headlining LouFest 2011 :: Music :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ Alan Greenblatt. "Eight Things You Need To Know Before You Start A Music Festival : The Record". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  7. ^ "LouFest founder says event gets bigger with Flaming Lips, Girl Talk | The Blender". Stltoday.com. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 

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