The folk/rock band Avett Brothers, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, rapper Ludacris and veteran rocker Billy Idol are among the top acts at the LouFest this weekend in St. Louis’ Forest Park.
“We’re all very excited about this years lineup. Hozier, the Avett Brothers, Ludacris at the the top are all very exciting.The middle of the lineup is terrific — really top to bottom.” said LouFest creator Brian Cohen, 46, an instructor and media specialist in the Department of Education at Washington University. “We have a really solid group of bands and a nice mix of styles so that there is a little bit of something for everyone.”
The festival features 34 bands on four stages with music ranging from American roots to hip-hop. A complete lineup of the bands and the schedule is available at www.Loufest.com.
Since it’s inception, LouFest has always made a point to include local bands. While there are no bands from the metro-east this year, the festival does have three St. Louis-based performers: American roots musician Pokey LaFarge, and alternative rockers Clockwork and American Wrestlers.
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The festival also will feature a food court, or Nosh Pit, will showcase local restaurants and food vendors; a Market Square with unique clothing, accessories and art work; and the Loukidz area that has family friendly activities including music, dancing, and face painting.
“This is turning out to be our biggest ever,” said Cohen. “Ticket sales are up. A great lineup, great food court, great art market, great kids area—All the areas we’re known for are back.”
Festivalgoers are encouraged go green and use public transportation or bicycle to the event. Tickets and passes are still available at www.loufest.com or at the front gate during the festival. Ticket prices start at $60 for one day, $95 for a two day pass and $350 for the two day VIP pass.
1-2 p.m. Knox Hamilton, KOA
2-3 p.m. Colony House, Clockwork
3-4 p.m. Blue October, The Black Cadillacs
4-5 p.m. Robert Delong, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
5-6 p.m. Nate Ruess, Brave Baby
6-7 p.m. Nico & Vinz, Milo Greene
7-8 p.m. Brandon Flowers, Coin
8-9 p.m. Ludacris, Albert Hammond Jr.
9-10 p.m. Hozier
1-1:45 p.m. Delta Rae, Earl Burrows
1:45-2:30 p.m. Hembree, American Wrestlers
2:30-3:30 p.m. Pokey Lafarge, The Suffers
3:30-4:30 p.m. Misterwives, The Bros. Landreth
4:30-5:30 p.m. Umphrey’s McGee, All Them Witches
5:30-6:30 p.m. Lord Huron, Strand of Oaks
6:30-7:30 p.m. Billy Idol, Walking Shapes
7:30-8:30 p.m. Young the Giant, JJ Grey & Mofro
8:30-10 p.m. The Avett Brothers