St. Louis' live music scene is growing, and one popular addition is LouFest, a two-day indie music festival held each August in Forest Park. Top national and local musicians perform each year for a large crowd of dedicated fans. Headliners for 2012 include The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. Here's information on where to get tickets, the schedule of bands and everything you need to know about LouFest 2012.
When and Where:
LouFest 2012 is Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, at Central Field in Forest Park.
Central Field is located off of Wells Drive, east of the Jewel Box. LouFest runs each day from noon to 10 p.m.
The music is clearly the big draw at LouFest. Here's the schedule of bands for 2012:Saturday, August 25
1 p.m. - Sleepy Kitty
2 p.m. - King Tuff
3 p.m. - Cotton Mather
4 p.m. - Little Barrie
5 p.m. - Son Volt
6 p.m. - Phantogram
7 p.m. - Dinosaur Jr.
8:30 p.m. - Girl Talk
Sunday, August 26
1 p.m. - Pernikoff Brothers
2 p.m. - THEESatisfaction
3 p.m. - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
4 p.m. - Wild Nothing
5 p.m. - Cults
6 p.m. - Dawes
7 p.m. - Dr. Dog
8 p.m. - The Flaming Lips
Going Green/Getting Around:
Another big part of LouFest is the commitment to going green. There are recycling bins through out the festival grounds to reduce waste. Organizers are also asking everyone to bike or use public transportation as much as possible. Bike riders can take advantage of the free valet bike parking by the festival entrance. Another good way to get to LouFest is Metrolink. Take the train to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station, then ride the Forest Park Tolley to Central Field. The trolley runs each day of the festival from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For the Kids:
The music and beer garden may be for adults, but there is a way to keep the kids entertained during LouFest. Area K
is a special section of the festival grounds for kids of all ages. It's open each day from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Workers from the Magic House
and St. Louis Science Center
will be on hand to make arts and crafts. There's also a rock climbing wall, entertainment, snacks and more.
Other Things to Know:
Everyone must pass through security to get into the festival. Bags will be checked for prohibited items like glass bottles, coolers, food and drinks. Pets are also not allowed at the festival. Each person can bring one unopened bottle of water or an empty metal or plastic bottle.
Tickets for LouFest are available online.
A one-day pass is $40 and a two-day pass is $70. All children ages ten and younger get in free with a paying adult. Those with a valid ticket are allowed to leave and re-enter the festival grounds. LouFest will go on regardless of weather and no refunds will be issued for tickets.